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How to Make a Homeless Care Package (Free Printable Supplies List)

How to Make a Homeless Care Package (Free Printable Supplies List) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
These homeless care packages can be prepared for your local homeless shelters or kept tucked away in the trunk of your car for those you may see on the street looking for your help. I love feeling armed in these situations and these kits are a simple way to show how much you care.
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How This Class Got a 3D Printer Using the Power of the PLN

How This Class Got a 3D Printer Using the Power of the PLN | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology does not come cheap. In fact, it’s a huge expense for any school. So what do you do when your budget just won’t stretch far enough to teach how you want to teach? Well, when elementary technology specialist Karen Winsper was faced with this problem, she looked to technology and her PLN for a helping hand.


Thanks to an innovative approach and her connections on Twitter, Karen was able to seize an opportunity that would not have presented itself to many ‘disconnected’ educators.
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Harnessing the Maker Spirit: Dale Dougherty’s New Book, ‘Free to Make’ (EdSurge News)

Harnessing the Maker Spirit: Dale Dougherty’s New Book, ‘Free to Make’ (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The people and the projects that Dougherty describes are delights: There’s Lisa Marie Wiley, “a woman with a fierce look in her eyes,” who learns how to wield a 3D printer to design and build her own prosthetic leg. There’s 12-year old Quin Etnyre, who starts his own maker-kit business. There’s Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, who’s organizing school around maker activities. And there’s Nick Pinkston, who is creating the fully automated factory of the future.

These folks work hard—but they have fun. Plenty of it. And Dougherty is all for it. “With Make: magazine, I had an insight that adults needed to play and rediscover hobbies and passion projects,” Dougherty writes. “Some people will argue that they don’t have the time to play or make… Yet, creating time for play is also essential to balance our work lives with our own interests.”

All that’s missing from “Free to Make” are a few stories of making gone awry—which, of course, it must sometimes do. But as the champion of making, Dougherty is a bit protective of his peeps. And given that schools and even parents still sometimes puzzle over the “value” of making in contrast, to, say, SAT prep work, he can be excused for sticking to the tamer maker stories.

Even so, “Free to Make” combines inspiring stories with Dougherty’s thoughts about how to start maker labs in schools and ultimately the implications of the maker world on America itself. “In the future more people will be creating their own jobs instead of finding a job,” Dougherty writes. “The question is not what kind of work you can do but how your work can create the greatest value. We have to be constantly learning new skills and coming up with new ideas, changing as the world changes. How can more and more people have engaging, purposeful, gratifying work, the kind of work that makers do? The maker seems more essential than ever: a sense of agency, self-determination, self-reliance, resourcefulness, collaboration, flexibility, and a can-do attitude.”
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What Kills Creativity in Kids?

What Kills Creativity in Kids? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Creativity is a choice—and if children are going to choose to be creative then parents have to be careful not to stifle it. What kills kids’ creativity? Here’s what to avoid.


Ten creativity squelchers are listed below. Parents who catch themselves inadvertently being an accessory to any of these ten inhibitors can take stock of their actions, otherwise they risk suppressing their child’s creative expression. (Fear not. Each point below is followed by a practical suggestion that parents can use as a starting point to foster children’s creativity.) In addition, sometimes kids lack something—such as preparation, downtime, or incentive—and concerns like these are noted as well. "

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6 Qualities to Look for When Buying a 3D Printer for Your Classroom | Make:

6 Qualities to Look for When Buying a 3D Printer for Your Classroom | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A number of national initiatives are underway to support getting students access to maker skills and tools, including 3D printers. As schools and educators are seeking advice on what to get, it is important for them to recognize that the needs of students in a classroom are different than those of hobbyists or professional makers. Here are a few important criteria for educators to consider when evaluating 3D printers for their class:
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Sphero Bocce Ball Coding Game — All for the Boys

Sphero Bocce Ball Coding Game — All for the Boys | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This game was inspired by one we saw in the SPRK Lightning Lab (though I didn’t save it and couldn’t find it on a quick search). The Lightning Lab has so many awesome ideas (programs and activities). We love scrolling through them to find things to do.


For this game you’ll need a target. I made this printable which is 4 sheets of paper stapled together (I forgot to set my printer as being full bleed (no margins) but was fine with how this looked. You could always trim the margins if you printer prints them."

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SAS CodeSnaps: A New Way to Code!

