English Teacher Training Workshop at the American Space Madrid

The American Space Madrid hosted 25 bilingual primary school teachers from the Madrid Community during the first week of July as part of a teacher-training workshop entitled “Digital Literacies: Incorporating the Maker Movement into the English Language Learning Classroom. “ The course immersed participants in collaborative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) learning and digital literacy experiences. Lorella Lamonaca, an experienced American educator who is currently a teacher in the Scarsdale, NY public school system, shared with the Spanish teachers her experience with “Makerspaces.” These spaces are becoming a part of the national education landscape in the United States. Ms. Lamonaca even designed and equipped a “Makerspace” in the International Institute where the American Space is located to share with the Spanish teachers how new technologies can have a profound impact on the way students communicate and learn today, facilitating interaction and allowing students to collaborate more effectively.