The Maker Movement In Education

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His knowledge of and interest in both the EdTech world and the importance of a STEM education highlight the importance of inquiry-based education, DIY cultures and technology for enhanced learning as crucial 21st century activities. Common Core: A Lesson Plan for STEM (on Bridges).

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Tyler – a 7th Grade App Builder Spurred on By Genius Hour

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I’ve given you ideas in a blog post I’ve written called 7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects – go to to access this post. Edtech Tool Tuesday Innovation Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Science Teachers STEM Students

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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And if you click , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers.

The ‘Maker’ Movement: Understanding What the Research Says

Marketplace K-12

Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Maker” education. The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations. There is growing interest in whether Maker education can help boost student learning outcomes, including test scores. The Maker Movement in Education (Erica R.

What Libraries Offer the Maker Movement

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The Millvale site is part of a growing group of libraries that have opened up space, permanently or occasionally, for maker projects. In some cases, makerspaces introduce digital technology into libraries, giving young patrons access to new tools for expression and communication.

Learning in the Making: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator

User Generated Education

Below is an except – Chapter 5: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator. The process of bringing maker education into formal and informal educational settings involves different approaches and strategies than in a more traditional educational setting. Maker Project Process.

5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Understanding into Your School

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Julie: Well, our first idea is called the Lexicon of Sustainability , and this is actually a PBS web series that you can access through the internet. Julie Willcott on episode 285 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

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Next week, my tenth graders will have to invent a new way to access the Internet. The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels. Classrooms need well-stocked maker spaces and creativity stations.

Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

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I think the course has to be tailored to your school’s needs and to what your school has access to as far as technology goes. Mandi Figlioli on episode 163 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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

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The author of Make Writing , Angela is passionate about creating writing workshop experiences that are relevant to today’s learners and accessible to even the most resistant writers.

Google Jamboard

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It comes with a free app that students can access. They could access it on a their phones. Tom Mullaney on episode 257 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Google Jamboard is a fun interactive app.

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Maker Education Camp: Circuit Crafts

User Generated Education

This is my third summer offering maker education summer camps as part of a bigger program at a local school. Given all of the media coverage, an educator new to Maker Education may get the perception that it is all about this kind of high tech stuff.

20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer

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20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way put together a list of super simple (and fun) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break. Maker Movement stem

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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces.

Making STEM Equitable With Beautiful Ideas, Affordable Projects and Serious Play


Take an online maker class - free to teachers and students. So Haynor went looking for a way to create a fun, stylish, and inexpensive tool that might give every student access to the strobe effect. Education Technology Maker Movement Community STEM EducationFun is science educator Sam Haynor’s superpower. There are schools out there—you know who you are—with reputations as places “where fun goes to die.”

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

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So it’s not only teaching kids to HAVE food, it’s teaching them what to do with it, giving parents access to it, giving grandparents access to it, and flooding our community with a whole new set of options aligned to help, wellness, and 21 st Century college and career readiness.

Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem


Instructors consistently refer to their male students using maker terminology—‘geek,’ ‘builders,’—and then overwhelmingly referred to their female students as ‘girls’ Youngmoo Kim Kim and his fellow researchers analyzed cultural aspects of the makerspace, which included curriculum, attitudes toward competition and how instructors interact with their student makers. So thinking about access and equity is a responsibility.” Education Technology Maker Movement Community

How to Design Your Own MakerSpaces – From Courtney Pepe


Makers build, fix, and create. They use the MakerSpace to solve real life problems with access to tools and materials. On March 18th and 19th, we celebrated New Jersey Makers Day, and I had the opportunity to visit a number of different Maker events in various communities.

What Motivates Maker Educators?


Who are the people spearheading maker education? Maker Education Initiative. According to the report, many maker educators believe “making can help students develop real-world skills” such as creativity, problem-solving acumen, critical thinking and perseverance, along with “dispositions associated with positive work and life outcomes.” Maker activities may seem like fun and games, but they require ample support and preparation.

Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?


Aligned with the maker movement—which focuses on using hands-on activities like building, sewing, assembling and computer programming for learning—the kits provide a foundation that teachers can use for guided projects both in and out of the classroom. But are pre-packaged kits really in the spirit of the maker movement, or are they just leading students down a narrow path without allowing them to be truly creative, inventive and genius?

7 innovative 3D printers for the classroom

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Widaman said 3D printing the cars, which run 60-65 miles per hour, has been a “great addition” for the students in teaching them STEM lessons. Featured on eSchool News Resource STEM Top News 3D printers construction engineering maker movement

3 ways innovative schools advance maker learning for all

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In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call-to-action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers. school leaders have answered the call by signing the Maker Promise.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

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Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). STEM to STEAM ).

Part 2: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Technology

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Welcome to number two in a series of four posts bringing you over 150 amazing resources for STEM education. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts of STEM being a Verb a few posts back, along with the 40 resources geared toward STEM Science in the last pos t.

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A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

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Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). STEM to STEAM ).

300 Organizations Come Together to Launch Nation of Makers

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New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things. Education News Featured K-12 Education News Science STEM Technology

CA's Maker Initiative Spurs Innovation and Workforce Development Across 35 Community Colleges


California Community College Chancellor’s Office is making a statement with its recent three-year, $17 million dollar investment in a statewide network of 35 maker-focused colleges. The California Community College (CCC) Maker Initiative will support nearly one third of the state system’s colleges—and their entrepreneurial students, innovative faculty, and unique makerspaces. Four Makers and Their Innovations. CCC's Maker Initiative Model. Maker Media.

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. VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Integrating with the Maker Movement. Districts are also finding a natural integration between computational thinking and maker learning.

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?

8 maker tools to inspire next-gen innovation and design

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The “maker movement” can play an important role in getting kids interested in innovation and design, and littleBits —which makes easy-to-use electronic building blocks—is finding itself at the center of this movement. Looking to develop designers and entrepreneurs?

Six Ways to Build Girl-Inclusive Makerspaces

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For the past 17 years, Techbridge Girls has been working to break down barriers that often keep young women, particularly those of color from low-income communities, out of STEM careers and the maker movement. We work to craft a new narrative that centers this population and gives them space not just to engage with STEM and making, but to believe that they can transform the maker movement to reflect their experiences and interests. Redefine the Maker.

The Connected Learning Summit 2018: Thoughts on Making

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David Cole brings together key insights and resources on maker education from the 2018 Connected Learning Summit. This text originally appeared in Make: Education, a monthly newsletter exploring the intersection of education and the maker movement. Notably, it’s a timeframe that matches the launch and growth of the maker movement. 2) Where does maker education need to go now? See the extensive resource library Stephanie Chang and Maker Ed have created.

What We Learn from Making

Digital Promise

What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero ’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution. offer more maker-related professional development experiences for educators.

Hack Your Notebook

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The team envisioned notebook hacking as an accessible, craft-based way to get students working with electronic components. “We This taps into the maker movement in a deep way,” Cole explained. “It’s It’s accessible in a different way than something like robotics or code wars.”.

Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

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He has spent the last two months interviewing experts throughout the maker movement with the goal of creating a self-paced course for anyone who wants to design a makerspace. Supportive community of fellow teacher-makers? She had a maker mindset. He had a maker mindset.