SAS CodeSnaps: A New Way to Code! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Some people think that K-12 computer science requires a large budget, a classroom full of tablets and robots, and an experienced tech teacher. We are pleased to dispel those myths--and introduce you to SAS CodeSnaps!


CodeSnaps is a collaborative coding environment requiring only one iPad and one robot. The app takes advantage of tangible, printed coding blocks, allowing students to prepare programs together on a shared work surface without a device. After students scan the blocks with the app, commands can be executed on the connected robot (compatible robots include Sphero, Ollie, SPRK, and SPRK+)."

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Educational Leadership:The Global-Ready Student:Getting Schools Ready for the World

Educational Leadership:The Global-Ready Student:Getting Schools Ready for the World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The growth of mobile technology means that schools must rethink what they do to produce fully connected, global-ready graduates.
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Maker is a Culture, Not a Space @mraspinall

Maker is a Culture, Not a Space @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspace is a growing trend in education that requires aligned pedagogical beliefs and philosophies, but unfortunately gets implemented without much foundation, research or understanding of constructivism. Maker culture leans heavily on the idea of constructivism – that is, the notion that learning is best done through doing.

“I am convinced that the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge.” – Seymour Papert
Maker culture is not something that we can easily define as it means different things to different people. Regardless, the movement from teacher centred to student centred activities requires a major shift in thinking and years of un-doing.
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Why do you want kids to code?

Why do you want kids to code? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I made this because I think there is an important distinction between learning to code and coding to learn.  I think the focus with students doing coding in schools should be coding to learn (except for secondary and tertiary computer science or computer programming courses). Bill Ferriter’s graphic called what do you want kids to do with technology was the inspiration for my graphic. I created this for the same reasons he created his. Coding affords a means through which some incredibly powerful making and learning can take place.
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This should be compulsory reading to allay the media hype that surrounds coding!!!!!!
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The Big Book of Makerspace Projects - GeekDad

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects - GeekDad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you have a makerspace, are looking at starting one, or just need to get moving on your own in your garage or basement, I’ve got a great new book to recommend to you that is perfect for learning new skills and tools—it’s called The Big Book of Makerspace Projects by Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves.
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Cultivating a Maker Mindset - Elizabeth Bostwick @ElisaBostwick

Cultivating a Maker Mindset - Elizabeth Bostwick @ElisaBostwick | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Hearing the excitement of students as they question, design, create and make is one of my absolute favorite aspects of teaching. Every child is engaged in an activity of their choice, and collaboration skyrockets. As a classroom teacher I’ve been able to see how learning in makerspace transfers to learning in the classroom. Teachers often ask me how to launch makerspace with their students, and it’s all about cultivating a maker mindset from the beginning.
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The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them

The jobs of the future – and two skills you need to get them | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Could a robot do your job? Millions of people who didn’t see automation coming will soon find out the painful way. The answer is a resounding yes.

The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers.

The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. But the manual and clerical workers who find themselves out of work are unlikely to have the required skills to compete for the new roles. Most new jobs will be in more specialized areas such as computing, mathematics, architecture and engineering."

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5 In a Bag #Makerspace #Challenge via @lieberrian and @krissyvenosdale #makered #5inabag

5 In a Bag  #Makerspace #Challenge  via @lieberrian  and @krissyvenosdale #makered #5inabag | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Could you really run a makerspace that is fun, dynamic, engaging, thought-provoking and inexpensive?  Take the twice a month "5 In a Bag" challenge using only household and easily obtainable items. 


 Add pics and videos of your creations on the padlet, and particpate in the Twitter chat using #5inabag.  Who knows what you will come up with!"

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Sock Snowman via Kristina Holzweiss ‏@lieberrian

Don't throw your old, white socks away! Upcycle them to create this funny, little Sock Snowman to cheer you up this winter! :) Step-by-step Tutorial
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Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12

Types of Student Inquiry - Simplek12 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There are various types of student inquiry. How many of them do you know? Thanks to a post I found on Twitter, you’re about to know about all of them. I watch social media closely and it’s my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

The different levels of student inquiry  are about what a teacher does versus what a student does when guiding a lesson plan, project, or other school activity. Shelly Terrell posted an infographic on her Twitter account that explains the different types of student inquiry. The infographic was created by Trevor Mackenzie.
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Project Bloks - Creating a development platform for tangible programming

Project Bloks - Creating a development platform for tangible programming | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Project Bloks is creating a development platform for tangible programming, to help kids develop computational thinking through playful coding experiences.
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Does Minecraft have a place in the computer science curriculum? by @TeacherToolkit

Does Minecraft have a place in the computer science curriculum? by @TeacherToolkit | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Does Minecraft have a place in the computer science curriculum?

