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Seymour Papert – Father of the Maker Movement

Dr. Gary Stager was invited to write a profile of his friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Seymour Papert for the premiere issue of Hello World!, an impressive new magazine for educators from The Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Unconventional Wisdom About the Maker Movement

Dr. Gary Stager wrote a feature story for District Administration Magazine’s special report on “makerspaces.” The report is available in eBook format for tablet and desktop computers.

“It’s not a fad, you don’t needto break the bank, and your teachers are really creative.”

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Unleash the robots! Hummingbird Robotics Kit has a new iPad app

One of the favorite technologies we use in our professional development workshops and Constructing Modern Knowledge is the Hummingbird Robot Kit. It’s designed with the learner in mind, robust, and gives wings to the maker’s imagination.The Hummingbird kit contains everything you need to built super-cool robots,

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Reggio-Inspired Toronto Workshop – October 28

Once-in-a-lifetime workshop in Toronto – October 28th!
Classroom Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in a Reggio Emilia Context – The Language of Technology

This is a unique one-time only workshop combining a hands-on Invent To Learn workshop with a visit to the extraordinary Wonder of Learning Exhibition from Reggio Emilia,

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Invent To Learn Workshop – Ft. Worth, Texas (November 4)

For the first time ever, The Invent To Learn full-day workshop is coming to the
Dallas/Fort Worth area!

Join colleagues for a day of hard fun and problem solving — where computing meets tinkering and design. The workshop begins with the case for project-based learning,

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Making in Schools – a series of posts about getting started with making in education

Check out this six-part blog post called Making in Schools by Aaron Vanderwerff and Robbie Tourney. Aaron and Robbie are both teachers at the Lighthouse Community Charter School, a K-12 public school in Oakland, California and are part of the Lighthouse Creativity Lab team.

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Tips for Architects from Maker Educators

Dr. Gary Stager created a new guide, Tips for Architects from Maker Educators, for an upcoming panel discussion at the Association for Learning Environments 2016 Regional Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

In addition to the light, acoustic, aesthetic, and comfort considerations central to good space design,

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Launch of a major maker education initiative in Netherlands

A new website and initiative has just launched in the Netherlands at makereducation.nl.

It is in Dutch, but I got the scoop from Karien Vermeulen of the Waag Society in Amsterdam. The initiative is set up to:

  • Offer schools the opportunity to apply for a voucher that covers the costs of a maker education activity in cooperation with a makerspace
  • Start a maker education learning community for pioneer teachers
  • Do some research on maker education and creativity
  • Collect and share good projects
  • Share events,

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Making for the littles

TMI robotWe often receive questions about making with young learners. Many of the tools and technology of the maker movement seem to be for middle and high school students. What is there for our youngest makers?

Plenty!

Recommended technology

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LED jewelry (and a fan letter)

This came in the mail the other day. It’s humbling to be told that your work influences others, especially when people do things that are so amazing! Barbara agreed to share this with our audience.
We are truly the lucky ones…

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Sylvia and Gary,

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