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Krissy Venosdale

Website: http://krissyvenosdale.com/


Innovation Coordinator at The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX)


Krissy Venosdale is a teacher, learner, maker, and dreamer. With almost 20 years of experience in education, she currently runs her school’s makerspace, “The Launch Pad,” for Prek to 4th grade learners. She also spends her days supporting classroom teachers, and overseeing the 4th-grade live morning news broadcast, KLSTV, and keeping the building technology operating to maximize learning opportunities. She loves incorporating creativity and technology in authentic ways, helping teachers grow, and seeing kids experience the true power of being global citizens. As much as she loves gadgets, she also truly believes in the raw power of a kid’s imagination. She’s both a Google Certified Innovator and an Apple Distinguished Educator. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running with her dog, spoiling her rabbit, and doodling with Sharpies. She believes wholeheartedly that joy should be an educational standard.

Where to find Krissy at #INConnectED

Session Date Time Room
Idea Toolkit: MAKE Learning Amazing
Thursday, Oct. 17
In this session, we’ll explore a variety of ways to incorporate making into a classroom or makerspace. Making with simple materials, exploring a few ways to incorporate robotics and design, and more. Demonstrations, as well as “make and play” in this session.
Spotlight Chat: Creativity (with CJ Casciotta and Tim Wilhelmus)
Thursday, Oct. 17
Library Media Center
Join some of our spotlight and featured speakers for an informal conversation around creativity in the classroom. In this session, you are welcome to share your own thoughts, ideas, and questions, or just sit back and listen to the conversation unfold.
Design Thinking to Inspire Creative Learning for ANY Classroom
Friday, Oct. 18
Leading with empathy and hooking in creative problem solving is at the heart of this session about designing solutions to real problems.  Design thinking can fit a variety of curricular experiences and gives kids a chance to tinker, explore, and dream up new ideas. We’ll go through a quick version of the design thinking process to try it out and also discuss some ways to make design a feature in your curriculum.
Bots & Books: Robotics in Literacy
Friday, Oct. 18
Inspire new learning with robotics in the existing curriculum. Beebots and books, Dash and a story?  Explore how robotics can be incorporated into the literacy curriculum of our primary and elementary learners to MAKE learning exciting while working on literacy skills and building up creative thinking.  No coding experience is required, but participants may experience fun along the way.