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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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Logo Test by A. Martino

This is a test of the robot basic movement made by A. Martino at the factory where the Arduino Robot will be manufactured.

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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.


... Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia." from source: http://scratch.mit.edu/

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ghbrett's curator insight, March 8, 2013 11:01 AM

MIT has a tradition of developing introductory programming tools for K-12 and older learners. Scratch is the latest one that I just learned about. At first glance it reminds me some what of Yahoo! Pipes. It's a visually oriented, scripted language. I'll need to play/work with it some to make a better assessment of it as a tool. While the site says this is aimed at teaching students about programing and computational science, I'd say it also is a tool for introducing student to digital animation and new media. 

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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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Teach the Web

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"Teach the Web has something for everyone who wants to get more closely involved with the Making and Learning Movements. #teachtheweb seeks to create an online space to connect, explore and make – and then transfer that energy into real life learning spaces.

 

In this 9-week course you’ll work with others on projects that hone your web teaching skills. Posts on the Topics and Tasks will be published weekly and experienced Webmaker Super Mentors are ready to give tips on tech and facilitation support. #teachtheweb"

 

from source: http://hivenyc.org/teachtheweb/

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This looks to be a very interesting and useful making activity. #teachtheweb already has introduced me to new tools for producing and publishing content and media for web resources that can be used for education and other areas.

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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 1:00 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.