Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement


I think that hands-on experimentation, design, invention and creating is one of the most stimulating things you can engage students in, and I lap up anything I can on the thriving maker movement. So let’s unpack three of the pedagogically relevant concepts that drive the Maker Movement.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary and primary students can learn to code. How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson. Date: Monday, December 4, 2017. Why code in the elementary grades? So, Sam, why do we even want to code in the elementary grades?

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there?

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. He was named one of ten 2017 Computer Science Association Awards for Teaching Excellence. You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

It really hit me in 2017 when I noticed Raymond Chambers , who dances in his classroom. Classroom management can be a challenge. In this post, I’ll share twenty-two of my top tips and ideas that have helped me have an awesome classroom.

What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?


Cicely Day works in Oakland, California at Burckhalter Elementary School as an instructional teacher leader, where she helps support teachers and students in ELA/math and in the computer lab. But despite the work of on-the-ground educators like Day and Taylor, the maker movement in K-12 schools is far from perfect. What does it really take, for example, to diversify the communities of maker educators and mentors out there? Everyone's a maker.

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

The CoolCatTeacher

Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: November 9, 2017. We saw some movement in the 80’s and 90’s around portfolio development, around performance assessment, and other sorts of indicators of authentic work. I think we’re starting to make some movements in this direction.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Friday, September 2, 2017. Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids.

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Thursday, October 5, 2017. Erin Murphy on episode 164 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Erin Murphy, the co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning , talks about leading project-based learning.

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

The CoolCatTeacher

Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Carol: Of course, STEAM is a big thing that teachers are wanting to do in Maker Space. Carol has been an elementary educator in the primary grades for 26 years.

5 Ways to Reach Even Resistant Writers with Writer’s Workshop

The CoolCatTeacher

Right now through August 31, 2017, they’re giving away 10 free 60-minute lesson plans for lit teachers – go to owleyes.org/teachers to sign up free and get your lesson plans now. Download the transcript: Thursday, August 17, 2017.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

The CoolCatTeacher

I first wrote about this app in December 2017 shortly after launch. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

And then also from an elementary standpoint, I had a teacher use it in lieu of … she used to have her students write personal narratives and then they would bind the book together as a classroom set and put it in the library.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

During the reflection phase, learners are given the option to express what they learned during and because of their STEM, STEAM, Maker Education experience in a way that makes the most sense to them given the nature of the task; and their preferred means of expression.

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Toy Take Apart and Hacking

User Generated Education

I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development.

Design Challenge

User Generated Education

This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. For a description of those activities, see https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/introducing-design-thinking-to-elementary-learners/.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

The CoolCatTeacher

She, I just found out, was MACUL 2017 Tech Using Teacher of the Year. Her roots are as an elementary classroom teacher where she utilized technology as an integrated part of the learning environment.

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. Monday, August 21, 2017. Episode 131 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

?How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces?


Fast-forward to a few years from now, and imagine a conference similar to the one I attended, with the same keynote speaker addressing an audience of passionate maker-educators. Laura Busch ( llbusch ) is a technology integrator at Blair Elementary in Waukesha, Wisc. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityTwo years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

A sponsored review of a tool I'm using to teach programming From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality is here. Finally! When Google Docs came out, I stopped everything and let all of my classes experience it.

As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps


Elementary and middle school students will be able to attend field trips and summer camp programs at the space to gain exposure to project-based learning experiences with high-tech tools. The incubator will be located in a historic Coca Cola bottling factory set in the center of our community within walking distance of elementary, middle and high schools. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

From this group, we’ve gathered insights on what the computer science movement looks like in these districts. Integrating with the Maker Movement. Districts are also finding a natural integration between computational thinking and maker learning. Elizabeth Forward, for example, implemented middle school-level robotics to engage students in maker learning and activate their imaginations before they begin advanced computer science coursework in high school.

Learning Studio Makers Connect to Learn and Play

Digital Promise

One of these connections was between Mundaring Primary School in Mundaring, WA, Australia, and Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach, CA, USA. They quizzed the students from Skyline Elementary School with multiple-choice questions such as, “What country attacked Britain in 1518?” (the This was followed by Skyline Elementary School’s demonstration of “ Connect the Clues ,” a game they created to help players learn ways to be eco-friendly.

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology


Pearsall notes that this school year teachers are expanding their definitions of technology projects to include more maker centers and coding curriculum. As the maker movement catches on, we're seeing more requests for things like MakerBots, 3Doodler pens, and robotics kits.” Ellen Goodman The LilySarahGrace Foundation started in 2012, has given over $1 million to support the arts and inquiry-based learning in underfunded elementary schools.

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects


Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects. At Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, maker program coordinator Nora Peters saw an opportunity to better connect the activities of the maker space with the library’s mission to promote literacy.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” When Jopeck worked as an elementary school librarian in Annandale, Va., With open-ended maker projects, trial and error is the name of the game. That’s “iterating” in maker-ese.

Get Qurious: Interactive and Digital Play Kit

iLearn Technology

The Get Qurious Maker Box is packed full of interactive play opportunities. How to integrate Get Qurious Maker Box into the classroom: The Get Qurious set brings the story of the Three Little Pigs alive in new and fun ways.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities. It's primarily focused on educators working with elementary age students.

From Tinkering to Technology—Advice from a Middle School Maker


Hannah’s experience reflects the innovative ways educators across the country are drawing students into the Maker movement. With her first big making project almost complete, Hannah shared with EdSurge her favorite troubleshooting technique, advice for other student makers, and why it’s important to “prove what you know.”. EdSurge: How did you become a maker? Get Inspired by Videos About Student Makers. What advice do you have for other student makers?

How Maker Mindsets Can Be An Easy Fit For Rural Schools


The maker movement has expanded greatly in recent years and much of the attention has focused on cities with high population density and large well-funded school districts. OLD-SCHOOL MAKER. Rural districts might already be offering a maker program and not realize it.

Striving to be a Strong Digital Leader

Fractus Learning

As a principal of an elementary school, it could be a lonely job. Maker Movement. The maker movement is a new venture for me, yet as a digital leader, I feel it is my obligation to help lead the charge instructionally, preparing our students for the world we can’t see quite yet.