Selected Professional Development Sessions

2018 October, 19, Bridgeport, CT. Invention Literacy for Creativity. Creativity Con by Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

2018 October, 9, Phoenix, AZ. Real-Time Location Tracking in Innovative Learning Spaces. Transitions18, Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Conference. 

2017 October, 20, Bridgeport, CT. Using Design Thinking to Foster Creativity. Creativity Con by Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

2017 April, 30, San Antonio, Texas. Strategic Knowledge, Cognitive Apprenticeship and Computer Science Teacher Education. Presentation at 2017 American Education Research Association Conference. 

2016 June, 18, New York, NY. Robots Come to the Learning Theater. Presentation at EdLab Seminar, Columbia University.

​2015 September 26-27, Stanford, CA. Design Thinking for the Internet of Things. Workshop at Stanford University FabLearn 2015, Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education.

2015 July 27 - August 1, Beijing, China. Maker Movement, Design Thinking, and Everyday Invention. Workshop at STEM 2015 International Summer School at Beijing Normal University.

2015 April 30, New York, NY. The Internet of Things (IoT) for an Intelligent Learning Theater. Presentation at EdLab Seminar, Columbia University.

2013 November, St. Louis, MO. Gaming for Change: Learning about Global Issues through Serious Games. National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference.

Children/Youth Workshops 

2016 - 2018 April, Norwalk, CT. Invent & Innovate. Workshops at Amazing Girl Science Conference.

2016-2018 March, Westport, CT. Creative Robotics. Workshops at Minds in Motion, Connecticut Association for the Gifted.

​2015 October, 24,  Cromwell, CT. Toys Reinvented: Design Thinking and Everyday Invention. Workshop at New England Conference for Gifted Education and Talent Development.


Dr. Ching-Fu Lan’s professional development expertise includes: design thinking for education, game-based learning, technology integration in education, creative robotics, interactive learning space and video-based curriculum. Contact Dr. Lan to discuss your needs and workshop proposals.


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