Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. Her experience was very different from elementary school librarian Andy Plemmons, whose makerspace started with a 3-D printer obtained through a grant and blossomed into a core teaching resource at his school.
With an increased prevalence of 1:1 iPads in classrooms, schools, and districts across North America, teachers are fielding a common parental concern: What about screen time? Aren’t our children on screens enough?
View Live Cameras All Across the Planet (for free) Last year I had the good fortune to take a vacation in Ireland and Italy with my family (that’s a picture of the Forum in Rome above … it was seriously mind
James Paul Gee is living many a teenager’s dream. (Or mine, at least.) The Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University has been playing video games for four hours every day since 2003, solving puzzles and battling bosses in games such as Doom, Darksiders
Virtual Reality seems like it’s been slow to pick up, that might just be because most of us have a terrible ability to see the huge change a new technology will have on the world. It’s human nature to be a bedroom critic. When the Wright brothers conducted the first flight ever in 1903, the press and most of the public, reacted with a shrug of their shoulders. It would be 5 years until the public reacted to the fact that lowly earth-bound humans were now actually able to fly.
This resource contains a collection of educational technology websites divided into categories. I have successfully utilized all of these amazing websites with my classes to enhance learning. Links to lessons for how to use each of the websites are located at the bottom of each of the slides.
MIT has built a robot that works in sewers, where it sifts through human waste to find data. Called Luigi, this 'poopbot' sucks up waste and traps bacteria so researchers can study urban health patterns.
David W. Deeds's insight:
Now here's a job no one will resent robots taking! ;)
I started using Second Life six years ago, while studying for my Postgraduate Diploma in Education (specializing in e-Learning Pedagogy). Since then, I've explored many other Virtual Worlds/Grids, like Kitely, InWorldz, other public and private OpenSim grids, as well as Sim-on-a-Stick (SoaS), and even the very promising (now apparently very dead) virtual-world-on-a-browser Cloud Party. Recently, I had the opportunity to share my views on the potencial of Second Life and other VW for education/training with educators who have never used any of these platforms.
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