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Building a Makerspace Library | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

Building a Makerspace Library | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been a Maker in one form or another for a long time, way before that word was even common.  I learned how to sew from my mom in high school, I learned how to knit and crochet from my best friend in college, and I frequently dabbled in other crafty enterprises as well.  While I would tend to learn the initial skill in person, my favorite place for improving my skills was the public library.  I think there was a period where I had checked out just about every book under 746.63 (knitting) and 646 (sewing).
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Join Our Video Project: #ShowUsYourMakerSpace - EdWeek.org

Join Our Video Project: #ShowUsYourMakerSpace - EdWeek.org | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"“Maker spaces”—facilities designed to encourage hands-on activity and experimentation—have become an increasingly exciting part of many schools’ digital-learning and career-tech offerings. With their focus on inventiveness and collaboration, they also offer new ways of looking at classroom or learning-space design.


To showcase the composition and variety of these facilities, Education Week is asking educators to post short videos of their schools’ maker spaces to YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram over the next month, using the hashtag #ShowUsYourMakerSpace. (Photos are OK, too.)"

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Clean Minecraft Videos

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"Not all Minecraft videos are created equal.


Approximately 90% of the top-rated Minecraft videos found on YouTube and other popular video streaming sites contain inappropriate content not suitable for children.


Clean Minecraft Videos offers more than 200 videos from the YouTubers kids know and love that are free of all inappropriate content."

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Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing

Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A tortoise in Brazil just received a unique gift: a 3D printed shell. The tortoise, named Fred, was found with 85% of its shell burnt in a forest fire.

The group who came to Fred’s rescue, called the “Animal Avengers,”  is a volunteer animal group consisting of a 3D designer, four veterinarians, and a dental surgeon. They had to virtually reconstruct all of the creature’s shell, due to the extensive damage.
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For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable

For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
BROOKLYN, New York – I’m sitting on the floor at The Academy of Talented Scholars (PS 682) in Bensonhurst, watching kindergarteners create robots on an iPad.

It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I don’t even like children.

The exercise is part of the curriculum led by co-teachers Stacy Butsikares and Allison Bookbinder, focused on helping the 5- and 6-year-old students come up with ways to solve problems.

The first step is to identify a problem happening in the school. The kindergarteners come up with ideas like kids horsing around in the lunch line, or not throwing trash away properly, or making too much noise at recess. Students are instructed to create a robot that could solve the problem, and draw the robot on a piece of paper.

Once the robot is sketched out, the real fun begins. Using the app The Robot Factory, these pint-sized problem-solvers bring their robot ideas to life.
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9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech 

9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 


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If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

Heraclio Muñoz Cruz's curator insight, May 26, 9:10 AM
9 mejores kits de circuitos electrónicos
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5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

Today, our library makerspace has developed into a 21st century learning laboratory, with funding from grants and through the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our DonorsChoose projects. But it wasn’t always this way.
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Let's make it in TK.
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Interview with FormBox Creator Benjamin Redford | All3DP

Interview with FormBox Creator Benjamin Redford | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For makers and small businesses everywhere, the FormBox desktop vacuum former could be a remarkable piece of machinery. ALL3DP spoke with one of the team to learn more about the product and the campaign.

According to his bio, Benjamin Redford is no stranger to Kickstarter campaigns and knew what he was doing when it came to launching the FormBox. But he still wasn’t expecting quite such a huge response. He said: “It’s gone wild which has been great.”
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The Nerdy Teacher: Making and Minecraft with @WithPiper #MakerEd

The Nerdy Teacher: Making and Minecraft with @WithPiper #MakerEd | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When I was at Picademy in February, I learned about an awesome company that uses Raspberry Pi as the brain of their project. Piper is an amazing start-up that has children build their computer and use Minecraft to learn how to use the different aspects of the Raspberry Pi and all of the buttons assembled. Here is a quick video that explains what Piper is and how it works.
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Maker or Gamification? I don't car because Nick let's us know!

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The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick (EdSurge News)

The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Want to hear the full interview? Check out this EdSurge On Air podcast extra.
Mitchel Resnick (or Mitch, for short) knows his making—from a lot of different angles. And he’s not too bought into the whole “electronics and gadgets” side of the maker movement.

Resnick has been in this business for more than 30 years, and it’s safe to say that he’s seen the maker movement—and the state of STEM education, in general—go through its phases, its ups and downs. He’s currently the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, where he and his team have developed products familiar to many a science educator: the "programmable brick" technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit, and Scratch, an online computing environment for students to learn about computer science.

