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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"... That made it especially exciting to hear that Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future.

 

The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations." from source: http://gigaom.com/

#library #libraries #MakerSpace #tinkering #digitaldivide #innovation

ghbrett's insight:

This is another example of a growing movement in the re-inventing of Libraries in a Digital World. Some traditional people still think of books, reference support, children's hour readings. Whereas other public libraries have experimented with different services such as cafe areas, study carrels with glass walls for tutoring, checking out garden tools, and of course now the ability to check out Digital Media (e.g., eBooks, eMagazines, and music). So, this role in supporting public access to the tools of the Maker Movement early on is a critical activity. In my opinion this is critical to an early solution to the problem of the Digital Divide that kept people who didn't have understanding of or access to computing and networks from accessing internet resources. 

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IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators

IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"To incite important educational initiatives and innovations that benefit learners and their communities around the world. We want to provide a powerful and intuitive platform where educators can:
> Fund worthwhile projects
> Find, share, and replicate effective practices
> Collaborate and inspire one another

 

We aim to do this by simplifying the process of contributing to excellent projects worldwide for all who share the goal of bettering education."

 

from source:  - http://incited.org/

ghbrett's insight:

It's great to see a crowdfunding (crowdsource funding) site for Education! Have a look and see if your education or training activities might benefit from such funding or at least the exposure to this community online.

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Inside Outside - sustainable printmaking project LCC | process.arts

"Inside Outside Sustainable Printmaking

 

An exploration of sustainable printmaking, away from the normal studio environment.

 

3 workshops, 3 locations, 3 processes. A challenge to revisit the whole process of printmaking, considering parameters such as sustainability, environment, resources and waste. An experience outside the comfort of the studio to let the natural elements changing staff and students' way of thinking.


(see: http://insideoutsideprintmaking.blogspot.co.uk )"


-- from source: http://process.arts.ac.uk/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a wonderful short film about "3 workshops, 3 locations, 3 processes." in about 3:45 minutes. It reminds me of the joy, frustration, and satisfaction of working with students in the "out of doors." What seem to be barriers are overcome in small and in large steeps. Collaboration becomes a necessity making the end product, Art, something shared. We need more sharing. Consider taking the metaphor from this film and apply it to other disciplines. Open Your mind, open your Students minds, and open the minds of the World.

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+ The Maker Movement and STEM Education

"Margaret Honey and Eric Siegel feel that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning.

 

...Makers delight in tinkering, hacking, creating and re-using materials and technology. They have organized themselves into thriving communities, we read, in which they create objects that they are passionate about." from source: http://dyslexia.wordpress.com/

 

ghbrett's insight:

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:00 PM

The Maker Movement has created passion in students and others. Students involved with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only making, but have discovered the delights of tinkering as they learn about topics in this area. This reviewer (not a teacher) believes that children and young adults have the most creative potential when they have been told "that's impossible."  Or just the opposite, if told "that's impossible," they go ahead and prove the nay sayers wrong. So start Tinkering and Making new things.

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The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."


Via Howard Rheingold
ghbrett's insight:

Robert Horn in his books, "Hypertext" 1989, and "Visual Language" 1998 also advocated the notion of "Chunking" information into segments that a reader / viewer could grasp effectively without being overwhelmed. This looks to be an interesting read. Thanks, Howard!

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luiy's comment, January 30, 2013 11:49 AM
What makes the difference, Bor argues, is a concept called chunking, which allows us to hack the limits of our working memory — a kind of cognitive compression mechanism wherein we parse information into chunks that are more memorable and easier to process than the seemingly random bits of which they’re composed.
wayne_b's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:58 AM

It is the process of combining various pieces of information to create something new and more meaningful - that is our learning process. As we combine information from one person or site, and add the thoughts of someone else, that we generate new ideas or expressions of those combined thoughts.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:27 AM

Tech fuels chunking info and curation.

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Innovations in Education - Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation

Innovations in Education - Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

My continued thoughts on the benefits of content curation for students.


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Zhang Meilan's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:08 AM

教育创新——通过内容策展发展未来工作技能。

作者 Nancy,以概念图的形式,展示了内容策展能够培养的9种能力,包括

好奇心、媒体素养、跨学科建立联系、信息素养、评价和理解各种观点、综合和评价信息以及较强的自我指导等能力。
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Brightworks: An Extraordinary School

"Brightworks is a school that reimagines education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning, we strive to meet students’ needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship." 

-- from source: http://sfbrightworks.org

ghbrett's insight:

This site is a wonderful resource. Brightworks is a great innovative school found by Gever Tulley, Education Architect. You can read more about him on the Brightworks staff page.

