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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

Steve Jobs said in his final Apple keynote introducing the iPad 2, “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.”. Catherine: And… I’m driving, three months later, hearing that they made robots like this.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah, today, we’re going to talk about how to use technology to make science more exciting and more effective. So, Leah, what’s your first idea for using technology to engage kids in science? Is technology a distraction? Can we have a fifth idea for technology and science?

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we’re talking with Micah Brown @mbrownedtech , an Instructional Technology Specialist in Kansas. OK, so let’s say that I’m a teacher and I’m not super comfortable with technology. Now back in December you did the Gingerbread STEM Community in Maker Space.

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


Conditions in society’s economic and technological spheres, however—at levels from local to global—have amped up stresses on our schooling systems more than ever before as we work within the confines of time. My answer to you is this: We must bring more arts programming—and blend it with the maker movement—into our schools. So then… how are “making” and the maker movement uniquely powerful as avenues of learning—and where might it come up against resistance?

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


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.

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

Saving Socrates

While I am sure you already realize technology itself is nothing new. In fact, at one point, a tractor, train, light bulb, and even a pencil were radical technology. While this is certain a huge part of any tech initiative, it sort of ignores other key technological innovation that are also taking place that our children would profoundly benefit from being exposed to in a school environment. I must confess, I myself am really into the whole maker movement.

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 ).

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


She is not alone, as educators around the United States get ready to start the 2017-18 school year, supplies—particularly technology—can cost classrooms hundreds of thousands of dollars. Districts and Teachers Choose A popular platform teachers use fund classroom technology is , a website started in 2000 by a teacher. The platform allows educators to fund everything from technology supplies to professional development trips. (In

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. Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) Director of Technology Mark Ray stated, “When students can control and build something and have an opportunity to have a small amount of control, it is powerful for engagement in school and as individuals.” VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few.

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 are most often associated with STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). A Maker Mindset. Having a maker mindset is key.

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From MakerSpace to MakerFaire – Guest Post from Christine Boyer


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. Others are being built, used and scheduled, akin to traditional technology classes.

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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.