Just wanted to put in a mention of Gary Stager’s summer conference “Constructing Modern Knowledge” coming up this summer in New Hampshire. I’ve cribbed Gary’s description from Dave’s blog below.

This highly-affordable, immersive, minds-on institute is my attempt to create a space in which educators can explore a wide range of ways in which computers may be used to make the learning environment richer and more creative. My goal is not for participants to leave able to say, “I heard Macarthur Genius and small schools pioneer Deborah Meier,” but rather, “I spent time with Deborah Meier.”

We don’t predict the future, but explore the ways in which we may use computers and creativity software today to dramatically increase learning opportunities.

Last year’s participants worked on personally meaningful projects involving robotics, music composition, animation, digital imaging, computer programming, video editing, simulation building, kinetic sculpture, scientific modeling and much more. Best of all, they had plenty of time, resources and support for bringing projects to life.

This year’s amazing guest speakers include:

• Deborah Meier – Veteran educational innovator, author, small schools pioneer, blogger and first K-12 educator named a Macarthur Genius
• Herbert Kohl – A giant of progressive education and author of more than 40 acclaimed books about teaching and learning
• Lesa Snider King – Expert in digital imaging and photography, author of Photoshop CS4, the Missing Manual
• Brian Silverman – If you’ve used Logo, LogoWriter, MicroWorlds, programmable LEGO or Scratch, Brian had a hand in creating those
• Peter Reynolds – Award-winning illustrator, illustrator, animator, software developer and children’s book author

Our faculty includes myself, Dr. Cynthia Solomon (one of Logo’s 3 creators), Sylvia Martinez of Generation YES and John Stetson who IMHO is the world’s best teacher.

There will be a special reception held at the legendary FableVision Studios to kickoff the Big Night in the Big City (Boston)

Registrants will also receive free creativity software from Tech4Learning, LCSI, Inspiration and FableVision!

Manchester is easy to reach, affordable and there are discounts for teams of three or more registrants.

Check out http://constructingmodernknowledge.com for more information.

Constructing Modern Knowledge is sponsored by the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (aalf.org) and The Constructivist Consortium. CEUs are available.