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.

Increasing Engagement, Creativity, and Innovation with Minds-On/Hands-On Activities

User Generated Education

Learner-Initiated and Directed – When presented as self-directed learning, educators, as mentioned above, give learners an open ended task, like develop a new type of transportation for use on another planet or design an assistive technology for someone with a disability.


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Webinar: Teaching with Augmented Reality with #ARVRinEDU Classroom Enthusiasts

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment in AR including classroom examples Effective ways to get started with AR Predictions on where AR will be in 5 years Who? I’m excited to be interviewing some leading Augmented Reality experts who are doing far more than this in their classroom to talk about changing pedagogies and practices surrounding this fantastic technology.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Jacqui Murray @askatechteacher about writing with technology. But, Jacqui, how do we teach writing with technology? So, Jacqui… you’ve given us five great ideas for writing with technology.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching in augmented reality (AR) for the past several years has been a bit of a challenge, in my opinion, as is often the case with new technologies. For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. Also, I’m able to easily assess and share their work in AR.

Awesome Atlanta Education Conference: STLinATL – July 26-27, 2018

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessment for Learning. Speakers Include: Jay McTighe – Internationally recognized thought leader on curriculum mapping, assessment, and instructional strategies. Join me and other education speakers at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. STLinATL is an exciting education conference hosted at Woodward Academy in Atlanta this summer July 26-27.

Different Schools for a Different World

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. I’ve been trying to talk to schools about four big shifts: The shift from low-level recall and regurgitation to deeper learning, The shift from teacher-directed to greater student agency, The shift from isolated-disconnected classroom work to more real-world authentic work, And then finally, using technology in robust ways to facilitate those first three.

She Hired Me! Betty Shiver, the woman who convinced me to become a teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

But I will say that at the time, I knew that one of my three kids had a learning difference, and I knew that there was technology to learn. She had kind of been left without a technology teacher at the last minute. We broke them across class groupings into science and social studies and English and math, and… Vicki: I had a technology group. And the math group… and the technology group… I don’t remember what all we did.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, he has a non profit 212 STEAM labs , but he also works with his whole district to help everyone be amazing in STEAM and with technology. Although we’re talking STEAM here, remember that it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Obviously that’s always a goal of ours, but I think something that often gets overlooked is that with all the tools and technologies and resources people have, look at real world problems.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. We Don’t Have To Choose Between Assessment and Excellent Teaching. The assessment piece is important for kids. They have developed their own little curriculum, and their assessment for learning to use the drone.

5 Things That Happen When We Empower Students

The CoolCatTeacher

It can be choice in their assessment. Every time I’ve done a project with my students, I’m learning not just new things about whatever content we’re covering, I’m learning about the technology we’re using. Juliani is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Centennial School District. As a former English teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J.

Google Jamboard

The CoolCatTeacher

Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’ 2018 Teacher’s Guide to Technology for more than 200 tools with special tips, videos, and screenshots to get you started. He is in the San Francisco Unified School District as a Learning Integration Designer, and he does it with digital technology. Now Tom, you and I have talked about two technologies that you’re particularly excited about with Chromebooks — Google Jamboard and Google Expeditions.

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Making is a Process

A Principal's Reflections

The makerspace was less about the latest technological gadget and more about the process of tinkering, inventing, creating, and making to learn. In a time when we tend to focus on the next big thing in technology we learned that planning was key and that a focus on learning and pedagogy would help us to achieve better learning outcomes for our students. Maker activities naturally align themselves to Quad D work as outlined by the Rigor Relevance Framework.

Its 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter?


In hindsight, Kay can identify three phases that have been critical in the 21st century learning movement. The third and current phase of the 21st century learning movement is all about “empowerment,” says Kay. As the 21st century learning movement expands internationally, we’re seeing an abundance of frameworks, assessments, and semantic labels as different organizations put their spin on what’s worth knowing.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

Until now, however, we haven’t really had apps to help us see the possibilities of this technology. To me, this technology leap is similar to when Marc Andreessen programmed Mosaic, the very first web browser, and showed us how we could “browse the web.” He’s either a hologram, an overlay appearing on your glasses or contacts, or — at least with current technology — on your cell phone.

FETC Future of Educational Technology… Orlando Florida… Please Join Me!

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Information Technology. W021 | Making Makers Mainstream … Connecting Curriculum Standards and the 4C’s. The makers movement across education has made a significant impact, allowing students to do and create. You will discover free and inexpensive maker resources to engage students in writing, math, reading. W121 | Beyond PBL, STEM, and STEAM … Dewey Meets Technology and Standards. Technology , Engineering .


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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

This post is dedicated to Technology. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, Makerspace, Inquiry, Computational Thinking, and the 4 C’s. I will be providing workshops and featured sessions on STEM, PBL, Inquiry, Maker Space, and Computational Thinking! Technology – STEM Resources. TEDed – Check out these wonderful lessons that really allow students to view the ideas behind future technology.

