Category: professional learning

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

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

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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

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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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

Open letter to EdCamps

Since writing Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, we’ve been asked to donate books to many EdCamps as gifts to teacher participants. We’ve gladly done so. We recently received a request for an upcoming EdCamp, but

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Western New York workshop opportunity!

Join Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez for three days of project based learning and critical thinking in a makerspace environment Register here ALL participants will receive a copy of “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom” to support their learning and ability 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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ISTE 2015: Ready for Making?

ISTE 2015 will be June 27-July 1 in Philadelphia, PA. This is an annual “big event” for technology loving educators, with upwards of 15,000 attendees and a huge vendor floor for new edu-gizmos and gadgets. Two years ago, the word “maker” was

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The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun

The Invent To Learn Guide to Fun features an assortment of insanely clever classroom-tested “maker” projects learners of all ages. Pioneer maker-educator Josh Burker kicks classroom learning-by-making up a notch with step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, open-ended challenges, and sample code.

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