Mark Shillitoe & Sarah Woods (Precon)

Maker your own learning


Ever wonder why classes involve everyone doing the same thing at the same time? Ever wish you could explore and experiment with how class time works? Ever try to figure out how the “Maker” movement might fit into your classroom?  We do and that’s why we’ve created a day that will be driven by your interests and needs. We’ll offer a framework of gamification for those who need something to hang their experiments on and an open-ended design challenge for those who just want to tinker at the graffiti table.

Possible Outcomes

You’ll be hacking your conference badge with paper circuitry and led stickers, hooking up Makey Makey, synthesiser, Arduino lighting and Raspberry Pi to make things blink and more.

Try your hand at DIY activist art and grow the conference into a giant rock, paper, scissors bonanza!

You’ll also get to experiment with how core human drives, influence enjoyment in play and explore how to design your own game with a balance of black and white hat elements.

Together we’ll keep the Maker movement flowing through the conference!

Intended Audience

This session is open to all classroom teachers, from absolute beginner to extremely experienced, who are curious, open-minded and excited to integrate the maker movement into their classrooms. Learning and thinking with your hands through open exploration. 


Mark is excited about providing opportunities for curious learners to discover and explore an evolving learning landscape. As a digital artist, tinkerer and innovator, he leads learning innovations and creativity at a Swiss International School. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Technology Will Save Us Ambassador & Mozilla Club Leader. His current projects include developing Genius Hour, infusing the maker movement across school, leading European Code/Maker Week initiatives and authoring an iTunes U course to empower mobile learning leaders by ‘Making Thinking Visible’.

Mark has recently led workshops and created ‘pop up’ makerspaces at Learning2 Europe, ECIS Technology Conference, Munich and Practical Pedagogies, Toulouse.

Talk to Mark about Invention Literacy, MakerSpaces, Web remixing, Mozilla Clubs, Sound art installations, Social media in the classroom, Google Classroom, iPad initiatives, making thinking visible in the Amazon Rainforest, DIY wearable technology and his Skateboard upgrade maker project!

Sarah Woods is an MYP Design Technology teacher at the International School of Amsterdam; previous to that she was was the IT Director and an IT Integration Coach at Pechersk School International in Ukraine. She can also be seen on the TEDx stage in her talk, “Identity: Where Fear and Change Intersect in Education”. She is a member of the ECIS Technology|Innovation|Design committee and holds a Masters of Science in Education in K-12 Technology Integration. Sarah is a Google Suite for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator and has worked extensively with Google Suite for Education in schools for teaching and learning, resource management, calendaring, collaboration, curation and much more! She has worked in international schools for over 10 years.

Sarah has a unique presentation style and her sessions reflect her passion for student-directed learning. Expect to try new things – her hero is Miss Frizzle, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”




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