It's not the media or materials, but what you do with it.
Mitch Resnick, MIT Professor and head of Lifelong Kindergarten group
Is making something that every school should be doing—and are all interpretations of “making” of equitable value? EdSurge sat down with Resnick in his office at the MIT Media Lab to learn more, and to find out how he and his team are working to bring more creativity into the learning process.
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Read this Book: The Language of School Design #DianaLRendina

Read this Book: The Language of School Design #DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools, is a fantastic, well-designed book that takes a broad look at what makes a 21st Century School a modern learning space.  They break these ideas down into 29 well-researched Design Patterns.  Included with each of the patterns are examples from actual schools, photos, graphics and more.  While a lot of these ideas are large scale and not necessarily something that individual teachers and librarians can implement, they provide a great deal of inspiration and goals to more towards.  Many of these ideas, such as student display space, cave spaces, soft seating, connection to the community, etc, can easily and affordably be implemented by individuals.  Here’s some of my takeaways and favorite parts of this book:
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Free Technology for Teachers: Compare & Contrast Map - A Writing Template for Elementary School Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Compare & Contrast Map - A Writing Template for Elementary School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Read Write Think is a great place to find story starters and interactive writing templates. A good example of that is found on Read Write Think's Compare & Contrast Map.

The Compare & Contrast Map is a template for creating a comparative essay. Using the template students are guided through writing three styles of comparison essays. To get started students identify two things that they wish to compare and or contrast. Then they choose if they want to write a "whole to whole" essay, a "similarities to differences" essay, or a "point to point" essay. Whichever essay type they choose, students are guided through the types of information they should put in each part of their essays. When their essays are complete students can share them via email or print them.
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The Ed Tech Maniacs: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Student Exploration Time

The Ed Tech Maniacs: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Student Exploration Time | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
While I understand the need for direct instruction and scaffolding in classrooms, I believe that we often go overboard with controlling the scenario in the interest of classroom management and, honestly, making our own lives as teachers easier.

However, many of our students leave classrooms each day without having had the opportunities to explore and design and create and tinker with (insert content/skills here).

Think of the tools we have in our classrooms that are metaphorically represented by the canvas, brushes, and paints in our story:
Computers and laptops
iPads and other tablets
Video cameras
Student Smartphones
3D Printers (perhaps)
CNC Machines (perhaps)

Not to mention these:
Glue
Scissors
Cardboard
Paper
String
Plutonium (according to Dr. Emmett Brown, it should be readily available these days)
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Want to Make with Cardboard? Check out @JackieGerstein 's #Awesome #Cardboard #Creations page #makered

Want to Make with Cardboard? Check out @JackieGerstein 's #Awesome #Cardboard #Creations page #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Global Cardboard Challenge is an opportunity for children to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. The Cardboard Challenge: lets children explor
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What’s a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One?

What’s a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you ask any DIY fanatic what’s on top of their wish-list, chances are pretty high they’ll say a laser cutter or engraver. As you might expect, these exotic pieces of kit use high-powered lasers to cut through materials, or to engrave them with a design. Like a 3D printer, they’re controlled by a computer, and work autonomously once provided with a design.

Laser cutters aren’t terribly new technology, and haven’t quite captured the public attention like 3D printers have. However, they are incredibly cool, and much like 3D printers, prices have crashed to the point where they’re now affordable for DIY enthusiasts.

Which brings us on to a really interesting question: What one should you get? What can you make with it? And crucially, what should you do to ensure that you use them as safely as possible?
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The Great Make: Rocketry Round-Up | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

The Great Make: Rocketry Round-Up | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many a Make: reader, especially those of us of a certain age, cut our teeth on building and flying model rockets. This one hobby required you to gain at least a basic aptitude in model construction (and all of the skill sets involved there), basic design and engineering skills, understanding the science and aerodynamics of flight, rudimentary electronics, ballistics, and much more.

Given the importance of rocketry for many of us in developing as makers, it’s no wonder that Make: has covered a ton of rocketry projects of varying stripes over the years, from kiddie water and stomp rockets to serious high-powered efforts. Here is a selection of some of these projects and articles from the past ten years.
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Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids - TIME.com

Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids - TIME.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Maker Faires’ true importance lies in its focus on getting kids interested in making things. Over the last few years, I have written multiple pieces on STEM focusing on how companies around the world are backing STEM-based programs. All of them see how important these disciplines will be in the future. Still more germane to them is the real concern that if we cannot get kids trained in the sciences, we will not have the engineers and scientists to run our companies in the future.
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IT MAY NOT BE EPIC, BUT IT'S STILL AN AWESOME LEGO WALL!  Kristina Holzweiss  @lieberrian 

IT MAY NOT BE EPIC, BUT IT'S STILL AN AWESOME LEGO WALL!  Kristina Holzweiss  @lieberrian  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To be honest, I had longed for the epic Lego wall that has graced so many makerspace blogs and websites.  But I didn’t have the wall space for it, and I prefer furniture and resources that can serve dual purposes. Being a proponent of Theodore Roosevelt’s motto of “Do what you can with what you have where you are” I became resourceful.  So with my Scholastic Book Fair points, I chose a metal cabinet from the rewards catalog to serve as both makerspace storage and a movable awesome Lego wall. With some heavy-duty magnets affixed to the back with a hot glue gun, our baseplates could be used both horizontally and vertically.  Bound by limitations, I was able to find a away to create something new that would fit the needs of our library and our students.
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How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News)

How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant. When you're building a makerspace on a budget, you learn that resources are everywhere—and they aren't always what you expect. 

Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant.
For three years I and my fellow cofounders Kim Martin and Beth Compton, have created, developed, and run Canada’s first mobile makerspace—the MakerBus. As an entirely community-driven (pun intended) makerspace, we have had to master doing a lot with very little. As we have learned, while money is extremely useful, no amount of it can replace the value of an engaged, creative community. Below I share some ideas for creating makerspaces at various price points, offering advice for building a $100 and a (nearly) $0 community makerspace.
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TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects — Emerging Education Technologies

TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes find yourself thinking about how you can spice up a lesson with some engaging visuals, a pop culture reference, some humor or drama, or something else that gives it that extra “pop!”? Or … have you ever been watching a good movie and thought, “Wow! This totally relates to one of my lessons”?

Well if you’ve experienced either of these notions, this site is for you (and even if you haven’t, you’ll probably want to check it out anyway).

TeachWithMovies.org offers a collection of lesson plans and curriculum materials using movies to inspire, inform and motivate your students. There are subject-specific sections for English, Social Studies, Sciences, and Other Subjects (which include Math, Health, Music, and numerous other subjects). These subject areas are often broken down into sub-categories (for example, Social Sciences is broke down into US History, World History, and Civics).
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5 Essential Meta-Level Tips for Makers | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

5 Essential Meta-Level Tips for Makers | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

'Most of the time here on Make:, we cover tips, tricks, and techniques related to the hands-on activity of making, tips on cutting, gluing, sanding, joining, and tips on things like shop organization.

Today’s tips are a little different, more “meta” level. They apply to one’s headspace around making, ways of organizing your thinking, your project planning and expectations, and how you conduct yourself as a maker.

If you have any similar tips related to your philosophy around making, we’d love to heard them. Please post them in the comments below."

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Encourage your discouraged readers! 5 digital tools to spark a love of reading - ISTE

Encourage your discouraged readers! 5 digital tools to spark a love of reading - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The 21st century is an exciting time of change. A great deal of that change is an outgrowth of the technological explosion. But our children have no concept of this “change” because technology has always been a part of their lives. 

In this digital environment, it is more important than ever that children are proficient readers. Yet we continue to see students in our classrooms who we label “reluctant readers” — those who can read but choose not to. We need to help these discouraged students find their motivation or passion for reading.

While there is no easy way to make kids want to read, we all know the odds are better if an activity seems popular, cool and fun. One way to do that is through technology. Here are some digital tools that can help engage students in reading.
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EdTech Tutorial: How To Use The App ‘Cargobot’ To Teach Programming

EdTech Tutorial: How To Use The App ‘Cargobot’ To Teach Programming | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cargobot is a free App (on the Appstore) which is excellent for learning how to program. It starts of with tutorials, then simple tasks and moves on to more complex algorithms.
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Girls Can't Code Because, You Know, Boobs (And Other Myths) - Huffington Post

Girls Can't Code Because, You Know, Boobs (And Other Myths) - Huffington Post | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Girls Who Code, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gender gap in tech, created this satirical clip to feature in a three-part series that explores the ridiculous gender stereotypes that exist in the world of computer science.

“We wanted to try something different and use humor and satire to question the stereotypes that tell our girls that coding is not for them,” said Reshma Saujani, the organization’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “Our hope is these videos will spark a much-needed conversation about the messages we send our young women and what we can do to create a more inclusive, well-rounded image of a programmer.”
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S'Cool Tools Reviewed by Educators: Formative, PicCollage, Strict Workflow (EdSurge News)

S'Cool Tools Reviewed by Educators: Formative, PicCollage, Strict Workflow (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
TOO COOL (PERFECT FOR SCHOOL): We write about classroom tools every week, but there are many more edtech experts outside our newsroom than within. Educators interact with edtech every day, so asked educators in our community to share with us how they use their tools, what they like and what they don’t for our Instruct newsletter. To be clear, these reviewers have no financial interest in promoting these tools, nor do their opinions necessarily reflect those of EdSurge. If you're an educator who would like to share your experiences with a product that you use, click here to complete a case study.
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What Did Educators Learn at Maker Faire? (EdSurge News)

What Did Educators Learn at Maker Faire? (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As Kristin Berbawy packed projects into her car, she lingered over one in particular. Two 3D-printed Makerbots with wire hooks—a pair of earrings. They matched the white braces on her teeth and the white strands in her hair. Her students had made them—as they had all the projects in her car—in their high school makerspace. She was proud of them. She was going to display their work to other teachers.

Smack in the middle of AP exams, a growing group of teachers is pouring time, creativity and energy into activities for which there are no standardized tests: makerspaces. The movement is avowedly grassroots and candidly quirky, and its main gathering is the Maker Educator Convening in Oakland, CA, where Kristin Berbawy was headed with a trunkload of laser cut wood and 3D printed objects.
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