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K12 educational transformation through technology

K12 educational transformation through technology
Welcome to a series that examines the process of research. These first two posts include information and resources on that important pre-search process. In this series you are sure to find something that will fit any classroom First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Linking Literature to Makerspaces Libraries seem to be the space where makerspaces are taking off. The library is a place of engagement, learning, discovery, belonging, community, creativity and innovation. A makerspace is a place of engagement, learning, discovery, belonging, community, creativity and innovation.

Lawrence Hall of Science - 24/7 Science How fast does the wind blow? What makes things sticky? Where do insects live and plants grow? What is the best way to clean up the environment? How do humans measure up in the animal kingdom? So many questions—and so many ways to find answers! PatternsVariablesandFunctionsAnintegratedscienceandmathematicsunitfordiversefifthandsixthgradelearners InquiryOne: The "infinite" across the disciplines In the first inquiry, students will explore the concept of "the infinite" as a way to grasp the idea that some events, such as a ball of tinfoil being launched from a catapult made of Popsicle sticks, would go on forever unless something gets in its way (e.g., gravity). Students' background knowledge is first activated through opportunities to brainstorm what they already know about the infinite.

Education Week Published Online: November 3, 2015 Published in Print: November 4, 2015, as Moving Beyond the Hype of the 3-D Printer Commentary By Jennifer Oxman Ryan Makers—in the broadest sense, those who make things—and the maker movement have gone mainstream. Featured in articles from the Smithsonian to The Atlantic to The New York Times, today's makers are just as likely to be armed with traditional tools like hammers, anvils, and yarn, as they are with conductive paint, 3-D printers, and computers. Inquiry-based Learning With and Without Facilitator Interactions Abstract This paper discusses findings of a study investigating how students, on four online courses, engaged in inquiry-based learning with and without support from a facilitator. The investigation was conducted by analysing discussions of the online courses using the community of inquiry model. The results of the study imply that students in online discussions can engage in deep and meaningful learning, even when there is no facilitator interaction. Further the findings of the analysis suggest that successful inquiries are possible without teacher or facilitator interactions, if learning environments are designed to support students to be interactive and the students have motivation, regulatory skills and a willingness to collaborate with peers. Keywords

Google for Educators - Resources for using Google in school I am a huge proponent and user of Google tools, both for myself and in my classroom. Here are some great resources for educators who want to learn more about using Google's many tools in their classroom. Last week, Kathy Schrock posted a great interactive image of Google tools listed by Bloom's taxonomy levels. It is a great way to search for Google tools as you work to create activities for your students. Google for Educators Mind Map is an interesting site that has resources for educators for using Google tools in the classroom.

Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop" The big day was upon us. Hundreds of man-hours of preparation. Thousands of dollars invested in equipment and supplies. An untested, unproven design incorporating materials not usually found in schools.

An open education resource supports a diversity of inquiry-based learning Catherine Anne Schmidt-Jones University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, USA Abstract There have been numerous calls for research that demonstrates how open education resources (OERs) are actually being used.

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test. What’s in a MakerSpace? By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager A well-equipped modern MakerSpace features flexible, computer-controlled manufacturing equipment for creating, cutting, and forming plastics, metal, plaster, and other common materials, including: 3D printers that are capable of producing three-dimensional objects.

Introduction 1. Students learn isolated skills and knowledge, starting with the simple building blocks of a particular topic and then building to more complex ideas. While this appeals to common sense (think of the efficiency of a automobile assembly line), the problem with this approach is the removal of any context to the learning, making deep understanding of the content less likely.

Edmodo - free social learning platform expands and improves Edmodo is a free social learning network for teachers, students and schools, providing a way to connect and collaborate, share content, access homework and grades, communicate, organize lessons, and much more. It provides teachers a private, safe way to connect with their students and parents, organize and share lessons, share resources with students, manage projects, remind students of important dates, and even distribute quizzes. The fact that it is a private system is what makes it appealing to teachers and school systems. It's also free. 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. Students are experiencing multiple steps during their learning from digital tools to collaboration with each other and the community while exploring design elements and habits of learning.