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. While exciting, that trend has begat a number of questions and tensions, many of which are just now beginning to be explored by researchers. What Exactly Is the Maker Movement?

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries


The answer, in part, lies in the so-called maker movement, a trend studded by hobbyists, inventors, students and even entrepreneurs who creates products or gadgets for educational or industrial purposes. In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S. Assemble a team of three to five decision-makers from different positions on campus to go in on purchasing together and develop plans to increase returns on investment.

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Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem


The goal wasn’t to count the number of 3D printers or robotics clubs, but rather to take a more “ethnographic” view of the phenomena, says Youngmoo Kim, the director of Drexel’s ExCITe Center and an author of the study. Maker Mindset While makerspaces are often thought of as a monolithic concept, the authors actually found several distinct types, including artisanal and tech-focused spaces. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Learning by Making: Agency by Design and the Rise of Maker-Centered Education

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The maker movement — think of it as “smart DIY,” a high- and low-tech approach to tinkering that turns users into inventors — is spurring excitement about the power of ingenuity in fields as disparate as robotics and design and agriculture.

4 exciting trends that will define the 2018 education industry

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Considering how robots could replace 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. Let’s examine four key trends that are expected to shape the education industry this coming year: 1. Maker spaces will gain popularity in K-12 schools in the U.S. This trend is already being experienced globally.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

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Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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Maker Movement. Robotics in the classroom. Featured Technology Trends #edtech disruption innovation learning innovation30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. by Terry Heick.

CA's Maker Initiative Spurs Innovation and Workforce Development Across 35 Community Colleges


California Community College Chancellor’s Office is making a statement with its recent three-year, $17 million dollar investment in a statewide network of 35 maker-focused colleges. The California Community College (CCC) Maker Initiative will support nearly one third of the state system’s colleges—and their entrepreneurial students, innovative faculty, and unique makerspaces. Four Makers and Their Innovations. CCC's Maker Initiative Model. Maker Media.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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For the past decade, I've churned out a multi-part series on the dominant trends and narratives. Even if these publications fade away , the breathless stories about the possibilities of brainwave-reading mindfulness headbands and " mind-reading robot tutors in the sky " continue to be told. It’s not that these things are necessarily trends; it’s that certain folks very much hope they will be.

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


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.” Their definition of art is broad encompassing everything from dance to robotics, theater, 3D printing and software development.

In the marketplace: Online makerspaces and innovative college prep

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

#FETC 2015 Recap

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The maker movement is growing I can''t tell you how many sessions there were on 3D Printing, makerspaces, tinkering, hacking, etc. The vendor hall was filled with products and companies supporting and connected with the maker movement. Do you agree with these trends?

Makerspaces: On Scanning the Road & Gently Easing the Brakes


At conferences, librarians share with me that their administrators insist they devote significant library real estate to 3D printing and a variety of other maker equipment. The action in our huge open technology wing engaged kids in robotics and coding and CAD and now, 3D printing.

Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning

My mother was and is a “maker” and more than likely, so are you. Being a “Maker” Isn’t New or Necessarily Tech. If my nephew’s school had a makerspace and it was only filled with coding programs and app-coded robots, this would not serve him.

MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play


To Mitchel Resnick, an MIT Media Lab professor and early pioneer of the maker movement for kids, this Hollywood’s portrayal is problematic, and part of a larger trend toward overly regimenting education these days. “I The great philosopher and educator John Dewey who sort of created the progressive education movement, he talked about his ideas being simple, but not easy. If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may remember the neighbor kid, Sid.

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Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access


The Maker Movement has helped spur renewed interest in hands-on learning and the value of spaces where children can explore their own ideas, be creative, and tinker. She says the rise of maker education activities have coincided with calls for more student-directed learning.

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