The Maker Movement In Education

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Here are his thoughts on ‘the Maker Movement': With so much of the emphasis in today’s education world focusing on the need for education reform, it can be easy to forget just what this means. Eduporium ‘s Andy Larmand is the newest contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher.

The ‘Maker’ Movement: Understanding What the Research Says

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Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Maker” education. The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations. There is growing interest in whether Maker education can help boost student learning outcomes, including test scores. The Maker Movement in Education (Erica R.

Webinar: Teaching with Augmented Reality with #ARVRinEDU Classroom Enthusiasts

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3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

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For example, I had to assess “over the shoulder” by looking at what students were doing. Here’s one example of how 3D Bear can be used for a real world conversation. You could have a classroom design challenge, for example, where students suggest repositioning the furniture.

3D Printing in a STEM Classroom

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He shares his workflow, how his students sculpt in VR before printing, example projects, and how he manages supply costs. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Displays: A Maker Education Project

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See Halloween Wars: An Interdisciplinary Lesson with a STEM, STEAM, Maker Education Focus for more about this. Here is an example from one of my 6th grade students: Artifacts for the Day of the Dead Displays. I have lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a few decades.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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So, for example, if there’s a math concept and you can bring in geometry shapes, creating artwork that uses the concepts, fractions, all the time observing proportions, and point out how much math they’re using in art, just by making the art.

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


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? And how does one respond to educators or critics who say that maker education is “just a fad”? EdSurge: Knikole and Cicely, both of you endeavor to bring the maker movement into your practices. Everyone's a maker.

Simple and Rube Goldberg Machines: A Maker Education, STEAM Lesson

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They used their Chromebooks to go on a scavenger hunt both inside and outside of the school to take photos of example simple machines. Learners were given a worksheet that contained several examples of Rube Goldberg Machines and asked to sketch their own cartoon versions.

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

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For example, if you have a faucet in the bathroom that has a sensor, and you put in your hands, water comes out. That’s just an example of one of the SMART objects that we have all around us.

The Maker Mentality Takes on Many Forms

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Those who follow my blog know that I have jumped into and am loving the current emphasis on the Maker Movement and Maker Education. The proverbial sweet icing on the cake is that it is a perfect example of the maker movement.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

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The UDL Guidelines provide a deep dive into each of the principles to checkpoints that provide resources, examples, and research. We provide one example around an Egg Drop and the Design a Squishy Circuit for a Classmates (see these examples at the end of this post).

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Halloween Wars: An Interdisciplinary Lesson with a STEM, STEAM, Maker Education Focus

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To introduce and reinforce ideas, concepts, and skills associated with maker education, STEM, and STEM. Here is one student group’s example: Education Maker Education cooperative learning educational technology experiential learning maker education maker movement STEAM STEM

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Maker Education: Pedagogy, Andragogy, Heutagogy

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Maker education is currently a major trend in education. But just saying that one is doing Maker Education really doesn’t define the teaching practices that an educator is using to facilitate it. Maker education takes on many forms. PAH within a Maker Education Framework.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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Give me an example. Lindsey: For example, one student was interested in the history behind mathematics and has been researching how math started out with the cavemen and women and there is actually mathematical writing on caves.

Maker Monday: Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose

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John Spencer, co-author of two different best-selling books, Launch and Empower , talks about the creativity (and test score) boosts his classes experienced when he began Maker Mondays. Maker Monday: Start the Week with Creativity and Purpose. What is Maker Monday? Maker Monday.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

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So, for example, on a computer screen you can put objects in different places. Here are five examples of simple breakouts, but you can find many more by downloading the Metaverse app and browsing them.

Making Better Videos and Movies with Students

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Vicki: Give me an example. What would be an example of a video you’ve seen in math or in history? Give us an example of a video in an unlikely subject. Give us an example of how you coached some video projects.

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Merge Cube Mania in Middle School

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So what’s an example of something it might look like? They had to give some examples. Karen’s website called “Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativity” contains a wealth of iPad resources and student project examples.

Educating Kids for Life not for Tests

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Secondly, four examples of virtual reality programming in the classroom. 4 Virtual Reality Examples in Virginia. Example #1: An autistic student using VR. Example #2: VR and Beowulf. Example #3: A student designing fashion in VR.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

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For example, if I took students on a field trip to the set of a Star Wars shoot, they would all be looking at different things. For example, as shown in the video below, I viewed a 360 video someone shot in China.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

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Santha is a great example of using drones in the English classroom. Santha Walters on episode 282 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Framing and Frontloading Maker Activities

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and The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner. Some of the general themes and ideas for frontloading making activities include: The Use and Review of Essential Questions – explicitly discussed prior to the maker activities: What are the attributes of having a maker mindset?

Making is in Our DNA

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With all the hoopla in regards to maker education and makerspaces I wanted to take a minute to share that this is not a new concept. Now we have 3D printers, Arduino’s, Raspberry Pi’s, Little Bits, Makey-Makey’s and an array of other innovative technologies to unleash the maker in all kids.

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

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For example, we use in my 8th-grade science class Book Creator for students to develop everything from science lab reports to personal studies that they do — like individual investigations — and even just topic research.

5 Ways to Bring Sustainable Food Understanding into Your School

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Julie: For example, my students took a picture of an apple orchard, and it was their kids picking apples in an apple orchard. So, for example, here in Maine, we have one that provides free summer training to teachers about how to better integrate food production into their classroom.

9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

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Second, I’ll give you an example from my classroom happening right now. Maker Movement. Many schools are creating maker spaces or “ Fab Labs ” so students have a space and place to invent. See Micki Uppena or Chad Lehman as examples.)

Design Challenge

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Some example learner work follows: Hoverchair 1.0. This set does cost some money but there are other free options: Maker Education Card Game that I created. Maker Education Card Game. Each maker picks a card from each of the three categories: The Thing or Process.

Holistic Learning: Where Students Work Problems That Matter

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For example, we start off planning to make apps, but I guide them through the process of creating ideas for their app first. Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Social Emotional Learning Society and Ethics Students Teachers

7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects)

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For example, in this app project that I’m working on now, I had one group of kids that was going to make a Dog Dictionary, about all of the different types of dogs that were out there and that sort of thing. For example, I have a boy who came and said, “Ms.

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

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Vicki: Now you’ve authored the Google Cardboard book, so I’m assuming this is one of many examples. Episode 127 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

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Example of Tip #1 Use Minecraft to Scaffold Story Writing. Innovation Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning STEM Teachers Tech Tips Writing

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

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Vicki: Give us some examples. Doug Green on episode 284 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Different Schools for a Different World

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We know, for example, say we did portfolios. 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. I think we’re starting to make some movements in this direction.

Brent Johnson: My student’s views on learning and teaching

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Vicki: Brent is a great example to all you listeners of someone who really has taken the most out of my class. Brent Johnson on episode 193 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Middle School STEAM: 5 Ways to Amp it Up!

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Do you have any examples for us of something you’ve done at your school? For example, who would be the best project manager? So, for example, in third grade, we used different emoticons and asked students to name the emotion that’s portrayed by the emoji.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

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Vicki: Steve, you’ve given us one example of a seventh grade girl. Do you have an example for us where the light bulb went on? Steve Floyd on episode 249 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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

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For example, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lesson Plans Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Teachers Technology Tools Web Tools Writing

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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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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.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

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With high-energy examples and tips, improve STEAM at your school. It is a good example of what Aaron is talking about. Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.