ESP Biography

JENNIFER LAVALLE, Instructional Tech Specialist in Cambridge

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am passionate about creating powerful learning experiences for kids - whether that's in school as formal learners or out-of-school as informal explorers. From a camp counselor, to a tech teacher, to a researcher, I have worn many hats in the fields of media education and educational technology. I am eager to push the boundaries of what we know about teaching in an effort to create engaging and meaningful learning opportunities for all learners.

Past Classes

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C12939: Wearable Code: Introduction to Microcontroller Programming in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Want to program a pin that spells out messages or a pendant that changes color? In this creative, hands-on workshop, you'll meet the BBC micro:bit and AdaFruit Circuit Playground Express, tiny, battery-powered computers called "microcontrollers" that are small enough to wear. Using MicroBlocks, an easy-to-learn blocks language similar to Scratch, you'll write code to make these devices display animations, respond to buttons and tilts, and more. Never programmed before? No worries, we'll help you get started. Sorry, you can't keep the microcontrollers, but we'll tell you where you can buy your own for just $20-$30.