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3 Key Factors for Creating a "Maker Culture" at Your School -- School Planning & Management

3 Key Factors for Creating a "Maker Culture" at Your School -- School Planning & Management | Educate Now | Scoop.it
As the way we learn and work has evolved, teaching styles, curriculum and classroom spaces must change as well. Our students need to think “like innovators” in order to solve increasingly complex, global and multi-disciplinary problems. These problems require skills like flexible thinking, resilience and curiosity — skills that are not nurtured in today’s traditional educational models. As architects, we know that design can profoundly affect and enhance teaching and learning. School design must not only accommodate 21st century learning methods, but also reinforce the skills students will need for an evolving society. Thoughtful, creative and flexible design of these spaces is critical in realizing the learning goals.

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NOTRE DAME SCHOOL's curator insight, October 20, 2015 10:02 AM

Interesting!

Norton Gusky's curator insight, October 20, 2015 11:34 AM

Good advice based on existing Maker Spaces at schools. 

Jamie Dammann's curator insight, October 25, 2015 9:58 PM

Student Choice

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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer | Educate Now | Scoop.it
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 26, 2015 3:18 AM

Great project ideas!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 15, 2015 3:39 PM

Tons of #STEM #Resources for all grades.  #Classroom #STEAM

Jessica Cox's curator insight, September 20, 2015 4:22 PM

Website: MakerSpace

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Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians

Colorado Administrator Forges New Path for School Librarians | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ When budget cuts forced her district to cut back on librarians' schedules, Julie A. Bowline re-deployed her librarians as digital literacy teachers.”
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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Educate Now | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 23, 2014 12:07 PM

Important elements associated with digital literacy, especially the last one. Doug Belshaw's criteria from his TED Talk include:

Cultural – Look at the context in which the literacy is situatedCognitive – How do we think when we are using a device (vs when we are not)?Constructive – We should aim to use technology in a constructive (vs a passive) wayCommunicative – We should be using technology to enhance our communicationsConfident – You need to be confident to jump in feet first and explore/use/master/learn technologyCreative – Using technology in the classroom requires some creativity and risk taking – don’t stick to the basics when you can test out a new idea or use for technologyCritical – You need the ability to look at the technologies you’re using (and what you’re using them for) with a critical eyeCivic- We should be using the technologies available to us for greater good (which can be widely defined)
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How to Analyze a Primary Source

How to Analyze a Primary Source | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ A primary source is a first-hand account of a time-period or event. It includes newspapers, letters, memoirs, music, court cases, records and anything else that took place at the time you are researching. Historians, students and...”
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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 24, 2014 6:09 PM

Good outline.  Written from a student's perspective.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 25, 2014 1:44 PM

Excellent tips on understanding how to analyze a primary source from Wiki-How.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, July 27, 2014 4:30 PM

Great list of steps to share with students and teachers.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 30, 2014 5:35 PM

I love these ideas!  Perfect learning commons skills!

 

What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

Have students ask questions and solve real-world problems. Questions should require students to: Analyze, Synthesize ,Create Empathize, Interpret.

Reference background  knowledge.

Defend alternative perspectives.

Determine what they know and don't know

Organize students into learning groups.

Make learning segments manageable through modeling and mastery.

Guide, facilitate, challenge, and support.

Let learning transform you.

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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED | Educate Now | Scoop.it

MakerspacA survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 3, 2014 12:43 PM

Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

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Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google | Educate Now | Scoop.it

The ubiquity and ease of Google searches could make kids' minds go soft without the ability to critique or contextualize the answers. Forbes article on the reason we need librarians.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 2, 2014 11:34 PM

Yes your school needs you!  The librarian is still the beating  heart of the academic year, and no search engine can replace!

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38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy - Curriculet

38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy  - Curriculet | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“Curriculet is free for teachers and students. Get started here. This is the 2nd post in a series on how... Read More”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 9, 2014 11:21 PM

Creating questions that meet the Blooms hierarchy.

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | Educate Now | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:33 PM
Google lesson plans for effective researching.
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A Principal's Reflections: Impact of a Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections: Impact of a Makerspace | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“RT @E_Sheninger: New post: Impact of a Makerspace http://t.co/HDRirBGfz3 #edchat #cpchat #edtech #njed #digilead”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:16 PM

Way to go Makerspace librarians!  You are changing education one day at a time:)

Don Wilson's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:22 PM

Great library media specialists have a unique skillset needed by learners and coaches in ULearn Academy.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 15, 2015 8:00 PM

More learning commons making the news!  A few years ago libraries were scared of being redundant.  Change makers via the learning commons we have survived the transition!  

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? | Educate Now | Scoop.it
While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 25, 2015 10:32 AM

Informal learning takes place on a daily basis when students are allowed to explore their potential with #MakerSpaces or design.

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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite

Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.”
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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 8, 2015 2:54 PM

#APP #Apps #CODE #MAKE #Education #Games

Daniel Lobo Ríos's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:01 AM

I'm going to check these Apps, I think it are interesting to work the mind. Thank you!

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | Educate Now | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library. A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn. When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money. I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 2014 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters

Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ Students live in an information saturated world. The most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 12, 2014 8:57 PM

Teaching our students good research skills is vital in our information overloaded world.  It is never too early or too late to start.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, May 13, 2014 2:06 AM

This is an excellent and much-needed concept. Students will not be subject to filtering forever and need to set their own limits. 

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 2, 2014 3:49 PM

Makerspaces in the learning commons.  #scienceliteracy, #projectbasedlearning, #tinkertoys

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What We Really Need To Learn To Be Successful In Life - Part I

What We Really Need To Learn To Be Successful In Life - Part I | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ If there were no schools and traditional academic curriculums, and one had the option to question and rethink a human being learning curriculum what would be in it? If we suspend momentarily the reasoning and goals that went into”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 28, 2014 12:22 PM

Critical thinking and cognitive skills needed for life!

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“ Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 25, 2014 1:19 AM

Teaching #searchingskills is in my top five too!  #learningcommons.  Then #discipleship.  Also #makered and  #curation.  Number four #peermentoring.

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Educational Leadership: Giving Students a Reaso...

Educational Leadership: Giving Students a Reaso... | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“I believe educators need to change how we reach struggling readers and learners.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 6, 2014 11:12 AM

Developing a strategy for literacy will empower your student and precent drop out!

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Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google | Educate Now | Scoop.it

The ubiquity and ease of Google searches could make kids' minds go soft without the ability to critique or contextualize the answers. Forbes article on the reason we need librarians.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 2, 2014 11:34 PM

Yes your school needs you!  The librarian is still the beating  heart of the academic year, and no search engine can replace!

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TinkerLab - Creative Experiments for Makers and Tinkerers

TinkerLab - Creative Experiments for Makers and Tinkerers | Educate Now | Scoop.it
Art Projects for Kids, Science Experiments, and all things Creativity.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 11, 2014 10:34 PM
#makered site on all things creative for kids of all ages.
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Literacy in the Digital Age

Literacy in the Digital Age | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“I have identified thirteen literacies that our students need to become well-rounded 21st-century citizens. These literacies are not taught as separate literacies but are taught across the content...”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:04 PM

Excellent ideas and teaching strategies, links to tools in this comprehensive page from well renowned researcher Kathy Shrock.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:06 PM

Excellent resource for your inquiry based learning archives!

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BEST Book Apps 2014

BEST Book Apps 2014 | Educate Now | Scoop.it
“Best Book Apps 2014, Teachers With Apps would like to share with you some of the BEST Book Apps of 2014 that we had the pleasure of reviewing.”
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 2, 2015 1:03 PM

Book apps for the wee ones!