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. Here are his thoughts on ‘the Maker Movement': With so much of the emphasis in today’s education world focusing on the need for education reform, it can be easy to forget just what this means. Education reform STEM

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. 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. The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading.

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

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I have always been an experiential educator. The ultimate goal is to get students at any level of education to become as mentally and physically engaged as possible in the learning process, regardless of the subject they are studying.

The ‘Maker’ Movement: Understanding What the Research Says

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Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Makereducation. 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.

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. Building a makerspace might sound like a daunting task for a traditional library, but in many cases the institutions can focus on what they already do well, said YOUmedia’s K-Fai Steele in an Educator Innovator webinar about youth makerspaces last month. It’s really about having people in places to manage and facilitate the maker experience.”

A New School Makerspace

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Integrating Maker Education Activities Into the Curriculum. Maker education needs to be intentional. It follows, then, for maker education to be brought into more formal and traditional classrooms as well as more informal ones such as with afterschool and community programs, it needs to be integrated into the curriculum using lesson plans to assist with this integration ( Learning in the Making ).

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

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You can also use and create breakout educational experiences. We work with robotics, because robotics are tools that allow them to learn coding and to learn abstract logic and thinking while not sitting in front of a computer screen. So robots have motors, they have sensors, they can move around. The particular robots we have developed in my Dev Tech Research Group at Tufts are called Kibo. Each block represents a command for the robot.

Maker Education Camp: Circuit Crafts

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This is my third summer offering maker education summer camps as part of a bigger program at a local school. During mornings (9 to 12 with a half hour recess), campers, grades Kindergarten through 6th grade, can choose from one of four enrichment classes: art, drama, games, foreign languages, computers, and in my case, maker camps. This summer I am offering: Cardboard Creations , Circuit Crafts, Toy Making and Hacking, and Robotics and Coding.

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

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Vicki: And I just want to stress — also as a fellow technology educator — that sandboxing is so important. Now, do you use robots? What about robotics? In my class, we use the Sphero robot quite a bit. See Top Tips for Teaching with Robots Using Sphero. We do use LEGO Mindstorms with like a couple kids here and there will LOVE to work with LEGO Mindstorms, and I have a robotics club that will use those. So that’s my Go To robot.

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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. Here, one of my students is working with his custom built Arduino robot.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Calculating those X and Y coordinates — which really kids of most ages can do — and then realizing that they can make the physical robot go here or there based upon their program. That’s what these robots are. The students will type in the stuff to get the robot to here or to there, and it doesn’t work. Steve Floyd on episode 249 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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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?” The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels. Classrooms need well-stocked maker spaces and creativity stations. Others built robots or drove my Dash Wonderbot.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

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Now back in December you did the Gingerbread STEM Community in Maker Space. He’s the robot there. That’s what makes a great educational change and transformative teaching, as well as we learn how to use technology in a nonthreatening way. in Elementary Education. The post Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

The Myth of Neutral Makerspaces

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Recently, I attended the Nation of Makers Conference whose theme was intentional inclusion. After a 10-state tour through educational makerspaces (both in-school and off-site facilities with an educational penchant), researchers from D rexel University’s ExCITe Center found a non-inclusive culture with a lack of attention to implicit biases. Seeing cultural practices in a maker light can open doors and blur the lines between teachers and learners.

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. 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.

How Can I bring Robotics Into My Curriculum? Programming Robots with SPRK Lightning Lab #AskTheTechCoach

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Lightning Lab will make it even easier to use the SPRK robot in the classroom because students can access te instructions and starter code inside of the app. Sphero makes app-enabled, teachable robots. SPRK Lightning Lab hub uses CWIST’s online platform to offer a free virtual community that allows educators, students, makers and parents to communicate about their projects. To get started users download the mobile app to program their robot. Download.

Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits

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Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits. Being a relatively new concept, the definition of Maker Ed isn’t exactly set in stone, though it roughly relates learning by making. What your definition of “making” is will likely help you form your definition of maker ed and learning through making, whether that be clay for sculpting, wood and saws for building, or apps for digital wares. The manual is very educational and teaches how this invention evolved over time.

