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The 30th Annual Regional Technology Awareness Day
Building Bridges With Your Stories
Through stories, we learn from one another and build a network of support. Stories can connect and inspire
us. This year, we put the focus on your stories and the bridges they will build between us.

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Friday, December 14 • 12:25pm - 1:00pm
Make Your Mark: Fostering Creative Problem-Solvers Through Storytelling, Courage & Technology

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In a world that is facing increasing challenges, there is one human superpower that the Reynolds brothers are confident will come to the rescue: creativity. Human ingenuity, persistence, and creative problem solving are needed to tackle a host of global problems - from cleaner energy to community development, from poverty to access to clean water, from the causes and impact of climate change to access to more affordable and equitable wellness for all. To that end, the Reynolds are dedicated to inspiring creativity and bravery in the next generation of creative problem-solvers around the globe.

In particular, the Reynolds have championed a constructionist approach to STEM learning technologies with very young learners. Their non-profit Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity has overseen the development of Fab@School Maker Studio, a web-based digital fabrication software that allows students to create machines, 3D models, and pop-ups with tools ranging from scissors to inexpensive 2D cutters and 3D printers. Core to the project has been providing opportunities for digital fabrication to diverse populations in terms of age, race, and socio-economic status. Technological proficiency is the next opportunity gap, and early exposure to and familiarity with digital tools can help underserved young people bridge this gap. By starting early in life, with the support and participation of their caregivers, these interests, skills, and abilities will follow students through their academic careers and beyond.

Peter and Paul Reynolds launched Boston-based educational media & technology firm FableVision in 1996 with a mission to create and share positive media, storytelling and technology to move the world to a better place. The impact of their films, best-selling storybooks for all ages, and creativity software has been felt by millions around the globe - especially in classrooms, school libraries and other places of learning. Core to their message is the deep-seated belief that creative human potential exists in every young learner. But this unfolding gift must be both protected from a myriad of pressures, and fostered as early as possible and encouraged life-long.

Share the Reynolds’ personal journeys, which gave them the courage not only to navigate their own unique creative work, but led them to make it their own life’s mission to encourage others to do the same. Enjoy snippets of their acclaimed short animated films and storybooks that continue to inspire others to rethink old systems of learning that stifle the very creativity that this next generation of learners will need to take on our planet’s future demands, conflicts and crises.

Sponsored by Cisco

Friday December 14, 2018 12:25pm - 1:00pm
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