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Making Matters! How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education

Making Matters! How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education
By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of these inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers. Fortunately for teachers, the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. One might try to marginalize robotics or 3D fabrication as having nothing to do with “real” science and dismiss such activities as play or as just super-charged hobbies. Three big game-changers of the Maker Movement should be on every school’s radar: Celebrating Young Talent

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Education Teachers: to be notified of events, discounts, and freebies, please be sure to join our Maker Faire Education Community. See also makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/learning for more about the K-12 learning opportunities in 2014. As leaders in the Maker Movement, we are dedicated to celebrating and inspiring Makers. We are particularly interested in how this approach might reach students who don’t fit well into the existing system or who have already dropped out of it. for Teachers Instructables supports teachers and students by providing free Premium Memberships and awesome project ideas for your classroom. For Students A premium membership means access to all of our classes. Learn everything that Instructables has to offer with classes ranging from electronics to pasta making to leatherworking.

Teacher Maker Resources Please subscribe to my very occasional newsletter! Gary Stager Presentation Videos Popular Resources Design of the Picture Book by Angela Terrab The best book authors push boundaries, and in the realm of picture books, a lot of this exploration happens visually. By this measure, Carter Higgins’ blog, Design of the Picture Book, captures all that is great in some of the best new picture books. What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? If something is worth doing, it's worth skipping lunch for. That may not be the official motto of Tracy Rudzitis's students at The Computer School in New York City, but it might as well be. On any given day, 50 of the sixth through eighth graders gather during lunchtime in the school's "Maker Space" to design their own video games, build robots, mix squishy circuit dough on a hot plate, or sew a wearable computer.

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. I hope you enjoy this post as I highlight 10 sites to possible help you to get Making in the classroom… even if in the smallest way! I encourage you to send me information and resources you think help with this idea, as I am also Making time to learn. 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.

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Makers and DML - Separated At Birth? I have a question for you. What do you think is going on in the photos I'm including in this post? They were taken last month at World Maker Faire NYC. And it fascinates me (Full disclosure: I worked the booth in the photo so I know the answer). Okay, I’ll tell you what I see and how it captures the “separated at birth” story between the Maker Movement ("Makers") and the Digital Media and Learning ("DML") communities. But first, about the photos.

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