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HCS Learning Commons newsletter is a dynamic hub, made up of our blended virtual and physical learning commons.  Exciting things happen around literacy, technology, social media, homeschooling and classroom pedagogy.
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Design a moon rover - Adventures in Mommydom

Design a moon rover - Adventures in Mommydom | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Kids get a chance to problem solve as they design a moon rover and test their moon rovers for ability to survive dangerous areas.
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Design a moon rover from Lego.  How cool is this Stem activity!

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Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions

Real-World Problem Solving: Project-Based Solutions | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
By using real-world problems as projects for children to solve, Crellin Elementary empowers, engages, and excites students about what they can learn and how they can use that knowledge.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Hacking into your own community is the best way to do project based learning.

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Maite Encina Cusi's curator insight, November 12, 2015 2:13 PM

We can make them entrepreneurs...

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'The maker mind: Jen Ryan at TEDxDirigo Generate' on ViewPure

'The maker mind: Jen Ryan at TEDxDirigo Generate' on ViewPure | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Jennifer Oxman Ryan is a Researcher and Project Manager at Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her current research project, Agency by Design, focuses on the thinking and learning engaged during making and design experiences. She is particularly interested in exploring how educators, schools, and organizations can optimize maker experiences and how these experiences can cultivate maker empowered youth. Jennifer has degrees from Mount Holyoke College
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Great TED talk on the philosophy and thinking behind MakerEd by Jen Ryan.  Parts, problems and complexities.  Love it!

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Deconstructing the Learning Commons at Home.: Inspiring the next generation!

Deconstructing the Learning Commons at Home.: Inspiring the next generation! | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies shares on inspiring and engaging the next generation via the learning commons.

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3D Printing Will Transform Education

3D Printing Will Transform Education | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
3D Printer Inventor and Co-Founder Bre Pettis. Image Courtesy of MakerBot Industries. Never mind the computer on every desktop, that’s a given.
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Our Mini Makerbot has arrived in our learning commons.  New and exciting learning awaits!!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 15, 2014 6:11 PM

Our Makerbot 3D printer has just arrived in the learning commons.  We are very excited about seeing teachers take this to the next level in educational applications for the 21st century..  

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A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula.

Via John Evans, WebTeachers
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

This looks interesting. Students can learn using this coding course, step by step.

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msayrach's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:33 AM

Una gran eina per ensenyar als alumnes codificació. També executable al navegador de l'ipad

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Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps

Create a school makerspace in 3 simple steps | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Makerspaces can be elaborate learning spaces equipped with sophisticated tools and supplies, but they don’t have to be.
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How to create a #makerspace #makered in your learning commons.  ISTE

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Welcome to Manufacture Your Future

Welcome to Manufacture Your Future | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

Incorporate real-life manufacturing examples into everyday learning with these interactive, standards-based STEM lesson plans and videos. Resources provide hands-on learning for 6th-12th grade teachers and students, as well as the key skills necessary to design a future career in manufacturing.

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Discovery Ed launches a #makered site to match teachers and students to project based learning lesson plans and career information.  

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Maker Ed Lessons by Resource

Maker Ed Lessons by Resource | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Makey Makey Lessons Game Controller Challenge and blog post about MakeyMakey Challenge Simple Circuits Challenge - Science Lesson Interactive Room Challenge - Design Challenge Spanish Lesson w Scratch Game - Dual Language Lesson Musical Water - Music/Choir/Band Lesson English Language Arts Logic Puzzles- ELA Lesson Candid Camera GIF Story- ELA Lesson Distance Rate and Time Lesson - Math and Physics Interactive Word Problem Posters-…
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Christmas Gifts Ideas That Kids Can Make - Red Ted Art's Blog

Christmas Gifts Ideas That Kids Can Make - Red Ted Art's Blog | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
If you are looking for Christmas Gift Ideas that kids can make, look no further. In fact, these gift ideas are great crafts for all year round – be it Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just a special birthday. I am a great believer in that kids should be making as many as their gifts …
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Great ideas for your students to get making their Christmas gifts this year.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 7, 2015 6:59 PM

Maker activities at Christmas.

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Is "Maker" Education Ready to Go 1-to-1?

Is "Maker" Education Ready to Go 1-to-1? | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
An all-girls private school in New York City and a Texas district are among the first to provide littleBits' programmable electronics kits to all students or libraries.
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Get ready for LittleBits and Pocketlabs to be launched this year at #hcslearns after Christmas in the lower mainland!  yay!

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Gravity Launch Reviews | edshelf

Gravity Launch Reviews | edshelf | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Welcome to Gravity Launch, where you will pilot a rocket in a series of challenging missions to dock with space stations. Adjust your launch point to send your spaceship out in the right direction and your thrust to give your craft more (or less) oomph. But remember! Earth and the moon both have gravity that …
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Learn about gravity and space with this cool app!

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3Doodler

3Doodler | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Buy 3Doodler now at makershed.com, brought to you by MAKE Magazine. Shop our selection of microcontrollers, 3D printers, robotics hardware, crafts projects, and kits for makers and DIY enthusiasts of all ages.

Via Natalie Sing
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#toocoolforschool!  Artists will enjoy this one.  

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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 | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | 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.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

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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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!

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Summer Reading for Maker Kids

Summer Reading for Maker Kids | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it

I was reminded recently of The Swiss Family Robinson (free), a book which I never read, but whose treehouse at Disneyland I loved--all those pulleys and bridges and funny little rooms. It got me to thinking about summer reading and what I would recommend to young makers who’d like to take a break from making, curl up under a tree or teepee to read about characters like them.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:

Reading about being creative, and going on a journey is always conducive to #makered.  Encourage your students to read some of these great classics over the summer!  Who knows where this might lead?  Thanks for sharing Natalie!

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Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions

Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions | HCS Learning Commons Newsletter | Scoop.it
Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.

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Fun site for your students to learn how to do and make new things!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 11, 2014 1:29 PM

This site was shared by my friend @dramaticscience in regards to creating new learning pathways and #makered ideas.  Now how to incorporate this into our learning commons Ning as a starting place for passions?