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10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016


But that hasn’t stopped us from asking a number of experts in education and technology to gaze into their crystal balls and share their thoughts on one major EdTech trend we can expect to see lighting up learning and one major challenge that education will face in 2016. Technology and the classroom – major trends and challenges. I believe more schools worldwide will find the funds and way to have their students learn with technology.

Problem-based learning gets a “make”-over: supercharging projects with maker mindsets and technology

FETC Converge

Schools around the world are embracing the idea of authentic hands-on technology-rich projects for students that support all subject areas. Curriculum is overstuffed with facts and assessment tests loom large. When do busy teachers have time to learn about technology that is ever-changing? Uncategorized learning opportunities problem-based learning STEM technology in the classroom training teachers

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This blog post is the second in a series where participating districts share why they are committed to providing maker learning opportunities to their students. Innovative learning spaces and equipment do not necessarily make an impactful maker learning program. Blog Educators Maker Learning

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years


In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Assessing making and tinkering. The risks of using reflection as your only tool for assessing making. Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. Previously, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, evangelizing student leadership through modern technology.

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. I call it creating a Maker Culture.

Critical Thinking in the 21st Century and Beyond

A Principal's Reflections

When thinking of makerspaces today, our learning experience in his class was one connected to the guiding principles of the maker movement. Mr. South had us actively learn science instead of just taking notes and then a traditional assessment. What has changed is how technology provides a new avenue to actively integrate this type of learning in ways that many of us could never have imagined. One of my fondest memories of school was my science teacher, Mr. South.

Top 4 microtrends in e-learning


Make imaginative use of technology. Try some of these resources to boost your entrepreneurial education modules, try also exploring the Maker Movement. Naturally peer-to-peer assessments remain controversial, but there are undoubtedly benefits to not only having work assessed by peers, but by also communicating to students that learning is a collaborative, not competitive, activity. Last week I introduced three megatrends affecting e-learning.

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Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

User Generated Education

This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism. Maker Education and Social Emotional Learning. Maker education, when planned around skills acquisition, can enhance social-emotional development. Example questions related to self-management and making include: What processes am I using to develop, assess, and revise my goals while making?

‘Learn’-Launching the 2017 Edtech Conversation With Cautious Optimism


Edtech gatherings that attract more than 1,000 attendees, such as LearnLaunch’s Across Boundaries Conference last week in Boston, are usually echo chambers of hubbub and hoopla about technology’s potential to transform education. However, as some teachers noted, implementing these types of personalized projects can be challenging because of limited space, scarce resources, and altering assessments. Education Technology Events Community

Building a Makerspace Culture to Support Standards and Learning … 10 Ideas and 16 Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As you are aware there is an amazing and powerful Maker Space movement going throughout the education landscape. In order to do so, I believe there are several ideas and concepts we must acknowledge in order to achieve the genuine education possibilities that the Maker’s culture can bring a classroom. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. You are bound to get some awesome Maker’s ideas.

In the marketplace: Online makerspaces and innovative college prep

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Using a completely adaptive learning engine and technology-enhanced assessments, UpSmart provides the right level of instruction and practice on each topic for each student.

15 Ideas To Go Beyond Makers Space… Building a Makers Culture

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. W137: Beyond the Initial Technology Shine: Developing Lessons that Promote 21st Century Skills and Significant Content (1/2 day Workshop). C206: PBL, STEM, and Makers Dewey Meets Technology: What Will You Do? 15 Ideas To Go Beyond Makers Space… Building a Makers Culture.

Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

The Principal of Change

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. Some will work in technology, others in traditional corporate spaces and still others in social or civic spaces. They will need to have a maker mindset.

Maker culture

Learning with 'e's

The recent Higher Education version of the Horizon Report highlights some interesting predicted trends for technology adoption. The Maker movement, user-generated videos, self-published eBooks, personalized domains, and other platforms have all seen steep increases in recent years. Those who forge collectively ahead will change their courses to accommodate student use of technologies to create their own content, and change their assessment methods too.

How to Push the Boundaries of School with Dynamic Learning

Shake Up Learning

The idea of dynamic learning is something I have been exploring a lot lately–some way to describe and put together all of the ideas and ways that technology can take learning to new heights and push the boundaries. Maker Projects : where students learn by doing! They can tinker, build, engineer, craft, program, and create with anything from cardboard to sophisticated technology projects.You don’t have to have a fancy Maker Space filled with expensive equipment.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context– 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology. The focus of that piece was technology, and how it might impact the way students learn in the coming decades. Connectivity could represent a new kind of assessment. Rather than measurement, true assessment is the process of uncovering understanding. Learning future of learning learning learning technology

What Would Dewey Do? Quotes…Ideas…Resources for Genuine Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have often wondered what John Dewey would do in today’s educational setting with our vast amount of knowledge from research and our rapid growth of technology. I plan on providing sessions that integrate PBL with STEM, Makers, Differentiated Instruction, Inquiry, Deeper Learning, and Technology Integration. Using Games, Play + Digital Media To Build Your Own Maker Culture – If you are going to be at ISTE in Denver this summer be sure to stop by this session.