FuturePLAY is happy to bring an indigenous educator to support your STEAM learning activities. During this session you will learn about infusing the Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather teachings and the Micro:Bit. We will discuss the Seven grandfather teachings, complete an introductory Micro:Bit activity as well as look at an example of a more advanced lesson. We will make connections with Character Education, the Medicine Wheel, personal strengths, Sacred Medicines and coding and at the end, there will be time for Q&As.
Presenter: Kim Kirk is the Indigenous Education Leader at the Rainy River District School Board. Kim is a Metis women who grew up in Fort Frances, graduated from Fort Frances High School and then went on to get her Bachelor of Arts and Education degree in Thunder Bay. Upon graduation in 2004, Kim moved West where she taught 1/2/3 split classes in Winnipeg and grade 4 classes in Calgary at Foundations for the Future Charter Academy. After her son Willem was born in 2009, Kim moved back home to Fort Frances, where she could be closer to family and raise Willem where he could hunt and fish. For 9 years, Kim worked as a Program Support teacher with Seven Generations Education Institute supporting five on reserve schools in Treaty 3 and was the Manager of the First Nation Student Success program. Kim is very passionate about closing the digital gap and providing access to innovative and exciting technology to all students. After hours, Kim sits on the Fort Frances Minor Hockey board as the registrar and enjoys watching her son play hockey.
Requirements: Participants will need access to a computer, a reliable internet connection and Micro:Bit (if you have one).