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I recently spoke about the importance of makerspaces in schools at at the TEDxNYED conference.

It was the most nerve-wracking experience ever. For some reason, the organizers asked me to close the conference. My talk was supposed to be under 15 mins, but it was running over 18, so I asked for a few more minutes. But then at the end of the conference, we were running overtime and I had to rush through the presentation. By the end my mind was racing with thoughts that I was messing this up and feeling severe impostor syndrom. YIKES!

In the end I think I overprepared and tried to read a script that I wrote. I should have decreased the number of slides and just spoke off the cuff about each one. I’ve only been able to watch the first half. But I’ve gotten good feedback.

My students recently discovered it and they are really proud of me, so I’ll share it here:

Let me know what you think. I’d love a chance to retry this talk sometime…so if you know of a venue or event where it might be appropriate to talk about makerspaces in schools, let me know. Thanks!



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June 5th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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