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Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life

EdTech Magazine

Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life. Josh Stumpenhorst got hooked on robotics three years ago when his son showed him the Sphero BB-8, a baseball-sized, self-propelled robot based on the Star Wars droid. You don’t need to buy or build anything.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

Kleinspiration

This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has many disruptors–3D Printing, AR and VR, 1:1 technology, STEM, and STEAM–but a recent and wildly popular one is robotics. One I discovered this summer is Wonder Workshop’s collection of three robots — Cue, Dash, and Dot. Robotics Competition.

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release

NeverEndingSearch

I was excited to attend the release party for the beta version of ALA’s Ready to Code Collection at Annual a few weeks back. The cohort has spent the past 28 weeks hard at work, developing their resources and implementing Ready to Code principles. Good to Go.

Notes from the "Makerspace for Elementary Schools" Session @ #edcampsteam

Saving Socrates

Electronic with robots, goal is use to do it yourself concept. It is designated space such as a library, or unused locker room they can refurbish. In elementary school, a little more guided. Can be low tech teaching kids how to knit or wood and soldering irons, kids have gotten away from making things. This is a philosophy getting back to why and how things are made and how you can be a part of it. Want to get it off the ground.

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 school year, I have… allow[ed] my students to work collaboratively while making,” shared Detweiler. “I

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace.

Tinkering in Our Open Makerspace

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Through our collaboration with Gretchen Thomas at UGA, we have been able to offer an open time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students to come and explore various parts of our makerspace. Students sign up for a 30-minute segment to come and explore a pre-chosen topic.

12 Awesome Ideas for Ending the School Year

Teacher Reboot Camp

Before the year ends I aim to get students to review, reflect, and connect. Some of your students are probably super excited to begin their summers or might be restless from testing. You may get students to write a few extra just in case your class size increases!

Popup Makerspace at UGA with the Maker Dawgs and Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

She wanted to bring her Maker Dawgs class to the UGA Tate Center Plaza to host a popup makerspace. The idea would be to have a variety of maker tools available for UGA students to try on the spot. We are taking over UGA to show off Makerspace stuff.

Recent Scenes from Our Makerspace and an Exciting Update!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our library makerspace has been a bustling place over the past few weeks. I’ve still been holding some periodic makerspace recess sessions where students can signup to come and explore the space and what it has to offer. Tinkering leads to a student made microphone.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

In 2013, I was hired to teach computer science (CS) and video game design to students in grades K-5 at Monte Sano Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala. A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education.

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Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. This honor, of course, came with rules to follow.

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

Edsurge

Back then, I learned to type catalog cards on an electric typewriter and created lessons around print resources and the Dewey Decimal system. I’ve come along way since then, moving from traditional library programming into the 21st century, with coding and robotics to match. It all began when I read an article about the “Hour of Code” initiative, a program that asks every student school-wide to participate in one hour of coding activities. Robots in the library.

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

They teach students how to think critically and solve evidence-based problems. Enter award-winning PASCO Scientific with a commitment to providing innovative, affordable tools for K-12 science and math programs. They provide a wealth of rugged, inquiry-based products to educators in more than 100 countries around the world. the Ergobot to teach both Forces & Motion and Programming & Robotics. It can detect movement within a range of 15 cm to 4 m.

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Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

techlearning

After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. Research from School Library Journal indicates that maker activities at elementary and middle schools increased by 4 percent from 2014 to 2017.

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Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry

EdTechTeam

As a teacher, I knew all about project based learning and how rewarding it could be for students, but I struggled to imagine how I would make it work in my 4th grade classroom. As we returned to school in January, our inquiry took off.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, and junior Ulises Santillano Tlaseca troubleshoot a 3D printing job in the library’s maker space. When my library is quiet, that’s a red flag,” said Chun. So far, it seems to be working.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

This year, I resolve to … Support high-quality learning. For 2019, our IT emphasis will be on cybersecurity and on high-availability, high-resiliency, high-speed wireless access to support 24 x 7 x 365 learning. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? Optionally, they can take a quiz and send results to the teacher. How Stuff Works.

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21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)

techlearning

Part of the popularity of the post was due to the Sean Junkins created infographic that accompanied the post. All that to say – Congratulations! If you are reading this post it means that you have taken the time to click on a link before just looking at the infographic.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

But I also bemoaned the lack of opportunities available to non-CTE students who wish to work with their hands. Many are being assembled and supported by industrious librarians looking for new ways to offer their students hands-on learning opportunities.

From MakerSpace to MakerFaire – Guest Post from Christine Boyer

EdTechTeacher

The saying, “If you build it, they will come” may have been referring to baseball stadiums, but it may also be the favorite mantra of makerspaces across the country. Our makerspace is a small room off of our library that was once an office and storage space. How will you learn it?

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. These solutions will be offered to school librarians in the U.S.

How Do We Know If Technology Is the Solution or the Problem?

Edsurge

And nowhere is that seemingly innocuous question more likely to ruffle feathers than in the realm of education. At EdSurge Fusion in October, we hope to find some common ground between the tech-forward and tech-resistant education communities. Furthermore, we aim to hit upon research-backed and evidence-based solutions to the most intractable problems that students and educators face in the tech-infused classrooms of today.and tomorrow.

Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

techlearning

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. Content Exploring the Science of Happiness: Studies show that two out of three American teens are stressed and many don't know how to handle it.

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VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

Not only do they need the skills to navigate and utilize technology, but they need to understand how technology can connect them with people, places, and resources that were previously unreachable. Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. But there is a way to take these tools farther, and make them more student-centered.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Capstone is pleased to announce its most popular PebbleGo databases are now available in Spanish. Three new modules PebbleGo Biografías (Biographies), Ciencia (Science), and Estudios Sociales (Social Studies) have been added to the database.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via PR Watch : “ Betsy DeVos Ethics Report Reveals Ties to Student Debt Collection Firm.” Via Wired : “The Senate Prepares to Send Internet Privacy Down a Black Hole.” ” Via The Atlantic : “How Betsy DeVo s Could End the School-Integration Comeback.” Via Edsurge : “How Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ’s iZone Went from ‘Cool’ to Cold.” ” Honestly, I can’t even bear to look.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

— Inside a high-ceilinged library at Northridge High School here, seniors are typing on 16-year-old laptops donated by a local Rotary Club. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”. They also take field trips to area manufacturing firms.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Angela Maiers Tonight - LOTS of 2014 Global Education Conference Updates - Proposal Deadline, Keynotes, and Volunteering

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The great majority of these events are free to attend. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Everyone is encouraged to submit a presentation proposal, including first-time presenters. Get ideas on how to participate!

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ President Trump Earmarks $200 Million in Federal Grants for STEM , Computer Science Programs ,” says Edsurge , later swooning that “ Google , Facebook , Amazon Among Tech Titans Committing $300 Million to K–12 Computer Science.” ” “Amazon, Facebook and others in tech will commit $300 million to the White House's new computer science push,” says Recode. Department of Education Awards $253 Million in Grants to Expand Charter Schools.”

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

It was a nod, in part, to Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking , a book that I’ve found useful in understanding how grief clouds our thinking, how grief makes use want to believe the unbelievable, how it “ruptures the rational,” as I wrote then.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via ProPublica : “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Senate would open up Pell Grants to low-income students who earn college credits while still enrolled in high school,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via The Washington Post : Governor Scott “Walker wants Wisconsin to be first state to stop dictating how much time kids should go to school.” Education Politics.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas!

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