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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

The CoolCatTeacher

A global search in education blog post From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. For our beginning of the year passion projects, some students chose to teach others about our robotic filming Swivl tool and app. Maker Movement. Many schools are creating maker spaces or “ Fab Labs ” so students have a space and place to invent. Some libraries are putting these in a Learning Commons. (See

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

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This blog post is my answer. To expand their knowledge, they had to assemble a library and know how to find books in it. The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels. Classrooms need well-stocked maker spaces and creativity stations. Josh Stumpenhorst has students flying drones in his library.

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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.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Blog: [link]. Hummingbird Robotics Kit. 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. 10-minute Teacher Show Libraries News & Trends STEM Teaching

Celebrating the National Week of Making

Digital Promise

Tomorrow marks the first day of the national Week of Making , a week dedicated to celebrating makers and providing opportunities for people across the country to make. We are excited to take part in highlighting the diversity of makers through our three-part video series featuring maker learning happening at different Maker Promise schools across the country. We are working on several new resources and opportunities to support maker learning and Maker Promise signers.

Hack Your Notebook

Educator Innovator

Following Hack Your Notebook Day, a nationwide paper circuitry and applied STEM learning event held this summer that brought together makers from around the country, libraries and other connected learning spaces have continued “hacking” notebooks by holding independent events for diverse groups of learners around the country. In August, a group of teens gathered at the San Francisco Public Library, a member of the YouMedia network, to do some electrical engineering.

Maker Programs Strive to Reach All Students

Educator Innovator

Through training and outreach, maker programs aim for greater diversity among future innovators. The maker movement is everywhere it seems. Kids tinkering with sewing machines or laser cutters, designing their own cookie cutters to “print” in a 3D-printer at libraries, museums, maker camps, or classrooms across the country. “It’s a way to get maker out in the community,” he explained.

Makerspace for Little or Nothing

The Daring Librarian

When we have testing in our Library, I put all our Makerspace stuff on an AV cart and roll it into our server room. You can take baby steps into the Maker Movement. I've been saying that for 7 years or so.long before I blogged about it, I tried it out. I'm not 100% sold, even after 7 years of talking about the Maker Movement, that it's something that's here to stay and not just a fad. Big or small, lavish or little, it's all about the maker mindset.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I will be providing workshops and featured sessions on STEM, PBL, Inquiry, Maker Space, and Computational Thinking! NASA Robotic Lesson Plans – Some wonderful lesson ideas that cover all grade levels to engage students. Perhaps this could be part of a Makers’ Unit of Study that focuses on College and Career Readiness and 21st Century Skills. Take a look at the library and get set to Make!

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Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

In my last blog post , I wrote about the rebirth of career and technical education (CTE) in U.S. I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities. But one site, a prestigious all male prep school, decided instead to use its funds to build a full-scale makerspace in the school’s former library. high schools.

Educators Make, Play, and Connect This Summer

Educator Innovator

In Los Angeles , that might mean kids joining at libraries and the Getty Center to hone their art and computer coding skills. In Pittsburgh, kids might join the growing Maker Movement or pick up some engineering skills while making robots. The campaign is spearheaded by Educator Innovator , powered by the National Writing Project , and the Mozilla Foundation’s Maker Party. Join kids and adults in Mozilla’s Maker Party (July 15th to September 15th).

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

But as successive refinements improve them to the point that they start to steal customers, they may end up reshaping entire industries: classified ads (Craigslist), long distance calls (Skype), record stores (iTunes), research libraries (Google), local stores (eBay), taxis (Uber) and newspapers (Twitter).” Maker Movement. blogs, social media, podcasting) to promote conversation and thinking around what’s possible in education. Robotics in the classroom.

Stop Thinking and Start Doing -- A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Graphite Blog

You've no doubt read countless blogs and articles about the incredible impact makerspaces can have in schools. But after being a maker-librarian for nearly two years, I can assure you that you should really stop thinking about starting a makerspace. I weeded my library like crazy and made mock-ups using Google Drawings to help them envision the new space. I set up a filter on TweetDeck to see everything posted on #makered and #makerspace.

Stop Thinking and Start Doing -- A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Graphite Blog

You've no doubt read countless blogs and articles about the incredible impact makerspaces can have in schools. But after being a maker-librarian for nearly two years, I can assure you that you should really stop thinking about starting a makerspace. I weeded my library like crazy and made mock-ups using Google Drawings to help them envision the new space. I set up a filter on TweetDeck to see everything posted on #makered and #makerspace.