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Programmable Toys for the iPad

Tickle, a dialect of Scratch for the iPad created by Taiwanese computer science professor Mike Chen, has a very special secret sauce. While Tickle allows users to create animations, games, and stories in a Scratch-like fashion (with an orca replacing the cat),

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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

Teacher Maker Camp Cookbook – free download

In 2014 and again in 2015, Gary and I visited the Waag Society Fab Lab in Amsterdam to talk to teachers about making and makerspaces. The Netherlands has been a hotbed of maker activity and it’s been great fun to

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Making for the littles

We 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 LittleBits – A growing

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Part/Whole Turtle Art Activity

I like to create curricular materials based on experience with a group of kids, not before. Recent work with 3rd graders and Turtle Art suggested that many kids were having trouble with part-whole relationships and procedurality. I asked kids to

littleBits Quick Start Guides

littleBits are ingenious snap-together magnetic elements used to create whimsical machines and prototype complex electronic circuits. It’s impossible to short-circuit the littleBits or create a syntax error in your physical “program” since they only snap together the “correct” way. Kids from

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New tools for making, learning, and fun!

Making in education is a current “hot topic” for schools looking to offer students creative, authentic learning experiences. The tools of the maker movement are accelerating into schools at a rapid pace. New coding apps for the iPad, useful plugins that

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If You had a $50K Budget for Making….

I’ve been asked to specify how I would spend $50,000 to start an elementary school along the path to learning-by-making. The suggestions are based on my experience working in schools. The three game-changers of fabrication, physical computing, and computer programming

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