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Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide. You see it everywhere in K-12.

Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide

Kindergarteners design toys for their friends to practice empathy, while learning to use a saw and glue-gun along the way. Second graders deepen their understanding of character traits while designing and sewing puppets to represent a character in a folk-tale. In high school physics, students make wind turbines in order to internalize an understanding of how magnetism can create electricity. The “it” I’m referring to is “Making,” and simply put, Making is any activity where people create something, often with their hands. I often define Making by looking at what people bring to the Maker Faire, which does include more technical aspects like 3D printing, physical computing and programming. How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life. Useful Apps and Resources to Help Students Learn Coding.

April 29, 2017 Coding is an essential skill for 21st century students. 'When kids learn to code' , Mitch Resnick states, ' it enables them to learn many other things, opens up many new opportunities for learning.

Useful Apps and Resources to Help Students Learn Coding

It's useful to make an analogy to reading and writing, when you learn to read and write it opens up opportunities for you to learn so many other things, when you learn to read you can then read to learn, which is the same thing with coding, if you learn to code you can code to learn.' We have already featured a number of interesting coding resources to use with your students in class, check out this section to learn more. In today's post, we are sharing with you another equally important coding resource . These are apps featured in iTunes App Store under the category 'Code for Everyone'.

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace. You've read about the maker movement.

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

You've seen the posts with 3D printers, laser cutters, and three-axis mills in shiny new labs. And you want your students to start making, too. But you've got one big problem: you don't have a full lab -- or even a 3D printer -- because, like many educators, you don't have the biggest budget. Maybe you have no budget at all. But what if you could get started making tomorrow and didn't need all the fancy tools to join this movement? Makerspace. Here, a Makerspace is a hybrid of a traditional lab's (e.g Wood/Metalshop, Science Lab, Computer Lab) function combined with new elements of making materials and technology tools as an interdisciplinary project-based learning space for a school.

Makerspace

K-12 Makerspaces transcend a fixed definition as many of these spaces incorporate different elements of a workshop, lab and studio environments based on age-appropriateness. By design, makerspaces are unique unto themselves and often reflect the maker skills of the people who created and directly participate in the space. What all makerspaces do share in common is the facilitation of project-based learning. 10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School – The Tech Edvocate. Schools say bye to shop class, hello to maker space. Delaware schools embrace building, testing...

Schools say bye to shop class, hello to maker space

Schools now are thinking a lot about maker spaces, and the term can mean many things. Specialized classrooms are used for ideas and building tools needed for jobs in rooms that resemble woodworking shops and a computer repair rooms. Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal Think about dreaming, like building stilts. Think about designing, like collaborating in a flexible space from funky-colored chairs on wheels.

Think about testing, like crafting conductivity testers needed for your classmates. Assessment in Making. After watching a room of students working and learning via a maker project, one can't help but be awed by the level of engagement.

Assessment in Making

There's a low hum as students buzz around, helping one another troubleshoot problems and figure out next steps. They suggest improvements and model skills for one another. Groups are working on distinctly different projects; some are engaged with wood and electronics, while others are programming, sewing, and drawing. Yet despite the wide variety, they're all so focused that a classroom visitor attracts nary a glance. The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project. August 17, 2016 When we launched the Agency by Design website early last year, we also released a white paper previewing the findings from our investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning.

The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project

At the time, we had developed the two key concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design, and we had also conceived of the three maker capacities that lie at the heart of our framework for maker-centered learning: looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. But we had not yet finished analyzing the data we had collected in a way that allowed us to answer our primary research questions. A year and a half later, we are happy to report that we have completed that work.

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning. Makerspaces are unique and attractive in today's schools.

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

They offer a complete learning environment that allows limitless opportunities. However, we need to hear more discussion about how these spaces can be used by all learning groups. Pinterest. A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Car Maker Local Motors Built It In Two Weeks : All Tech Considered. Edgar Sarmiento won the Local Motors challenge to design an urban public transportation system.

A 24-Year-Old Designed A Self-Driving Minibus; Car Maker Local Motors Built It In Two Weeks : All Tech Considered

His self-driving electric minibus design eventually became this vehicle called Olli. Alina Selyukh/NPR hide caption toggle caption Alina Selyukh/NPR Edgar Sarmiento won the Local Motors challenge to design an urban public transportation system. Behind the Scenes of a Makerspace. Learning Spaces Behind the Scenes of a Makerspace The Rutgers University Makerspace has become a hub of creativity on campus.

Behind the Scenes of a Makerspace

Here’s how it manages operations, equipment, projects and more. Four years ago, Rutgers University in New Jersey opened the Rutgers Makerspace — a place where students, faculty, staff and other members of the community can learn to use equipment such as 3D scanners and printers, laser cutters, cutting and milling machines, electronics, and power and hand tools, for both university-related and personal projects. Move, Shake, and Make: 3 Baby Steps to Bring Making to Your Classroom. You know you have “arrived” when the White House honors a week just for you.