 

Be sure to also have a look at the Brightworks Arc pages for more detail about the structure employed "... At Brightworks, students explore ideas and pursue their interests through a structure we call an arc. Each arc takes as its premise a central theme, to be explored from multiple perspectives. Students interact with this theme in three different phases: exploration, expression, and exposition." http://sfbrightworks.org/the-brightworks-arc/

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Intro to Nemetics - The Infintely Dynamic Play

"The purpose of using Nemes and Nemetics is coming to grips with ‘emergences’, which I believe is well within the reach of almost everyone on the earth. It helps us better understand events in our lives to take actions that change our future to a more ‘desirable’ one.

 

Let us start by understanding NEME. It is an acronym that stands for:

>> N = Notice

>> E = Engage

>> M = Mull

>> E = Exchange"

 

from source: - http://rmcpl.wordpress.com/

ghbrett's insight:

The author goes on to describe the processes and provides some examples as well as a SWF video. It is a long post, but take the time to read it all.

 

As I interpret the notion of #NEMETICS I see it related to a couple things as identifying processes for activities listed near the end of the article. Also, there are mentions of iteration and growth. I reminds me of Jeff Conklin's work ( http://www.cognexus.org/cognexus_institute.htm ) on Dialog Mapping using Compendium ( http://projects.kmi.open.ac.uk/compendium/ ) based on Issue Based Information Systems ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issue-Based_Information_System ).

 

My visual would be a 2x2 matrix with N, E, M, E in each of the four squares. There would be a spiral that begins in the lower left of N and then move through the other three squares. Instead of just continuing as one line, there could be multiple branches that continue (iterate) or due to the Exchange would point to other 2x2 matrices of a similar nature.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"I have been doing a lot of apps review here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but I have never posted about the tools you as teachers and educators can use to create your own apps. Just lower your eyebrows down, you can do it without any coding knowledge. Of course Android and Apple do provide tech savyy guys with the tools necessary to create their own apps but for us who know nothing about SDK and app development skills, platforms like the ones below will serve the purpose. You can create your app in less than a minute and the process is completely free." - from the Source: 

ghbrett's insight:

This article introduces teachers to three applications that will permit them and their students to innovate and tinker with programming to create their own applications. There are well known people who say that programming should be a part of every educational curriculum. Well, here's a second step.  I think Logo and Mindstorms rank among the first that have been used in schools for a long time.

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SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption

SocialFish | MUST READ: Clay Shirky on Disruption | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Now, this imminent disruption to higher education that Shirky goes on to describe is not a new topic, at least not in social media circles where we love to discuss the disruption of anything and everything (and, in fact, wrote a book about it).  But the higher education issue is one that I am concerned that not enough associations are thinking about (that I can see).  Associations, most of them anyway, are in the business of professional development for the people in their industries.  Are you positioning yourself to be part of the new world of social learning when it starts to happen overnight?  What happens to the millions of new college graduates in a couple of years who are used to learning online? Will they find the educational resources they need from your association website?  Will it be easy to navigate?  Will they be able to share educational courses, or videos, or quizzes, or anything else with their peers on a topic-by-topic basis?  Will they be able to include their peers, including some who may not specifically be signed up to your webinars, in their learning?  Will they find it easy to conduct online discussions around your educational content with people across the globe and in different time zones?  Will they be able to dip in and out however they please?  Will they be able to get the CE/CME/CPE/CEU and every other continuing education credit they might need in the ways that they need them?" from the source: http://www.socialfish.org/

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ghbrett's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:47 PM

For the past decade or more Higher Education, among other industries, has lived in a climate of paradox. This reviewer was on the "Academic Computing" side of the fence where the innovators and free range chickens were exploring new technologies (aka "shiny new toy"), but at the same time making contributions to the corpus of knowledge that the Academy demands. On the other side of the fence were the "Administrative Computing" folk. They represented the business aspects of education. Their reputation was much like a secret society that kept everything locked up and hidden from the world. Since then there have been different attempts to blend libraries with academic computing, administrative computing, and oh yes, telephones and television on campus. Pardon the long prelude, but this article is a refreshing lead into a post from Clay Shirkey on the "imminent disruption to higher education" in general from social media, open everything, ubiquitous computing. And believe it or not, the new digital generation does know where the OFF SWITCH is. The problem is that many of the older generation don't know where the ON SWITCH in.

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6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic

6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Google has jumped feet-first into the world of education and we’re all going to benefit. They’re currently wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing the current trends and tips we should all know about.

 

From professional development to using YouTube in the classroom, there’s a hangout for everyone. Since I love education technology (and hope you do too), I figured it would be helpful to raise awareness of some recent Google+ Hangouts all about edtech.

 

Want more videos? Click here to view the full listing of past recordings by Google... at:'Google Education on Air' -- https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/conference-sessions ."

-- from the source: http://edudemic.com/

ghbrett's insight:

Google+ has been somewhat confusing to me and others. I am beginning to learn some of the ins and outs. One function that has proven invaluable to our family is Hangouts where up to 10 people can video conference. Here is an article that explains in detail 6 Education focused Hangouts for people interested or involved in Education. The author also points to another page with recorded hangout sessions that deal with Education and Google Apps for Education. All in all this looks to be a great resource for the Education community.

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