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Heidi Olinger (PrettyBrainy)
Works at Pretty Brainy, Inc.
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lives in Fort Collins, CO, USA
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What does Authentic Assessment of students' thinking look like? In this brief video, students from Textiles + TechStyles™, a #STEAM workshop from Pretty Brainy, teach their parents to build circuits with eTextiles. 
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Moonset at Seltjörn
Kjartan: "I stopped by at the pond Seltjörn last night and really enjoyed the moonset. Beautiful weather and the still water creates awesome reflection."

Credit: Kjartan Guðmundur Júlíusson
Location: Keflavik, Iceland
Date: September 24, 2015

+Kjartan Guðmundur Júlíusson 

#Space #Astronomy #Science #Aurora #Borealis #Moonset
#NorthernLights #Stars #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Earth #Keflavik #Iceland #Ísland 
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Springtime in Colorado, April 2013. And April 2, 2015, looked much the same.
Hey guys. I am taking drawing requests. I can only draw chibis. :3
#ChangeThePattern Kate Lindeen and Terri Fry Kasuba are collaborating to support Pretty Brainy in Changing The Pattern of too few females entering STEAM studies and careers. is the first news organization to report the story.

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In my next life I'm coming back as Randi Fishenfeld. It was an honor to share the TEDx stage.
Inside a Pretty Brainy #STEAM workshop. Maria, 7th grade, teaches assistant principal Bill Saint how to sew a circuit with eTextiles. The activity was about giving adults first-hand experience in what the students had learned. Also about using #authentic assessment, letting students show what they know by leading the teaching.
Helping students deconstruct the myth of perfection is one of the reasons I love to engage them in prototyping.
One student's inspiring story.
To help these kids make the kinds of gains they need to master the Common Core, students must learn to receive feedback and also how to use it to improve.
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Kathy Sampson and Sue Martino are a gift to their students and a model for helping students learn what is valuable and beautiful about math. Kudos, Preston and Smart Technologies.
The opening of the Math Camp for Young Women, Las Chicas de Mathematicas, at the University of Northern Colorado. The activity? The STEM OF FASHION DESIGN from Pretty Brainy.
Bravo to closing a class period by prompting students to reflect and setting the stage for what is to come next.
6 end-of-class prompts to use for student reflection.

#assessment    #studentengagement   #criticalthinking  
Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.
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Education Keynote Speaker + Trainer | CEO + Social Entrepreneur | Writer
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  • Pretty Brainy, Inc.
    Founder + CEO, 2008 - present
    Pretty Brainy, Inc., Named an Educational Leader for STEM Education by InnovatioNews | Nonprofit Leader + Social Entrepreneur | Author, Fashionably Mashed: THE STEM OF FASHION DESIGN™ | Education Keynote Speaker + Trainer | Curriculum Designer, STEAM Learning That Values How Girls Experience the World
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Fort Collins, CO, USA
Heidelberg, Germany - Madison, Wisconsin
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I Write, Speak + Design STEAM Learning to Inspire Girls to Pursue Their Greatest Aspirations.
Founder + CEO, Pretty Brainy, creator of STEM learning that values how girls experience the world. I am the author of Fashionably Mashed: THE STEM OF FASHION DESIGN™, a hands-on experience for tweens and teens in custom-designing T-shirts using the math and science at the heart of great design. I have a journalism BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

I am at work on my next book, Textiles + TechStyles, and building Pretty Brainy into an awesome social enterprise + nonprofit organization. Please view my TED Talk on How to Help Girls Succeed in STEM.
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Began my career traveling the world by military cargo plane. Dubbed "part sociologist, part philosopher, part feminist, part entrepreneur." Joined in the office every day by Layla, the rock-n-roll cat.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Journalism, 1981 - 1984
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    Literature & Feminist Theory, 1989 - 1991
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