"Don't think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown "
"One of the most rewarding experiences in writing my second book (The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, Fall 2017) has been having the honor of being able to highlight and showcase GREAT makerspaces far and wide. In doing that research, I discovered some unconventional spaces that clearly have taken an out of the box approach to planning their makerspaces.
Despite the many space out there that are essentially exactly alike, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to planning a makerspace. Makerspaces should as unique and meaningful as the communities they are in. It is my hope that the links and spaces below can a new and unique perspective on what makerspaces can be. Each space described below is unique, emphasizing different skills or themes. Although some of these spaces are not in K-12 schools, there certainly are things we can learn and apply to educational makerspaces."
Discovery VR 360 videos can be viewed on your desktop in most modern browsers. For more immersive Virtual Reality experiences, download the app for your iPhone or Android device and check out these other ways to watch.
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL). This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.
You can create spaces for different topics and conversations to share with separate groups of people. How to create a space You can create up to 100 spaces to share with other people. To create a space on your computer or phone: Open the Spaces app on your phone, or the Spaces website. Tap or click Create a Space Add. Note: If you have many spaces, you may have to scroll to the bottom. Now that you have a space, you can create a post or customize your space.
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy for The Web is another of our most popular posts of 2016. The visual features a number of key educational web tools to digitally operationalize Bloom's thinking levels. For each of these thinking levels ( creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding, and remembering) we came up with five web tools that better correspond with it. Our selection process is entirely based on our long-standing experience of reviewing educational web tools. We invite you to check it out and share with your colleagues. Feel free to download, print, or share the visual the way you want provided you include a link back to our website. Enjoy
The classroom. Since the 1950s, the setup of your average second, sixth or tenth grade classroom hasn’t changed all that much. Desks lined up, students facing forward, teacher up at the front giving a lecture. The same can be said for higher education oftentimes, as well.
"The phrase “don’t play games with me” is about to get a turnover. Play games all you want—your brain (and especially your students’ brains) will thank you for it!
When your students learn to recognize patterns and develop problem solving strategies, their probing questions and insightful answers will enhance instruction in every subject you teach. Gaming is a great way to develop these kinds of skills.
The following are a few short lists of great tablet games that develop and refine critical thinking skills. They’re separated by grade levels, and are among some of the best ones out there."
Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and both genders. I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development.
Here is a description of this activity from the tinkering studio at the Exploratorium:
Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? You’ll make some exciting and surprising discoveries about their inner parts when you don some safety goggles and get started dissecting your old stuffed animal, remote controlled car, or singing Santa. Use screwdrivers, seam rippers, scissors, and saws to remove your toy’s insides. Check out the mechanisms, circuit boards, computer chips, lights, and wires you find inside. Once you’ve fully dissected your toy, you can use the toy’s parts, your tools, and your imagination to create a new original plaything. (https://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/toy-take-apart)
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content. To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.
Looking for some very good iPad math apps to use with young learners ? The visual below has you covered. It features some of the popular titles to utilize with your kids to teach them basics of math and enhance their mathematical thinking. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.
Children are naturally creative, and in order to encourage their talents, we should be nurturing this creativity, rather than forcing it into a box-ticking process. It’s no secret that when children are having fun, they learn more about the topic as their engagement is greater. By allowing them to see subjects in a playful manner, they will be more enthusiastic about them later in their school careers, and they will have developed the cognitive and personal skills needed to work with others in their class more effectively.
CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds. CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.
You’ve heard so many great things about 3D printers and what you can do with them. There are so many wonderful machines which can make your builder’s dreams come true. But if you want to buy a 3D printer, what model should you choose? How much should you spend? And where’s the best place to buy a 3D printer? Here’s a guide to the most pressing questions when buying a 3D printer.
Yesterday we published top iPad apps for librarians and today we are featuring another equally important visual comprising some of the best web tools to help librarians in their everyday work. We have arranged these tools into 10 main categories: Database portals, research tools, curation tools, animated video tools, poster creation tools, note taking tools, timeline creation tools, tools communicate with parents, presentation tools and reference tools.
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