Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.
“I have no money.” “I’m just not super comfortable with technology.” “We don’t have devices at my school.” “I don’t have the space.” “I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.”
I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”
My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!
Looking through the catalogue of Make: books, I used to go like “Oh, that looks interesting, I want that … Huh, that book about Raspberry Pi would also be cool… Hey, making robots, I should order that and try it out…” Thanks to Humble Bundle, now I actually go through the books’ contents, reading up on all the fascinating project ideas.
The other day, I told you about the “Tinker Birthday Party“, where we built a small alarm system, inspired from Make: Fun, which I had purchased through Make:‘s first Humble Bundle from a few months ago. Now Make: is back with Humble Bundle, with another batch of great books.
Earlier this summer I shared a post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard (read it here). It’s been super popular and I wanted to share eight tips for teachers who are using Google Cardboard in school this year. On this list you’ll find a handful of things you may not know about Google Cardboard and a few ways to take your use of this super cool tool to the next level.
Brand new to using Google Cardboard in school? Google Cardboard is a special viewer that is used with a smartphone. Kids can look through the viewfinder and take part in virtual reality experiences. There are apps for iOS and Android devices making it great for BYOD (bring your own device) learning environments. You can use just one Google Cardboard in your classroom and have students take turns diving in a coral reef or peeking at the Great Wall of China.
These iOS and Web Apps are Visually Oriented and Kid-Friendly and Help to Build Critical Logic and Problem Solving Skills Computer coding is becoming an increasingly popular activity for today’s technology oriented kids. Even kids who do not plan to
Ahead of the official launch of our Resource Library‘s Professional Development category in fall 2016, we are excited to offer a preview of three professional development modules around maker education. Each module is centered around a video and contains prompts to consider and comment on in the Professional Development section of our online Google+ community and on Twitter with #makered and @MakerEdOrg.
In this project author will show you how he repurposed the useless buttons on my TV remote to control the LEDs behind his TV. You can also use this technique to control all sorts of things with a b…
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Our STEM Lab/Makerspace is a HUGE hit with our students. Since I oversee the lab and take the classes in I get bombarded by kids all day asking if it is their day to go to the STEM Lab. They are building, discovering, exploring, designing, problem solving, and having a blast doing it. However, as the kids continued to explore the STEM Lab we began to notice that they had moved past the exploration phase and wanted a bit more direction and challenge. We realized that we needed to up our game a bit to take our lab to the next level so we decided to gamify our STEM Lab with challenges and badges! It took some prep but once the challenge cards and badges were created we were ready to roll. We are happy to share our tips, tricks and resources so that you can gamify your STEM or STEAM Lab too.
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