In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
TEDxHarambee - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Music). Milwaukee's first TEDx event. May 9th 2013 in Harambee — a neighborhood with a rich and diverse history and a thriving arts and cultural center in Milwaukee.
Technology, Fine Art & Design in STEAM EDU
Any STEAM EDU program serious about preparing students for innovation will hold Technology, Fine Art & Design at its core. Innovation demands creativity, and knowledge and skill are the prerequisites. Sophisticated artistic literacy is an essential skill, enabling students to apply concepts fundamental to the disciplines of science, engineering and math in a variety of unique situations. Incorporating technology provides a relevant learning experience, allowing students to actualize key concepts and express original ideas. Technology, Fine Art & Design is found at the heart of any flourishing STEAM community.
Sherri Dodd is the Director of Educational Technology at Milwaukee Montessori School where she strives to continuously strengthen and deepen the integration of technology across the curriculum. She is a strong proponent for establishing relevancy and purpose as a means of engagement, taking an experiential approach to teaching. For the past two summers, Sherri has also taught game design as part of Marquette University's Upward Bound program.
Sherri often seeks to make connections beyond school, with her students being published in The Journal Sentinel, featured on "Making Milwaukee Great", speaking at the Wisconsin Diabetes Council in Madison, and participating in the National STEM Video Game Challenge -- where a first place win in 2011 resulted in a student visit to The White House. The recent recipient of a grant from the Entertainment Software Association, Sherri has catapulted students into virtual three-dimensional space with MinecraftEdu and forged a bond between digital and physical worlds with a MakerBot 3D printer. Her ultimate goal is to replicate "The World Peace Game" in MinecraftEdu, allowing students to play the renowned political simulation game with cohorts from around the world. As students and teachers alike work to build capacity, Sherri further expands their worldview by sharing her occasional tweets with the Curiosity on the planet Mars, whose earthbound drivers also navigate in virtual 3D space.
Sherri has a strong liberal arts background, graduating summa cum laude from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a double-major in Spanish Language and Latin American Studies, and a double- minor in French and Secondary Education. Although she would have preferred a career in international espionage, she was inexplicitly drawn to teaching as a vocation. Sherri returned to her impossibly deep roots in North Carolina, helping to establish a K-12 Spanish language program grounded in proficiency standards. After a decade of teaching in a rural public school, she took a break from education and entered the field of Human Resources in the engineering and technology sector, developing competencies in employment law, organizational development, and motivational compensation strategies. When her family moved to Milwaukee six years ago, she took the opportunity to return to teaching as her first love. The years working as a member of a global team in a high tech environment combined with her previous experience in education uniquely positioned Sherri to assume the lead role for advancing technology at Milwaukee Montessori School in 2010.
Sherri embodies the spirit of the modern independent learner by regularly completing classes, attending conferences, accessing online resources, and developing personal learning networks on Edmodo and Twitter (@sh3rr1mms) as she seeks the knowledge and skills required to prepare students for the unknown future. Having followed the evolution of STEAM for the past few years, she is actively exploring integration with the Maker Movement. With children both at home and at school, Sherri finds that her personal and professional interests frequently intertwine and inform each other. Among her numerous casual interests she counts genealogy, storytelling, slow cooking, doodle stitching, and window shopping. It should be noted that rarely does a book pass through Sherri's hands unread, or a cookie cross her path uneaten. The laundry however, can sometimes wait.