May 9, 2016:

Bay Area Tutoring Association’s Director, Chris Norwood, presented at Stanford Graduate School of Education’s Education’s Digital Future: Equity By Design

Campfire Chat Topic: How to Broaden Access to Making with Technology

In attendance:  Cornie Brower: Makerspace teacher at Portola Valley School, Mike Bushell English and PE School Teacher in San Jose, beginning a media afterschool program to get kids to create different projects via Media Tools.  Jai 4th grade chinese immersion teacher in San Francisco.

Christa Flores 5th grade science – using GAFE to reinvent how technology is being used.

Presenter:  Chris Norwood, Director Bay Area Tutor Association

Working with enrichment and intervention K-12, bay area tutor initiative Bay Area Tutor Initiative.  Shares best practices throughout districts because teachers work in silos.

Defining “Making”:  Makerspaces is the creative process of making a project.  “Making” from an educational standpoint can be empowering, and movements that can begin at a PLC, PD, Discussions, etc.  Makerspaces can be seen as non-direct, non-traditional delivery of content.  It can be the combination of design and manufacturing of any works using STEAM.  Example:  Make a motion movie for creating,  using blogs, Google Sites, or any educational products teachers choose to educate with different elements.

  • Technology is a tool for students to reach literacy and to create products.
  • Manage products, manage content, and manage audience.
  • Broadcast rich content to other countries, such as China.
  • Making – drives creativity via the use an app and students create.
  • Students are now collaborating with students around the world.
  • Technology is broadening access


  • Digital Storytelling
  • Maker projects for English Teachers
  • Desegregate with collaboration – Google Classroom, Blogging, Code writing
  • Redefine traditional technology.  Makerspace will allow new connections via CCSS, Digital Literacy Standards, Differentiation, Crosscultural Interaction.

Incorporate “making” into their curriculum plan.  How does this align into site, district, and national standards?