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​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces?

​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces? | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it

"Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his presentation with a charge for all in attendance: “I hope that makerspaces don’t become an edtech fad that goes away as quickly as it has risen to popularity; I hope you all can figure out how to do it right.”


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"if makerspaces provide opportunities for students to understand and implement design thinking, service learning, and 21st century skills, those students are going to be more prepared for a future workforce that is going to require these very skills."

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Flashy or Foundational?

Flashy or Foundational? | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
“Teaching is not about us being brilliant; it is about students being brilliant.”  Tom Newkirk Recently, my good friend Tony Sinanis
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Stop Taking Grading Home

Stop Taking Grading Home | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
In January I wrote a blog post titled 'New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.' I'm here to update everyone. Since January, I have not brought a single stack of digital papers home to grade! It's been amazing!
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​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces?

​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces? | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it

"Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his presentation with a charge for all in attendance: “I hope that makerspaces don’t become an edtech fad that goes away as quickly as it has risen to popularity; I hope you all can figure out how to do it right.”


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"if makerspaces provide opportunities for students to understand and implement design thinking, service learning, and 21st century skills, those students are going to be more prepared for a future workforce that is going to require these very skills."

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10 ways to help students become “future ready”

10 ways to help students become “future ready” | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Our students' future is an uncertain one. Their workforce will look much different than ours. Here are ways we can help them to be prepared.

Via Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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"School doesn't prepare us for the future" - a common refrain in student surveys. Here's a post that addresses it.

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Why Feedback Should Come in the Middle, Not at the End - InformED

Why Feedback Should Come in the Middle, Not at the End - InformED | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Traditionally, we give and receive feedback at the end of projects, assignments, and units. But is this the best way to ensure progress? Researchers are saying it’s not, especially when it comes to encouraging creativity. For optimal academic achievement, teachers and students should consider placing feedback somewhere in the middle. In their study, “An Inductive... Read More
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I love #3 Make inquiries, not suggestions and #4 View work in terms of its potential

 
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Susan Pearson's curator insight, November 4, 2016 12:01 PM
Absolutely...why is there a need to even say this in 2016.
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Recalibrating to a New Normal: The Super Science Club at Rick Hansen School of Science and Business

Recalibrating to a New Normal: The Super Science Club at Rick Hansen School of Science and Business | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Most transformation programs satisfy themselves with shifting the same old furniture about in the same old room. But real transformation requires that we redesign the room itself. Perhaps even blow…
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Great things happening in SD34

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Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot

Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Cubetto is an adorable little wooden robot that is specifically designed for pre-literate children that teaches the basics of computer programming and STEM
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Coding made fun (funner?)

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Learning English in a public setting can be a daunting experience. Apps can help kids break past some of the hang-ups that come with learning something new in
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Easy Ways to Move Beyond Traditional Q & A in the Classroom

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Easy Ways to Move Beyond Traditional Q & A in the Classroom | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
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Podcast slightly over 10 minutes but well worth the listen in terms of putting practical techniques to use in the classroom

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My biggest fear as a teacher... - A.J. JULIANI

My biggest fear as a teacher... - A.J. JULIANI | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
It would happen every year. It seemed, without fail, that every August I’d have the same restless night of sleep. Tossing and turning, I’d often have to mo
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Is the school we're offering worth doing? Great post from A>J. Juliani

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The mysterious origins of punctuation

The mysterious origins of punctuation | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.
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Great historical look at punctuation - could be a great starter for an inquiry project around the rise of emoticons and emoji and the impact on communication? Lots of core competencies to explore/develop with this one.

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Motivating Millennials Takes More than Flexible Work Policies

Motivating Millennials Takes More than Flexible Work Policies | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Make the work itself more engaging.
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Why music education needs to incorporate more diversity

Why music education needs to incorporate more diversity | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
The majority of music education teachers in American schools are white, and education focuses on Western classical music. What impact does it have?
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Culturally responsive teaching that "moves beyond Western view of music that is focused on placement of Western classical music as the highest form of musical experience, or on methods of teaching that grew out of European music education practices."

