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Our Makerspace Journey. The Stewart Middle Magnet School Library Makerspace Journey.

Our Makerspace Journey

Makerspaces as classrooms: schools and hardware shops partner. Klint Kanopka still remembers the time when technology’s purpose in school could be boiled down to defeating your classmates on the Oregon Trail.

Makerspaces as classrooms: schools and hardware shops partner

“And even shop class used to carry a negative stigma, and it was never really taken seriously,” Kanopka said. Today, the flourishing of makerspaces in Philadelphia is meeting a local tech community commitment to growing STEM learning in schools to bring about new goals . Earlier this year, the makerspace at the Academy at Palumbo was just a storage room. Kanopka, a physics teacher at the school, recognized an opportunity to turn it into a space for innovation and hands-on learning.

Educational Makerspaces. Part 3 of Making an Educational Makerspace Laura Fleming, R.

Educational Makerspaces

Steven Kurti, and Debby L. Kurt To download a PDF version of this article, click here. A culture of innovation in an educational makerspace arises from student ownership rather than from the presence of high-tech tools. Even though the map to educational makerspace success remains vague, pioneers in the field are pushing forward and reporting their findings. How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace. There is a certain magic found in rolling up your sleeves and tackling a project head on, an undeniable sense of empowerment that results from solving problems and manifesting big ideas.

How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace

In essence, that’s the soul of the maker movement — creative individuals from all walks of life united by an insatiable desire to improve the world around them. Although synonymous with 3D Printing, it extends far beyond a single technology or buzzword. Inexpensive making in the classroom. It seems like everywhere you go, someone is talking about the maker movement, making or people who are makers.

Inexpensive making in the classroom

You may also be hearing about making in the classroom and, as a teacher, wondering how you might bring making to your school. The makers are taking over ISTE 2014 with sessions, hands-on playgrounds, interactive workshops and more. How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms. The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship.

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been happening since our ancestors refined the wheel. Don’t treat making as a sidebar to an already overtaxed curriculum. As you investigate the principles behind teaching STEAM via making, you'll see sound research from many educators throughout history, including Jean Piaget who, in 1973, wrote: The Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom. Project-Based Learning | Feature The Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom.

The Maker Movement Conquers the Classroom

Makerspaces in Schools. Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas. (Updated post from my Podbean Site) Summer 2014 I was asked to present a webinar to Ohio School Librarians for InfOhio.

Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas

The recording is available here. How Librarians are Rockin’ the Makerspace Movement. Shhh!

How Librarians are Rockin’ the Makerspace Movement

You’re in the library! What Do You Do With a 3D Printer? This is the first in a series of posts about some technology I’ve introduced or will be introducing to my library.

What Do You Do With a 3D Printer?

In my mind, the library is a place where the public can learn about new and emerging technologies without needing to invest in them. My top 10 tech trends (expanded with infographic) DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers. How You Can Make a Makerspace Work for Your School.

​Makerspaces — school-based, concept-to-reality, hands-on learning spaces — use a comprehensive approach. They have become popular among today’s educators because of the high demand for future professionals who are not only technically skilled but also experienced in working collaboratively with their peers. Classroom Resources. WNET is a proud partner of the Maker Party, an initiative hosted by Mozilla, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Writing Project in which people around the world meet up, learn to make things, and share what they've made online. This collection is designed to support the Maker Party by providing a one-stop shop of STEM and digital making resources that focus on the problem, technology, or process behind object creation. The 4 Flavors of Makerspaces. Did you know that there are many different types of makerspaces, each with their own set of unique characteristics?

This was news to me until recently so I thought I’d pass along my research on what I found were the important distinctions as well as important links. FabLabs Amsterdam Fab Lab at The Waag Society. Resources for Maker Education. How to Run an AWESOME After-school Makers Club. How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces. If you could ask Ben Franklin what public institution he would like to visit in America today, I bet he would say the public library. And if you asked him which part of the library, I bet he would say the makerspace. Ben Franklin is well known as a founder of the early subscription library, the Philadelphia Library Company, almost 300 years ago. It may be less well known that Franklin used the library’s space for some of his early experiments with electricity. Today, perhaps taking a cue from Franklin, libraries across America are creating space for their patrons to experiment with all kinds of new technologies and tools to create and invent.

As I wrote in a short piece in the March issue of The Atlantic, called The Library Card: Miguel Figueroa, who directs the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association, says makerspaces are part of libraries’ expanded mission to be places where people can not only consume knowledge, but create new knowledge. Makerspace Starter Kit. The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School. Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques.

Mobile Maker Spaces. MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context. What’s in a MakerSpace? Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps. As maker education gains steam, many educators are looking for ways to incorporate making and tinkering into their schools and classrooms — often on a shoestring budget. “Kids are saying they want to learn more about technology and science, but they also want to experience it creatively and use it personally,” said Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Media, which produces Maker Faire and Make Magazine. He’ll address how educators can deliver these types of experimental learning experiences during ISTE 2014’s EdTekTalks, a provocative series of mini-keynotes from thought leaders beyond the world of ed tech. “One of the ways we can do that is create more makerspaces for kids.

Resources for Creating a Makerspace. Resources for Creating a Makerspace. 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? Edutopia. While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. LittleBits Tips & Tricks: The Sound Trigger Bit. June 26, 2013 AT 9:10 am This is the first in an on-going series of posts about littleBits. We encourage you to use the Tips & Tricks to enhance your Bit projects. littlebits is available in the Adafruit store – Starter Kit, Extended Kit and Teaser kit. 5 Best 3D Printers - Dec. 2015 - BestReviews.

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch. Maker Space In Education Series… 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom. Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education. Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started. Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning. MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context.

Classroom Makerspace: Resources - Digital Harbor Foundation. Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started. Resources for Creating a Makerspace. What’s in a MakerSpace? Maker Ed's Resource Library.