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Finch Robots are Coming to Our Library Makerspace in Fall 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our library makerspace will feature 12 Finch Robots by BirdBrain Technologies during the 2015-2016 school year. The robots are on loan to us for the entire school year, and this loan comes with the possibility of these robots being a permanent donation to our space.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. 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. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces.

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release

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You may want to begin your explorations of the Collection by identifying with one of five personas developed to help library staff connect with resources that reflect their own computational thinking (CT) experiences, communities, goals, and interests. technology

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. 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. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.

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. Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. The library is popular again!

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Maryland Educator Ali Schilpp Named 2018 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal

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NEW YORK, NY – August 21, 2018 – School Library Journal(SLJ) has announced Ali Schilpp, a library media specialist from Northern Middle School in Accident, MD, as the 2018 School Librarian of the Year.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

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This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

eSchool News

The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

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Most people don’t consider education technology to be such an important industry, but it’s actually gigantic. The technology is evolving rapidly, so it’s hard to predict what is going to happen in the next 20 or 30 years. What is the difference between the two technologies?

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Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

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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.

12 Awesome Ideas for Ending the School Year

Teacher Reboot Camp

Discover more ways to integrate technology effectively by taking one of my fully accredited online courses or get one of my books ! Book and Web Tool Reviews – Get students to create short audio or video trailers of the books they read in class or from the library.

For Investors, the Future of Education Technology is now the Workplace

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For investors, the future of education technology is now the workplace. After several years of waiting for the K-12 market to grow faster, and a couple of years getting schooled in higher education, education technology investors seem to have decided edtech’s future is the workplace.

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

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Through our direct interactions with educators and school leaders around the country working to implement effective personalized learning models in their schools and districts, we find that technology’s role in this arena is yet to be clearly defined on a broad scale. So, what role(s) should technology play in education? Maddux worried that technology would disrupt the personal relationships built and maintained through live, in-class discussions.

Tinkering in Our Open Makerspace

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

One of the experiences is technology-focused and the other is more craft-focused. They often lead the work while I assist other students in the library or teach classes. I love hearing how the elementary students and college students talk to one another.

Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

A Principal's Reflections

In the past, I have written extensively of how Wells Elementary in Cypress, TX has evolved into a prime example of what’s possible when teachers, building leaders, and district administrators work together to move from vision to action. Marine robotics lab (M.A.T.E.

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

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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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Popup Makerspace at UGA with the Maker Dawgs and Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

A few weeks ago, Gretchen Thomas, UGA instructional technology teacher, emailed me about a possible collaboration on the UGA campus. The biggest news was that 2 members of the Flipgrid and Vidku team from Minneapolis flew down to do a video in our library.

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

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I’ve come along way since then, moving from traditional library programming into the 21st century, with coding and robotics to match. Robots in the library. Students creating robot art Along with my new online curriculum, I also wanted to give the students real world opportunities to use their coding skills. I discovered a robot-building program for children which runs on Blockly, the same programming language students were already learning.

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. Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair. gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #makered #makerspace #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #robot #robotics #stem #steam #technology #coding #hourofcode #tlchat #proudtobeccsd.

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.

An Epic! Take on the Future of Reading in Classrooms Around the World

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I’m very excited to see education technology playing a larger role in the tech community,” says Markosian, CEO of Epic! “As elementary schools are using Epic!, Books are one of the most essential resources used by teachers, but because so many of today’s school and classroom libraries have limited quantity and selection, it is becoming harder and harder to get kids excited about reading. Where did you get your start in investing and technology? Three years ago, Epic!

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

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In August 2017, Workbench began its initial pilot phase with a multi-day Professional Development (PD) workshop for teachers from Wildwood Elementary/Middle School (formerly Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle School). Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.

Innovation Lounge at Dynamic Landscape 2017

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I just realized that I haven't posted anything in this blog since April - can that be? Thinking about the past few months, I realize why.

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

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PASCO Scientific is the global leader in developing technology-based solutions for hands-on science. No matter the technology mix in the classroom, everyone shares the same user experience, with learning focused on the subject matter not the hardware, thus simplifying classroom management for the teacher. the Ergobot to teach both Forces & Motion and Programming & Robotics. False Target Rejection Technology for clean data.

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Part 3: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Engineering

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts of STEM being a Verb a few posts back, along with the 40 resources geared toward STEM Science and 35 resources geared toward STEM Technology. Click on the links provided and below to find lessons, materials, and robotics education discussion forums.

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Here's What the ISTE Standards for Students Look Like in Five Projects

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ISTE Standards for Students , released in 2016, were developed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where students or teachers are in the thoughtful integration of technology. Technology is considered a raw material that nudges children to explore with Circuit Blocks, electronic toys and other devices and components. Education Technology Events CommunityThe new.

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

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With the Common Core, state testing, interventions, and all else that goes on in the elementary day, how would I find time for my students to investigate and inquire into their interests? Start with something small, maybe just relocating your classroom library, and see where it takes you.

What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

Frankie Jackson, chief technology officer, Cypress Fairbanks (TX) Independent School District. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In When my students have advanced past color programming, they can program the same robots using Blockly/Java script.

STEM Gains Traction in After-School Programs

Leadership Lounge

Many schools are recognizing the importance of providing their students with opportunities for greater technology instruction — especially in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with an emphasis on coding.

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Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

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Thinking on Their Feet A Makeblock kit (via flickr ) It’s not unusual to see students in grades 3-12 at Rapides Parish Library tooling around with 3D printers, virtual reality glasses (VR) and other advanced technology. library’s makerspace materials come from a retired teacher who volunteers his time and brings his own materials with him, but the balance of the supplies are kit-based. “We’ve Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

BrainPOP is a collection of three-five minute animated movies, learning games, quizzes, and interactive activities for grades 3-8 addressing a wide variety of topics such as math, science, social studies, health, art, and technology. Library Spot.

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

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Seeing that the world and education has changed (especially in the areas of technology, privacy, etc), I thought it might be a good time to rewrite the post before the start of the 2018 school year. Yes, technology costs money. For this challenge, have a day without technology.

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

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Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. 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. Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Education Technology Market Trends Edtech Business

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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. million into schoolwide technology upgrades. We literally dumpster-dive for technology.”.

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

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At the time, I was in the process of developing a program called “The Tech Pipeline” that allowed local, fast-growing technology companies to connect with prospective talent in the community through our schools. Trevor was hesitant to tag along with a class he didn’t know for the field trip, but was quickly persuaded by the promise of learning about new technology. The days of factory work are passing us quickly as most technology can replace the skill sets required for those jobs.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. Our elementary and middle schools utilize i-Ready diagnostics to form enrichment and intervention groups,” says Dr. Julia Lamons, assessment supervisor at Greene County Schools. Eye gaze technology ?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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In addition, ABC Mouse has shared releases and updates for ABCmouse Mastering Math, Digital Library Experience, Standards-Aligned Collections, A New Teacher Experience, and the ABCmouse Ambassador Program. Software & Online 3DBEAR AR INNOVATOR PROGRAM ( 3dbear.io/product/

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 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.