Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? That’s what these robots are.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

eSchool News

Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “ the maker movement ,” and some worry where that story is going. The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

The CoolCatTeacher

Former secretary of education, William Bennett, says, “An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

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. So that’s my Go To robot.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Now back in December you did the Gingerbread STEM Community in Maker Space. He’s the robot there. in Elementary Education. Innovation IT Coaches and Directors Lesson Plans Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Teachers Web Tools

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

Elementary and middle school students will be able to attend field trips and summer camp programs at the space to gain exposure to project-based learning experiences with high-tech tools. 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

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. Innovative learning spaces and equipment do not necessarily make an impactful maker learning program.

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

Saving Socrates

I must confess, I myself am really into the whole maker movement. While I certainly don''t think we can spend a great deal of any school time teaching kids how to knit, I do think the new technologies like robotics and 3d printing are under tapped in elementary schools. Like computer science labs, I am not a huge fan of maker labs either. Personally, I''m all about the 3D printer and robotics, but this could be a space for a variety of new technologies.

Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

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. 9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers ).

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

Digital Promise

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. Integrating with the Maker Movement. Districts are also finding a natural integration between computational thinking and maker learning.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They arise from the wider maker movement and they are emerging now in formal education settings globally. A Maker Mindset. Having a maker mindset is key.

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From MakerSpace to MakerFaire – Guest Post from Christine Boyer

EdTechTeacher

Since creating our school’s makerspace in November 2013, I’ve seen a small revolution start to grow within our elementary school and also across our district. Creating Maker Spaces. Technology in Elementary Classrooms.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities. It's primarily focused on educators working with elementary age students.

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology

Edsurge

Pearsall notes that this school year teachers are expanding their definitions of technology projects to include more maker centers and coding curriculum. As the maker movement catches on, we're seeing more requests for things like MakerBots, 3Doodler pens, and robotics kits.” Ellen Goodman The LilySarahGrace Foundation started in 2012, has given over $1 million to support the arts and inquiry-based learning in underfunded elementary schools.

Creating Space for "Maker Moments"

Graphite Blog

Despite claims made by some, the maker movement is no fad -- it's just a new name for something lots of people have been doing for a long time. I had my first "maker moment" at 4 years old. With a generous donation from the PTA, lots of hustle on DonorsChoose.org , and some dumpster diving, our Maker Lab was born! " The maker movement is about creating and problem-solving, not purchasing and consuming.

Creating Space for "Maker Moments"

Graphite Blog

Despite claims made by some, the maker movement is no fad -- it's just a new name for something lots of people have been doing for a long time. I had my first "maker moment" at 4 years old. With a generous donation from the PTA, lots of hustle on DonorsChoose.org , and some dumpster diving, our Maker Lab was born! " The maker movement is about creating and problem-solving, not purchasing and consuming.

From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School

Graphite Blog

My own interest in the Maker Movement offered the perfect inspiration, and so with financial help from both our PTA and DonorsChoose , as well as some creative dumpster-diving, the Maker Lab was born. A Space for Making Makers Similar to the Lego Club, the Maker Lab aims to encourage collaboration and creativity in a student-focused setting. As you can imagine, an elementary-school maker club is bound to look different than its middle or high school counterpart.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Iris Lapinski - CEO, CDI Apps for Good - "Apps for Good - Growing a new generation of problem solvers and makers" Dale Dougherty - Founder, President, and CEO, Maker Media, Inc.; Gary Bass Meaningful STEM-Based Learning in a University/Elementary School Partnership - Maria D.

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