Coffee Break at the Lake: Better Together: Crowdsourcing for Connection and Curiosity

 In August, Past, Summer Camp, Webinar

Register for a one-hour session where we will explore some ideas educators have around building relationships with students, maintaining connection while apart, and cultivating curiosity. The session will begin with your camp counselors sharing ideas curated from educators across the country. We will then break out into smaller groups using Zoom breakout rooms so participants can network and share ideas for how each of us are preparing for this unique fall with students. We will end by engaging in a demonstration of MackinVIA (free platform) to see how it can be a powerful tool for connection and curiosity in our classrooms and libraries.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Jen McCarty Plucker, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning, Mackin Educational Resources

Jen received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with research focused on adolescent engagement/motivation and accelerated literacy growth. She has over 20 years of education experience as a teacher, administrator, consultant, and adjunct professor. She joined Mackin in 2017 to launch the Professional Learning division.

Lindsay Simmons, M.A.

Professional Learning Specialist, Mackin Educational Resources

Lindsay Simmons, M.A., Professional Learning Specialist, has several years of experience working as an upper elementary school teacher and has most recently served as the STEM Education Programming Manager for a science center in Pennsylvania. She has her master’s degree in Art History with a Museum Studies Certificate and has a passion for learning about most effective engagement strategies, in both design and learning. She enjoys utilizing STEM and Maker Education processes and tools to enhance her students’ learning.

Lindsay Simmons