Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide

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This facilitator guide provides a basic framework to implement the five workshops of Family Creative Learning. It also includes our photo documentation and strategies to illustrate how we implemented these workshops across multiple sites in the Boston-area.

This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.

 

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In this guide, you will find information about:

Imagining
What will your Family Creative Learning look like? This section includes an overview of the five workshops and how they are organized.

Preparing
What do you need to get ready for your workshops? This section includes information on recruiting families, designing your space, and preparing materials.

Facilitating
How can you support your learners? This section details how you can build a team of facilitators, how you will work together, and how to document the workshops.

Workshopping
What happens each day? In each of the five workshop days, you will learn about preparing for, reflecting on, and facilitating each day.

Appendix
The appendix includes a glossary of frequently used terms, a full copy of the Design Journal and handouts, and useful forms and flyers.


Frequently asked questions

Who is this facilitator guide for?
This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.

How many workshops are there?
Family Creative Learning consists of 5 workshops, each about 2 hours long.

When do you typically conduct the workshops?
We suggest conducting the workshops once a week in the evenings (after parents are typically done with work) and we highly recommend starting every workshop with a dinner.

How many families typically participate?
The number of families that can attend depends on your resources, such as space, computing tools, materials, facilitators, and recruitment. In general, we try to have a computer for every two people and a facilitator for every 3 to 4 families. In our past workshops, we have had the number of participants range from 15 to 70 people.

What do families do in the workshops?
In the first two workshops, families explore Scratch and MaKey MaKey. In the next two, they collaborate on a family project that they share in a community showcase in the last workshop.