Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections

This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. For a maker culture to succeed and thrive in a school, leadership matters.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

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Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “ the maker movement ,” and some worry where that story is going. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open. That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.

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How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Amanda Johnson on Episode 493 While we have to finish well, those of us who are returning to another year as an educator have to look forward to plan. Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer. Scroll down for some super cool pics of her library) SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging.

What Libraries Offer the Maker Movement

Educator Innovator

At the Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, toddlers and kids gather weekly to work on creative projects. On those days the library morphs into a “makerspace,” overflowing with sewing supplies, circuitry, yarn, and electronics. The Millvale site is part of a growing group of libraries that have opened up space, permanently or occasionally, for maker projects. For several years YOUmedia has operated “learning labs” in libraries across the country.

The Epic E-Book of WebTools

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor: Wipebook Flipchart Wipebook is an excellent solution for educators, no matter where you’re teaching. Listen to Kristina Holzweiss Talk about Some Amazing Resources for Educators and Librarians Listen to the show on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. Jeff: Ah, yeah… So I’m using Minecraft Education Edition in my technology classroom with my students. So with Minecraft Education Edition, that’s what I was able to accomplish. That’s what Minecraft Education Edition does. That’s the great thing about Minecraft Education Edition.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve found it works better if you have some flat surfaces around, but it will work anywhere Start designing Inside 3D bear are a variety of libraries that you can use. From dinosaurs to flowers and furniture, when you click on a library, give it a moment to download and you can start putting things in your environment using augmented reality. 3DBear includes other 3D libraries that let students add, arrange, and create digital items in your classroom.

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. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them. The Space Screams of a Maker Mindset Not the Stuff.

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

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Today’s college students are spending more time than ever in public and campus libraries. According to a recent Pew Research Report , millennials are most likely to have visited a public library in the past year compared to any other generation. But what would make a generation that grew up with internet so reliant on libraries—spaces traditionally known to be filled with shelves upon shelves of books? In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S.

A New School Makerspace

User Generated Education

A few of use spent the past few weeks rearranging our library so that one side contains our books and the other our STEAM materials. Integrating Maker Education Activities Into the Curriculum. Maker education needs to be intentional. I am beyond elated – our PreK-6 elementary school received monies, through our district’s Computer Science Resolution 2025, to create a STEAM (science, technology, arts, math) makerspace.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

SMART wants to recognize educators across the globe who inspire greatness in their students, peers or community. Nominate your favorite educator at coolcatteacher.com/greatness. She’s helped the students find books in the library, and she has also helped them learn some ways to navigate ways to share their knowledge through Google Slides or Wixie. Then they even started to go the library and find books for their friends.

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

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. We adapted the Design Thinking Process to include additional phases based on our own experiences in schools with educators and kids. Define the Problem: The educator along with the learners generate possible authentic problems to explore within their local community (classroom, school, social, community) which includes identification of the intended audience.

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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. 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 ” Perhaps looking into Micku Uppena’s library can help us understand. The library is popular again!

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Cathy Rubin in her Global Search for Education has posed these questions in my inbox for this month’s global search for education column: “ What should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything?” 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. Too many educators are playing to the wrong audience.

Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Here’s a class library for an elementary classroom. The post Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. All Grades All Subjects Assessment Chromebooks College (aged 18+) Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

5 Things That Happen When We Empower Students

The CoolCatTeacher

As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. A lot of times, we have this traditional setting for education, where students come in, they do what they’re told, they follow rubrics, and they go through. For a long time in education, we talked about the sage on the stage, the person that’s just kind of in front of the classroom, speaking, lecturing students.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

What are the common mistakes that educators make when they’re trying to use FlipSnack? Mandy: You know, it’s such an easy tool to use that I haven’t seen … I haven’t had an educator come back to me and say,“Ah I hated FlipSnack. You know, I did have an educator say to me once I like to use it for student portfolios. But, I have never had an educator come back to me and say oh I didn’t like FlipSnack for this purpose.

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Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

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As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. The post Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. 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 Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

Aaron Maurer @ coffeechugbooks gives us five ways to improve STEAM education for kids. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12. So, sometimes as educators we are the biggest obstacle. Aaron: I was just on a skype call with an amazing educator from High Tech High named Mike Strong, so I want to make sure that he gets credit for it.

Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. And yes, they’ll be flying drones in the library! ” He also discusses the importance of literature and creativity in the library. Why Reinvent the Library? Today we have Josh Stumpenhorst with us, and he is just one of the most motivating, exciting teachers, and he has a new learning space in his library.

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now. Vicki: So, remarkable educators, Erin Murphy and her book Hacking Project-Based Learning. The post 3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

When I hired Laura Fleming in 2013 to take over the traditional library she was tasked with giving it a reboot and was given complete autonomy to do so. There is a great deal of content out there about maker education. best practices Laura Fleming Maker Movement Makerspace RelevancyFor many students school has become an irritating experience grounded in boring lessons and learning activities.

“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

TeachThought - Learn better.

I asked our SXSWedu panel charged with sharing details about their Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces. Much like that student’s creation, Makerspaces are sparking a transformation in the nuclei of a school—the library. With a saw, a gallon of paint, and Dottie’s signature determination, she transformed her library into a vibrant Makerspace with minimal expense. The learning didn’t stop once the pumpkin made it inside the library.

What Should I Buy For My New Makerspace? A Five-Step Framework For Making the Right Purchases

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I recently was asked to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace, where I unveiled my “Worlds of Making 'MAKER' Framework.” Many people associate the Maker Movement with ‘stuff’ like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

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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?

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

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At the time, I was the homeless education program manager for Paducah Independent Schools District in Paducah, Kentucky. Our first step was to build an ecosystem that included higher education partners and professional advisors. We like to think of it as a souped-up public library with tech tools instead of books. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityI met Trevor (name has been changed) when he was a high school senior in 2014.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

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. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Focus on STEM and STEAM Education.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” With open-ended maker projects, trial and error is the name of the game.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

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. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Focus on STEM and STEAM Education.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

TeachThought - Learn better.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks. One of the things that sets TeachThought apart from other education publishers is the development of learning models and frameworks–new ways of teaching and learning and schooling that others can use. By clarifying what something is or implies, as an educator you can draw your own conclusions as to what might be in whatever learning environment you work in. The first of many such libraries appears below.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Sylvia also headed product development for consumer software, video games, and educational games at several software publishing companies. 10-minute Teacher Show Libraries News & Trends STEM Teaching

Guest Post: From Consumption to Creation: Future Ready Librarians Embrace Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy—when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs. Additionally, submissions are evaluated by practicing library leaders.

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

?The 10 Best AR Apps for Classrooms Using Apple’s New ARKit

Edsurge

In the midst of all this enthusiasm, Apple has released a new resource for app developers—the ARKit—that has supercharged augmented reality for fields like entertainment, gaming, advertising and, of course, education. In some instances, the app isn’t intended solely for education, and I try to make recommendations to prevent inappropriate content from being included. There are other libraries of 3D objects available, but JigSpace has made those objects more realistic using ARKit. #6

Future Ready Schools heralds school librarians as leaders

eSchool News

Future Ready Schools (FRS), led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, announced Future Ready Librarians , an expansion of the FRS initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. Future Ready librarians embrace change and innovation in education,” said Ray. “As New project highlights critical role school librarians play in supporting Future Ready goals.