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Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age

Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Using the first five days of school to teach learning skills that will be used throughout the course is a great way to start the new school year.
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Change Agents in a Culture of Inquiry

Change Agents in a Culture of Inquiry | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Rick Hansen Secondary School of Science and Business is now completing the second year of its redesign. Recognized by the Ministry of Education as a School of Innovation, the learning experience is…
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New Post about a whole school redesign - inquiry based learning that celebrates interdisciplinary learning and global connections

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New Year's Resolution: I'm Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom

New Year's Resolution: I'm Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
I don't typically make 'pie in the sky' New Year's resolutions, but This may sound like a crazy resolution given that most teachers spend hours of time outside of school assessing their students' work. However, there are three reasons I'd
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Great post re: blended learning classroom in action via the station rotation model 

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Learning Skills Are Put to the Test at Wachusett High School MakerSpace | Make:

Learning Skills Are Put to the Test at Wachusett High School MakerSpace | Make: | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
"In Wachusett MakerSpace, your learning skills are put to the test. You are taught to truly think independently."
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Makerspaces: moving the discussion from why to how. Are you doing school that's worth doing? 

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Are we making space for imagination? | John Spencer

Are we making space for imagination? | John Spencer | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
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Seven ways to put imagination back in schools

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.
Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Addressing core competencies by being throughful around designing learning spaces

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 4, 2016 2:58 PM
I find it very interesting that this conversation about design in the classroom REALLY started as a conversation about design in the media center! For years, we've been talking about creating learning zones, small group and large group areas, quiet spaces and collaborative spaces - all designed to make the media center a warm, inviting, energizing environment in which to access and create knowledge. I love that we are also thinking about how to make this work in classrooms and I think middle and high school teachers could take a page out of the elementary classroom teachers' book!
Susan Pearson's curator insight, November 4, 2016 12:02 PM
The problem with this is funding.  We keep asking and asking and never get any money from the Furniture and Equipment budget,nor from PAC.  Anyone have any suggestions!
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The inconvenient truth about personalized learning | Christensen Institute

The inconvenient truth about personalized learning | Christensen Institute | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
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the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances? 

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Japanese Lego Master Builds Delicious-Looking Creations From Blocks

Japanese Lego Master Builds Delicious-Looking Creations From Blocks | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so hungry looking at Lego blocks! A Japanese Lego creator who goes by the nickname Tary has sculpted one of the most delicious-looking collections of food made entirely from Lego blocks. From fruit and vegetables to bento boxes, junk food and even deserts, Tary has a
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Seeing as my last retweet re: LEGO for Math was a big hit, how about this one in your classrooms? Great idea for Art class at any level.

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Career Exploration Project

Career Exploration Project | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Kids are repeatedly asked this question by adults. In kindergarten, my son’s class was asked to draw a picture of what they wanted to be…
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Ready to go and easily implemented in your classroom - great one to clip to Evernote

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Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
As if LEGOs weren't enough of an awesome childhood toy, one teacher has found another awesome educational/developmental use for this super-toy – as a math education aid!
Via Mary Martínez, Marga Roig, Suvi Salo
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The more things change...

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An Ethical Island

An Ethical Island | Innovation in Education | Scoop.it
How to Teach Without a Lecture and other fun
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Inquiry and student engagement? Great site with tons of resources and ideas (a must for your feedly)

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Gazette » Gravitational Waves Discovery, Einstein – Teaching Resources

Einstein’s gravitational waves found at last http://www.nature.com/news/einstein-s-gravitational-waves-found-at-last-1.19361 Gravitational waves, Einstein’s ripples in spacetime, spotted for first time http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/gravitational-waves-einstein-s-ripples-spacetime-spotted-first-time...

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