This June 17-23 President Obama and his staff will host the National Week of Makers. With the support of the President, it’s safe to say that making is not just a trend, rather it is a movement rapidly spreading across the educational landscape. Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy. Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. This post provides an overview of how maker education is being implemented based on the teaching practices as defined by the Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy (PAH) continuum. Created by Jon Andrews. Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps. Create, Collaborate, Innovate. What are great tools for a makerspace? What materials should I get? I get asked these questions a lot. I can’t answer that for you because I do not know the culture of your school. Makerspace for Education - Home.

MAKING THE GRADE: HOW SCHOOLS ARE CREATING AND USING MAKERSPACES. About two years ago, Summit Elementary in Oconomowoc (WI) brought in laptops and ramped up its science and math curriculum in an effort to reach the hands-on, active learners who had already begun to check out. A committee researched the maker movement, secured a grant from a local education foundation, and turned the outdated computer lab into a makerspace. Now, as part of their specials schedule, students spend an hour each week in the makerspace, learning about the design process and playing with the materials. Because it’s been such a big hit, the committee applied for another grant to create four maker carts that teachers can check out. BBC brings coding to UK schools with 1 million micro:bit and 3D printable accessories. Mar 24, 2016 | By Alec When talking about the backgrounds of makers in Fablabs and similar locations, you usually hear the same story: that they became absolutely obsessed with building at a very young age.

Whether it was Lego, K’NEX, or an uncle with a garage full of tools, we were all somehow infected at an impressionable age. While great for us, it’s actually unfortunate for the STEM field as a whole, as getting young kids interested in anything educational is always a challenge. British media giant BBC has therefore stepped in, and has just unveiled the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer packed with sensors that can be used for countless building projects. To promote STEM education, one of these micro:bits will be shipped to a million schoolchildren aged seven or older across the United Kingdom. Over the past year or so, a steady flow of rumors have been coming in about the BBC’s plans for a possible credit card-sized microcontroller. Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? Untitled. Untitled. World-edu-online: Education: The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner. Walk into a classroom in any part of the United States, even the world, and you most likely will scratch your head in disbelief asking yourself questions such as: Why do the classrooms look pretty much like the ones in which I, my parents, and my grandparents learned?

Many students (of all ages) own computers in the form of their cell phones that are more powerful than all of the computer power of NASA back in 1969, when it placed two astronauts on the moon. Top Web Resources to Motivate Kids for Maker Education. Untitled. Making is a Thinking Process! I continue learning with my students by applying designing thinking strategies and the thinking process of the 6 Cs . We keep on evolving with the process where the students become the specialists as they apply and reflect on their thinking progressions. As we unfold the process through designing and making, the students embrace the development of skills and perseverance along their daily explorations. What’s in a MakerSpace? Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop" The big day was upon us.

Hundreds of man-hours of preparation. Education Week. Published Online: November 3, 2015. 7 Arduino Kits For Young Programmers and Makers. Linking Literature to Makerspaces. Libraries seem to be the space where makerspaces are taking off. 6 Fun Ways Kids Can Join the Maker Movement. Who is Maker Ed? The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials. During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education.

How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven. MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context. School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? Untitled. 6 Fun Ways Kids Can Join the Maker Movement. School Libraries, Librarians and Education. Reflecting on Making. 5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries. Media-Making Toolkit : KQED Education. 6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever. ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space. 8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace. Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering. Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? Maker Faire Founder Dale Dougherty On The Past, Present, And Online Future Of The Maker Movement. What Exactly Is the Maker Movement? Maker faire ideas. Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs.

9 Goals of a Successful School Makerspace. Maker Monsters - Tell Friends and Build Creativity. 5 steps for creating a custom makerspace. Makers, Hackers & Educators: from them and for them! MakerBot Starter Labs. Lego Crosses The Digital Divide. From the Brainy minds of kids: NKY Makerspace. A Maker Space That Helps Kids Create During Long Hospital Stays. Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf. Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs. Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn.

The Maker Movement: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants to Own the Future. The Mindset of the Maker Educator. - A Tale of Two Libraries. MakerSpace: The Online Community for Makers. World Maker Faire, New York, Day 1. Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom. How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven. RTy322_Maker Movement.pdf. Inexpensive making in the classroom. Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers.

LittleBits Education: The Workshop Set. To make is to learn: A Q&A with Dale Dougherty. How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven. - Maker Space In Education Series: 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom. The Maker movement makes its mark. Maker trailer - A documentary on the Maker Movement. The Changes Driving The Maker Movement. - Maker Space In Education Series: 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom. The Role of Peer Assessment in a Maker Classroom. K12 educational transformation through technology.

K12 educational transformation through technology.

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