I’m really a traditionalist at heart, but in my mind I also know where some common-sense is needed in school curriculum models. For example, if we are to teach students computer science – as recommended in the compulsory EBacc curriculum – on offer to all English students, coding is an essential part of this curriculum.

Minecraft has been used very successfully for many years across the curriculum by those teachers who are willing to engage within the curriculum from the context of the child. (Anon.)

How we teach coding is another matter? And there are many ways teachers can do this well/poorly.

“Equal treatment does not create equal opportunity.” (@doctob)

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. This includes Minecraft if a teacher thinks it will benefit their students. Computer science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Speaking with experience, as a former head of ICT (until 2008) and computing teacher, I look in awe at some of the applications, schemes of work and software available to teachers, schools and students today. Software that enables our children to learn how to code and use applications and devices to access the curriculum and beyond."

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OK Go's New Video For 'The One Moment' Is Another Mind-Blower

OK Go's New Video For 'The One Moment' Is Another Mind-Blower | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
OK Go's latest (and astonishing) video, for the song "The One Moment," took only 4.2 seconds to film. But the whole thing — a series of rapid-fire explosions — was slowed down to fill the four-plus minutes it takes the band to sing the song. Remarkably, like OK Go's previous videos, the group manages to sync the whole thing using... I don't know, math
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A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration (EdSurge News)

A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Grade 9 Geography was in trouble. Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board w
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21st Century Education For A 21st Century Economy - FORBES #DisruptED16

21st Century Education For A 21st Century Economy - FORBES #DisruptED16 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Work based skills are changing as more and more jobs are displaced by digital technologies.  Software, apps and online technology such as Uber, Airbnb, Legal Zoom and TurboTax to name a few has already had an impact on many professions.  Online shopping has eliminated tens of thousands of retail store positions. And with self-driving vehicles on the way, how many taxi, trucking, express delivery–and even aviation jobs–will go the way of the telephone switchboard operator?

If history is a reliable guide, the technologies that are eliminating one set of jobs will create others: jobs that require twenty-first century—mainly digital—skills.  The explosion in industrial robotics, for example, is eliminating thousands of assembly line jobs but it is creating a demand for people who can design, manufacture, program and maintain those machines.  The questions are –  what will the net impact on jobs be and how well are our schools preparing young people for those new, higher skilled jobs as we head toward the fourth industrial revolution?
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Sewing teddy bears for sick kids - meet 12 year old Campbell - The Feed

Campbell spends all his time making teddy bears for sick children - several hundred so far. Meet the kid whose passion is turning frowns upside down
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A Brief History of Makerspaces - Curiosity Commons

A Brief History of Makerspaces - Curiosity Commons | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspaces of all types are growing at an exponential rate. As Davee, Regalla and Chang (2015) report, “Google Trends shows the search term “makerspace” has quadrupled in the past two years and is currently in its highest rate of growth in search frequency” (p. 2). In fact, according to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, “makerspaces are expected to be increasingly adopted by schools in one year’s time or less to make use of mobile learning and cultivate environments where students take ownership of their education by doing and creating” (p. 1). Therefore, with makerspaces emerging as a worldwide phenomenon, the following questions surface:

Where did this growing maker movement originate?
How did makerspaces arrive on the educational front?
How did makerspaces end up in school libraries?
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A Vertical Build - How We Constructed Our Makerspace Lego Wall @FractusLearning

A Vertical Build - How We Constructed Our Makerspace Lego Wall @FractusLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So, in order to model the importance of continually changing and adapting to our students’ needs, we began with a dream of mine – building a Lego wall.

Legos are a timeless classic for creativity, building, and fun. Kids of all ages enjoy this magnificent toy. For many, Legos come with a set of instructions and a product to build. Other times, kids have free reign on their creativity in order to build something new and different.

In our school’s Makerspace, Legos are a staple in our building station. Kids can create whatever they wish with Legos and even integrate those Legos with other materials for their project. With the inspiration of others online and on TV, we decided to put our Legos on the wall. Putting Legos on the wall not only is something new and different for our kids to experience, but it is also a space saver. Students can build on the wall, creating interesting artwork, simply creating anything new with Legos.
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