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Makerspaces: Lesson Plans and Activities. Maker Space Ideas. A Content-Rich Maker Project. My job as a makerspace teacher is to create learning experiences that apply what my awesome third-grade students are learning in other classes and help them develop collaboration skills and unleash their creativity.

A Content-Rich Maker Project

I recently had them create cardboard armor, a learning experience designed to meet the students’ needs to work more thoughtfully and to learn to listen to the ideas of others. There are plenty of examples of cardboard armor on YouTube. Why Makerspaces Are Perfect for School and Public Libraries – The Edvocate. How to Create a Makerspace in any Space – The Edvocate. Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education. Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation – The Tech Edvocate. What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting. Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Session Info In our interactive session for “Makerspace in the Library: What it means for your Classroom,” we really let our participants drive the learning. We started out with an introduction for each expert presenter (here is our slidedeck with presenter info and resources we referred to during the session.) Then the rest of the learning was hashed out through lively table discussions. Other Workshop Leaders: Buffy Hamilton, Title I Writing teacher, former librarian; Atlanta, GAZach Duensing, Nashville Public LibraryValerie Jopeck, Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VAK-Fai Steele, Program Associate, National Writing Project.

Makerspaces create incentives for English learners. Dive Brief: The maker movement has created a new strategy to engage students in STEM projects, and educators are finding it can also contribute to strategies for improving language proficiency among English learners.EdSource reports some schools are encouraging English learners to speak in full sentences with their peers as they problem-solve and asking them to journal about their experiences to expand the literacy lesson.Makerspaces are broadly seen as a way to engage students who are otherwise disconnected from traditional classroom lessons, and English learners prove no different – students who feel like language barriers keep them from being successful in other classes can find their strengths via the hands-on opportunities making provides.

Makerspaces create incentives for English learners

Dive Insight: Many of the more promising educational strategies of recent years lie in fitting important learning opportunities into experiences students can find interesting and engaging. On The Lesson Plan: Make Stuff. Fail. Learn While You're At It : NPR Ed. A young maker controls a robot on the sidewalk at the 2014 World Maker Faire in Queens, NY.

On The Lesson Plan: Make Stuff. Fail. Learn While You're At It : NPR Ed

LA Johnson/NPR hide caption toggle caption LA Johnson/NPR A young maker controls a robot on the sidewalk at the 2014 World Maker Faire in Queens, NY. Collectively Flourishing. Makerspaces make sense for educating the workforce of tomorrow.

Collectively Flourishing

GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Swearer According to the most recent U.S. Department of Labor report, 65 percent of careers that students will be taking on in the future don’t exist today. Jobs in STEM in the U.S. are projected to grow three times faster than non-STEM jobs over the next decade (U.S. Department of Commerce). Makerspaces are a core ingredient in the recipe for progressive learning and furthering the maker movement. The maker movement is not just about creative people developing interesting designs or crafting DIY projects. Through my company’s close dialogue with universities across the nation, we’ve seen first-hand that educators are concerned that they’re not staying relevant to students due to a lack of collaboration across majors.

It is important to note that developing these spaces is only half the battle. Randy Swearer, Ph.D., is Vice President, Autodesk Education Experiences. Like this: Like Loading... Related. Educator with a Maker Mindset. Web Pages and other Resources on Makerspaces. Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning.

I recently was asked by Demco to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace.

Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning

I was really excited about this opportunity, as it gave me the chance to address one of the questions I am most frequently asked: What should I buy for my makerspace? In that webinar, I unveiled my Worlds of Making 'MAKER' Framework. In my work with schools across the country, I have shied away from telling people WHAT they should buy in their makerspace, although many want to know from me what they should buy. Edsurge. Many schools, teachers, and administrators are embracing the concept of a maker space as they begin the 2015-16 school year. What is a maker space? It is a learning environment where children, teenagers, and teachers can create and tinker together using everyday materials. Here are six tips from Garden State educators who have recently set up maker spaces in their own schools. 1 Many hands make light work! “Select activities that involve as many children as possible,” says Tiffany Lucey, Supervisor of Instructional Technology in Toms River, NJ.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY 'Maker' Culture Moves Into Schools : NPR Ed. Take a look this summer inside some of America's garages, museums and libraries and you'll see that the "maker movement" is thriving.

3 Challenges As Hands-On, DIY 'Maker' Culture Moves Into Schools : NPR Ed

This hands-on, DIY culture of inventors, tinkerers and hackers is inspiring adults and children alike to design and build everything from sailboats and apps to solar cars. And this fall, more of these chaotic workspaces, stocked with glue guns, drills and hammers, will be popping up in schools, too. But the maker movement faces some big hurdles as it pushes into classrooms.

Here's the first big one: Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015. 2015 has proved to be a monumental year for the Maker Movement.

Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015

With increasingly more schools committed to creating a genuine and committed culture of innovation, we are seeing more opportunities than ever for learners to be able to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The continuing establishment of physical makerspaces in schools have continued to help provide a foundation that the students need to be able to thrive and flourish in that kind of culture. The most successful makerspaces include tools, materials and resources that inspire and allow for an environment rich with possibilities, allowing all students the opportunity for open-ended exploration. Edsurge. Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12.

Laura Fleming has quite a bit of knowledge about makerspaces.

Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12

She’s created them at the elementary, middle and high school levels. A former classroom teacher, Fleming became a library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey at the behest of her principal, Eric Sheninger, also a well-known education figure. Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes. While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us.

Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft. Fail Better! Spend some time as an educator on social networks like Twitter, and you will quickly come across memes, quotes, and countless links to evidence that failure is a necessary milestone in the learning process. For all the talk of how this sometimes-painful process is vital to growth, people rarely share examples of how to facilitate room for healthy failure in the classroom.

Bridging The Gap. Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. With the National Week of Making behind us, you might be ready to start a makerspace in your school -- but not know where to start. Will purchasing a costly 3D printer and the latest robotics kit ensure learning and maker success? What are some steps to starting a successful makerspace from scratch? Step 1: Immerse Yourself in Maker Education. "World's First" $9 Computer. 8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace. Hands-on Learning 8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace If you build it, will they come? That is the question many schools have about finding room on campus for a "makerspace. " The just-released 6th annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report K-12 Edition listed makerspaces as an emerging technology in the year-or-less adoption timeframe. "Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration," the report noted.

That sounds great, but what is the definition of a makerspace, and how do you launch one? Speaking at the annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia June 29, Jarowski detailed eight steps to work through in the creation of a successful child-centered academic makerspace. 1. It also should be interdisciplinary, so hopefully teachers from multiple academic disciplines will get involved.

You must make decisions about its scope. 2. 3. Maker Education Initiative. The Maker Education Initiative invites you to apply to become a Maker Corps Member. Maker Corps Members are maker-in-residences at Host Sites that are an inclusive spectrum of youth-serving organizations and programs. The Maker Certificate Program, based out of Sonoma State University, provides a professional development opportunity for educators looking to create and develop an environment of making in and outside of traditional classroom settings.