The Writer’s Union of Canada, SCBWI, & CANSCAIP; National Science Teaching Association/Children’s Book Council Best STEM Books K-12, Red Cedar Book Awards (Shortlisted), SCBWI Golden Kite Award (Finalist-NF Text for Older Readers), Children’s Book Council (Hot off the Press), Best Books (Canadian Children’s Book Centre), Best S&L Books (Tinlids), Top Grade CanLit for the Classroom, & TEACH Magazine.
Presentations (in-person): $250 for one session (30-60 minutes), $450 for two, $675 for three, and $900 for a full day (four sessions). Plus a travel fee of $0.50/km if outside Toronto.
Elaine Kachala is a health-policy researcher, writer, adviser, and children’s author. She is the author of Superpower? The Wearable-Tech Revolution (Orca Book Publishers). Part of the popular Orca Think nonfiction series, this book is a fascinating look into how the same technologies that help and heal us also pose ethical concerns. Elaine delivers an exciting presentation and brings a unique perspective to the topic of wearable technology that kids and educators find intriguing!
Two thumbs up! Kids, parents, teachers, and librarians say that Elaine’s book and presentations inspire young people to wonder about inventing technology for a better world.
Superpower? The Wearable-Tech Revolution, Orca Book Publishers, 2022, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich. Themes: Technology & Society / Wearable Computing / Inventions / Young Inventors / Robotics/ Responsible Design / STEM / STEAM / Human-Machine Evolution / Critical-thinking / Teamwork / Diversity & Inclusion.
A free teaching guide is available.
Do you wonder how wearable technology (the next wave of computing), changes us and society?
Can innovation go too far?
How do we design responsible technology to gain benefits and mitigate harm?
Are you interested in stories about inventors, including young inventors, and how they’re navigating the next tech frontier?
Curious about what it’s like to be a children’s author?
Elaine will cover these topics and more through an engaging, interactive, and tailored presentation.
Following a brief introduction about myself, I’ll draw from pre-reading questions in the Teacher’s Guide to activate students’ background knowledge and excite them about the subject of wearable technologies.
I’ll highlight what wearable technology is and how it works, with examples of how wearables impact our lives and change the world.
I’ll introduce students to some of the experts in the book. They’ll meet inventors, engineers, scientists, and young people who see a problem and create technology to solve it. But the experts face a dilemma when their devices have unintended consequences; we’ll discuss this dilemma.
I’ll briefly speak about what it’s like to be a nonfiction children’s author and to write this book.
I’ll use slides for visuals, and there will be a Q/A opportunity.
I’ll have bookmarks and a Get Brainstorming Activity (from the book) for handouts.
Elaine’s happy to lead small or large groups. She’ll present to classes individually or grouped but asks that they’re grouped appropriately by grade level (i.e., 4-6; 7-8)
Are you seeking a helpful STEM/STEAM and social studies resource for the revised science and technology curriculum? Superpower? and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide helps readers connect STEM/STEAM topics from school with the effects of science and tech on their lives and the world.
Presentation: CAUTION! Move Slow + Think Human: Helping Students Consider the Pros, Cons, and Ethics of Technology Design and Use.
Wearable computing is the next tech frontier that will change our lives. It’s a topic steeped in a fantastic mix of benefits, risks, and ethical problems. Drawing from Superpower? Elaine will explain how scientists, engineers, designers, and young inventors navigate with responsible design—an approach to complement the engineering and design process and human-centered design thinking. By highlighting controversial technologies and examples from the accompanying Guide, this session will show how to prompt students’ critical thinking about the pros, cons, and ethics of technology and why inventors are calling for a societal debate—let’s talk!
I use PowerPoint, so I need a projector, screen, and extension cord. Water would be great too! And lunch and coffee if I’m staying for the day. A microphone for larger groups, in the gym, or if the room acoustics are questionable.
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