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

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The answer, in part, lies in the so-called maker movement, a trend studded by hobbyists, inventors, students and even entrepreneurs who creates products or gadgets for educational or industrial purposes. In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S. Purchasing in higher education continues to fragment into different subsets of influencers in an increasingly “noisy” marketplace. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Maker Culture Has a ?Deeply Unsettling? Gender Problem

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The goal wasn’t to count the number of 3D printers or robotics clubs, but rather to take a more “ethnographic” view of the phenomena, says Youngmoo Kim, the director of Drexel’s ExCITe Center and an author of the study. Maker Mindset While makerspaces are often thought of as a monolithic concept, the authors actually found several distinct types, including artisanal and tech-focused spaces. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Applications Open Now #steam

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public schools can refer their educator colleagues to complete a contest submission and they will be entered for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note8 or Samsung 65” TV. To enter/official rules: share the Contest with other educators by directing them to www.Samsung.com/Solve to complete the application form including referral fields with all required information. Designed and built a robotic car seat to alert adults when children are left in hot cars.

Why Making and the Arts Need Each Other to Survive and Thrive in Schools

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My answer to you is this: We must bring more arts programming—and blend it with the maker movement—into our schools. Stretching resources: Why the maker movement can’t survive on its own in schools The sharing economy, the do-it-yourself movement, and the resurgence of entrepreneurial activity have pushed acceptance of the maker movement, as well. Maker culture can infuse any and all areas of performing and visual arts—and here are a few examples.

Learning by Making: Agency by Design and the Rise of Maker-Centered Education

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This post originally appeared at Usable Knowledge at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The maker movement — think of it as “smart DIY,” a high- and low-tech approach to tinkering that turns users into inventors — is spurring excitement about the power of ingenuity in fields as disparate as robotics and design and agriculture. Even the White House has hosted a Maker Faire.)

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. Additionally, there will be programming for community members of all ages that takes place after school hours to develop skills such as printing, robotics, and design thinking for product development. 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?

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. 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.

?Do or DIY: What We Saw (and Loved) at the 2017 Maker Faire

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This weekend marked San Mateo’s annual gathering of hackers, hobbyists and freak flag flyers: the Maker Faire. Back for its 12th year in the Bay Area, the Maker Faire is home to everything from drone racing, bicycle-powered music stages and even 32-foot tall towering Sextant Tesla Coils. Here are a few of our favorite DIY masters from the three-day event: EIGHTH GRADER Miles Raneri returned for his fifth appearance and exhibition at Maker Faire. III robot.

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. 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.

Connecting Women and STEM

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A critical component of the maker movement, LittleBits are used in classrooms and living rooms around the world to introduce kids […]. Inspire Education Technology gender equity littlebits Robotics STEAM steampunk stem Technology in Education women in stemI saw Ayah Bdeir speak at SXSWedu in March, and I’m still not over it. Her insights and contributions to the future of STEM as the founder and CEO of LittleBits cannot be understated.

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

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Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. 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.

Why Tech Doesn't Just Mean Computers and How It Can Be Used in Alternative Ways to Change Classroom Dynamics

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I must confess, I myself am really into the whole maker movement. While I find myself knitting on a couch with relative frequency (at night after the kids are asleep), I often think about how we as educators have a profound opportunity to show our kids in a very tactile way the concept of production/creation the highest form of learning according to Bloom. Like computer science labs, I am not a huge fan of maker labs either.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

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The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. 9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers ).

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

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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

Educator as Lead Learner: Learning LittleBits

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I have discussed educators as model learners before: The educator’s role has or should change in this age of information abundance or Education 2.0-3.0. The educator’s role has always been to model and demonstrate effective learning, but somewhere along the line, the major role of the educator became that of content and knowledge disseminator. Educator as Model Learner ). It is a mistaken assumption that educators know how to do so.

Do students buy into maker culture?

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Maker culture is going mainstream. The maker industry is projected to grow to more than $8 billion by 2020, and with the maker movement infiltrating classrooms, after-school clubs and homes, it’s no wonder. But where is the maker movement strongest? A new report from robotics and open-source hardware provider DFRobot aims to find out by analyzing DIY-labeled products hosted on Kickstarter.

TechShop launches maker space workshops for educators

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Maker space workshop guides educators and librarians through the nuts and bolts. Seizing hold of the booming maker movement, a new four-day workshop will walk educators through the steps of designing, equipping, and operating successful, safe and inspirational public maker spaces. Called, the TechShop Maker Space Academy, the workshop is based on TechShop’s maker space model. Planning and organizing engaging group events at your maker space.