December 2018 Highlighted Educator
Every month, Cube For Teachers highlights an educator on Cube that is recognized for their ongoing collaboration, helping other educators by sharing and curating effective teaching resources.
If you are an educator looking for ways to integrate coding, STEAM, computational thinking along with assessment into your curriculum, be sure to add educator, Brian Aspinall to your shortlist of go-tos for ideas and inspiration.
A bit about Brian Aspinall...
Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author and three times TEDx speaker who is considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in education. His book, Code Breaker – 15+ Ways to Get Started With Coding, continues to top the charts in STEAM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEAM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!
We recently asked Brian a few questions. Here is what he had to share…
When it comes to education, what are you passionate about?
Brian: “STEAM, CS, assessment and reaching all students.”
Is there a new frontier in education you are gearing up to explore?
Brian: “We continue to shift the ways in which we teach and instruct lessons but have done little to revamp evaluation practices. I believe all students can achieve if given a fair chance and that with the right scaffolding of tools, technology and time, kids will give their best work. The idea of grading students based on a structured unit of time is something I wish to rethink.“
What benefit would you bring to another Cube follower? (i.e. What kinds of resources do you most often share?)
Brian: “I have spent the last ten plus years working to integrate coding and computer science into “regular” classrooms. I use the quotations to mean general elementary homerooms. What does coding look like in grade 6? Ask Brian!”
Is there a Cube folder or member you would like us to highlight?
Brian: “Doug Peterson. Not only was he a university prof of mine but continues to be a mentor to this day.”
What resources are you currently searching for?
Brian: “I am always on the hunt for science, technology, engineering, arts and math goodies. Not fancy worksheets, but real, authentic immersive experiences that provide students with a sandbox of learning.”
Is there anything else you would like us to highlight?
Brian: “With Hour of Code week (CSEdWeek) on the horizon, you might be interested in a copy of my book, Code Breaker – Increase Creativity Remix Assessment and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas!“
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