Teaching makers: unraveling the maker movement


I think that hands-on experimentation, design, invention and creating is one of the most stimulating things you can engage students in, and I lap up anything I can on the thriving maker movement. So let’s unpack three of the pedagogically relevant concepts that drive the Maker Movement.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

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She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. ” The post Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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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?

Using Games to Help Reluctant Readers and Writers (and More)

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Dr. Lee Graham – Bio As Submitted Dr. Lee Graham teaches courses in educational technology and pre-service teaching at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta.

How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

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Whether you want to follow education technology, special education, math, or just teaching best practices , SmartBrief has an email newsletter for you. Amanda strives to be an innovative educator in a 1:1 iPad school, embracing the wide array of technology available in the media center.

How to Design the Classroom for Effective Education #notatiste19

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Subscribe to the Show Special ISTE19 Episodes From Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast will be airing some episodes full of education technology learning from popular ISTE speakers.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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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.”. Cathy Davis Hayes is an elementary art teacher at Oakland Beach Elementary School in Warwick.

Virtual Valentines and 2 Other Cool, Easy Collaborative Ideas for Teachers

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Virtual Valentines Awesome Squiggles Project San Diego Zoo Teacher Field Trip Dyane Smokorowski Instructional Technology Coach Dyane Smokorowski is the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in the Andover Public schools.

Minecraft in the Classroom

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Jeff: Ah, yeah… So I’m using Minecraft Education Edition in my technology classroom with my students. It’s all about technology. I am the Technology Coordinator for Brinnon School District in Brinnon, WA. I love being able to teach other educators about my passion of technology.

How to Create in AR and VR

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AR VR and MR for All Classrooms Jaime Donally’s’s Bio as Submitted Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Jacqui Murray @askatechteacher about writing with technology. But, Jacqui, how do we teach writing with technology?

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Teaching in augmented reality (AR) for the past several years has been a bit of a challenge, in my opinion, as is often the case with new technologies.

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

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” Real World with Imagination Integration Certainly , the future of automotive technology is a fascinating topic for technology courses. Help Your Students Enter the U.S.

How to Use Metaverse: Awesome Augmented Reality and New Features

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From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Metaverse is a powerful augmented reality (AR) programming app for classrooms. I first wrote about this app in December 2017 shortly after launch.

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

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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?

5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

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In my Computer Science course, my students have been studying the convergence of technology.

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iPads in Kindergarten

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Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.

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What Will It Take to Push the K-12 Maker Movement to Be More Inclusive?


Cicely Day works in Oakland, California at Burckhalter Elementary School as an instructional teacher leader, where she helps support teachers and students in ELA/math and in the computer lab. But despite the work of on-the-ground educators like Day and Taylor, the maker movement in K-12 schools is far from perfect. What does it really take, for example, to diversify the communities of maker educators and mentors out there? Everyone's a maker.

A New School Makerspace

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I am beyond elated – our PreK-6 elementary school received monies, through our district’s Computer Science Resolution 2025, to create a STEAM (science, technology, arts, math) makerspace. Integrating Maker Education Activities Into the Curriculum.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

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And you know, I’m kind of technology agnostic in some ways. I like technology. But what I saw recently were three kids that were using VR technology, and the stories are a little different. They were doing kind of an Open House to share how different kids were using technology.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

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The school’s Learning Commons , which is a multi-disciplined, technology-infused learning center, has attracted visits by MIT, Harvard, the Universities of Virginia and North Carolina and from the Smithsonian Museum and the New York Hall of Science.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

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OK, well, educators, just remember that you can use technology in any classroom. You can use technology in any classroom. I love using technology in the classroom and believe computer literacy is as important to this generation as reading literacy was to previous generations.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. As a change maker herself, she is passionately co-leading a grassroots movement in order to spark a systemic cultural shift towards an innovative model of education.

Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

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I also have two green walls in my studio technology office area. Joe Brennan on episode 297 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Digital filmmaking can successfully be integrated into any class.

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Simple Steps to Teach Kids to Program

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This week I’ll be sharing the 7 Pedagogical Shifts That Make Interactive Displays a Key to a Student-Centered Classroom on the Cool Cat Teacher blog sponsored by SMART Technologies. Vicki: We’re also talking about teaching kids in elementary, middle, and high school.

5 Ideas to Change Teaching with Digital Tools

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She’s been in education or 33 years, but for 21 years she’s been helping so many of us with our professional development, keynoting our conferences, speaking, and encouraging us to really use technology in the classroom. How many poster boards must die from these elementary years?

Simple Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Streetview and Google Cardboard with Donnie Piercey

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And so like my kids took these images that they collected inside and outside our building, and they actually presented and shared at the International Society for Technology (ISTE) this year, which is really neat.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

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Now, he has a non profit 212 STEAM labs , but he also works with his whole district to help everyone be amazing in STEAM and with technology. Although we’re talking STEAM here, remember that it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Virtual Valentines: The Global Valentine Project Sharing Love and Learning

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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.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

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However, I do believe mixed reality gives us one of the most fantastic tools to help students understand the real world using VR technology. The contest promotes immersive technology and illustrates how impactful mixed reality can be in a classroom setting.

Kids Co-Creating Curriculum

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Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more.

Different Schools for a Different World

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If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll win technology and prizes to help your STEAM project come to reality. We saw some movement in the 80’s and 90’s around portfolio development, around performance assessment, and other sorts of indicators of authentic work.

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

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In addition to Project Based Learning, she also regularly consults with other leaders and learners regarding Literacy, Technology, and Leadership. Erin Murphy on episode 164 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

What’s Hot in 2nd-Grade with #2ndchat moderator Carol McLaughlin

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Carol: Of course, STEAM is a big thing that teachers are wanting to do in Maker Space. Carol: I think sometimes second grade teachers are scared to let [go of] control of their classrooms, and also the technology, thinking that their [students] are too young to do it.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

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Also, people have used it to create, like we’ve had a summer technology institute, and we’ve created our schedules for that institute within FlipSnack and then shared the FlipSnack book out. So that was a great way from an elementary standpoint to use FlipSnack.

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