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Silhouette America MaKey MaKey | Buy Direct (Official Site) myCreate on the App Store on iTunes Case Study: Elementary School Library Makerspace Last week we were super impressed and inspired by the librarians we met at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference #alamw2015. To keep the good vibes flowing, this week we have a case study from teacher-librarian Collette J. who is using littleBits as a learning tool in her elementary makerspace. Read more about her experiences below: Download Case Study PDF Submit Your Own littleBits Case Study Submission By: Collette J. Title: Teacher-Librarian Organization: Elementary School in Eastern Pennsylvania Age Levels: 3rd to 5th Grade littleBits Products Used: Student Sets and extra modules Date: February 2015 Tell us about your teaching experience. Collette J. is a public school elementary teacher-librarian in Pennsylvania with 9 years teaching experience. How did you learn about littleBits and what made you decide to implement them into your program/class? I don’t remember exactly how I found out about littleBits, but when I found them, I was really excited. What worked well? 4-PS3-2.

Program helping young children learn to be makers | The University Record A list on a whiteboard tells the children what they can do this day. Among the options: LEGOs, K'Nex, LittleBits, stencils on clothing, poster or card creation, stop-motion animation and Snap Circuits. The message to students at Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor also includes a challenge: "You can make LEGOs into pianos or LEGOs that move." This is accomplished by connecting the LittleBits electronic modules to LEGO blocks, something new to the students. "Let's Make Something" is the final message scrawled on the board by Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor in the School of Information, as she and three graduate students prepare for the 27 third- and fourth-grade students about to descend on the art room for this after-school Michigan Makers program. "Michigan Makers is a program in its third year that looks to give our (School of Information) students the opportunity to practice mentorship in a less formal learning environment.

Makey Makey Invention Kit for Everyone Make + Key = Makey Makey Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering with a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is “yes,” then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you! I’ve been following Makey Makey by JoyLabz for a while and we finally got the chance to play with our very own set. That’s a great question — before we brought ours home I wasn’t entirely sure either! Makey Makey is an easy-to-use invention kit that’s essentially a printed circuit board that connects to a computer via a USB cable. Basically, Makey Makey takes over the functionality of the space bar and other computer keys, and the conductive objects become the computer’s new keys! One more thing: Do you see my daughter holding one end of the black wire in the photo (above)? That tidy little green kit you see there is filled with a few important supplies: Makey Makey board with 18 key-press connections and one ground connection7 alligator clips6 white wires1 USB cableBasic instructions

Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School | MakerBridge From Amazon: Get the nuts and bolts on imagining, planning, creating, and managing a cutting-edge Makerspace for your school community. Nationally recognized expert Laura Fleming provides all the answers. From inception through implementation, you’ll find invaluable guidance for creating a vibrant Makerspace on any budget. Practical strategies and anecdotal examples help you: Create an action plan for your own personalized MakerspaceAlign activities to standardsShowcase student creations Use this must-have guide to painlessly build a robust, unique learning environment that puts learning back in the hands of your students! Check out the book here!

EDUCATIONAL MAKERSPACES Editor’s Note: This article, reprinted from the June 2014 issue of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, is a thoughtful and insightful examination of the philosophy and pedagogical underpinnings of the maker movement. The authors’ analysis and argument are strong, and the benefits they tout are inspiring. The authors will follow up with two more articles on the maker movement which will be published in the next two issues of Teacher Librarian. To download a PDF version of this article, click here. Educational makerspaces (EM) and maker education (ME) have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach teaching and learning. In practical terms, educational makerspaces are the ideal environment for maker education. Makerspaces outside of the educational environment are adult playgrounds for thinking and whimsical construction. The maker education approach to learning is highly individual yet lives within certain boundaries. Invite curiosity. Inspire wonder.

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