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An Excited Educator : Computerless Coding with Lego

An Excited Educator : Computerless Coding with Lego | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I am in a privileged position as I teach students in an iPad 1:1 school, so have always been able to teach coding using our iPads. However I know there are a wealth of fantastic computerless coding lessons and wanted to explore these, to see if students would gain a better understanding of coding!

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 23, 7:26 AM

Great ideas for young children to develop an understanding of key computational thinking concepts such as algorithms, looping, and iteration. 

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 11:23 AM

Coding even without a  computer is fun and very thought provoking.

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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I believe that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The maker movement has created opportunities for all educators to give students authentic learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom experiences and to rethink traditional learning environments to include those that nurture the kinds of creativity and innovation that will benefit our students both in school and beyond. We know children learn by exploring and playing and doing and making and that these kinds of things lead to deeper engagement. The maker movement embodies opportunities for experimentation and innovation to occur across all grade levels and all content areas.

Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful student learning, as well as help cultivate a culture of innovation within a school. My makerspace inspires innovation, passion, and personal motivation and interests, and has encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects and careers.

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john dimitriou's curator insight, April 20, 6:20 AM

Authentic learning - Makerspaces are important for students to build, assemble, create and test.

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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 27, 3:27 PM

Handig, met verschillende pro indelingen

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 29, 3:24 AM

A few to investigate!

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 6, 3:47 PM

Coding may be the next literacy for all of us. 

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20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer - TeachThought

20 STEM Activities For Kids This Summer - TeachThought | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
School may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean learning has to. In fact, it is vital that it doesn’t!

When students let their brains take a break over the summer, they can lose the equivalent of two months of their grade-level math and reading skills. To combat summer learning loss and keep those STEM skills fresh over the summer, Project Lead The Way put together a list of super simple (and fun) STEM activities you can do with your children over summer break.

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School

Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Little Story Creator (not to be confused with the similar sounding Little Story Maker) is a free iPad app that students can use to create multimedia stories on their iPads. The app was designed with students in mind and is therefore rather easy to use. On the app students can create multiple page stories. On each page of their stories students can add images and videos, type text, draw, and apply digital stickers. Students can also record audio on each page to narrate their stories.

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Maker movement drives the future

Maker movement drives the future | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing a vision of the future.
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5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint

5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Learn how to easily create professional-looking infographics in PowerPoint with these 10 free templates.

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Christelle Quillet's curator insight, May 18, 9:40 AM

Outil utile pour créer des posters rendant compte de résultats d'enquête, par ex.

No Boxes's curator insight, May 18, 5:25 PM

I love infographics!  Thanks to HubSpot for sharing these.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, May 21, 8:15 PM

a good visual tool

 

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How to use SOLE in your school - Innovate My School

How to use SOLE in your school - Innovate My School | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Just what is a self-organised learning environment, and how can it help teachers? School In The Cloud’s Sally Rix explains how the idea changed her career tremendously.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 1:54 AM

Interesting article about how SOLE was approached in one school.

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, May 8, 6:19 AM

Students learn far more when fully engaged in passionate subjects and user friendly environments, these and thankfully coming to the fore now.  It's been a long long wait.

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Apple - NEW Learning with iPad Page

Apple - NEW Learning with iPad Page | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Explore new ideas, dive deeper into your current studies, or discover a hidden potential.


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Roos de Groot's curator insight, May 8, 2:57 AM

Apps met meer mogelijkheden dan de meeste standaard

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

 

This year’s report, Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students, provides landmark findings on the efficacy and value associated with popular digital learning initiatives: blended learning, online learning, school-assigned mobile devices and STEM learning.  The views, values and experiences of students taking part in these digital learning initiatives are compared with students in more traditional classroom-based education.
“We hope by highlighting the views and values of today’s students, especially those students who are living a digital learning experience, this year’s report stimulates new discussions around the effective use of digital tools, resources and content to support student learning,” said Julie Evans CEO of Project Tomorrow.


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Ly Torn's curator insight, May 4, 11:33 PM

Selles artiklis on kajastatud üht uuringut, mille tulemusena toodi välja, et ligikaudu 60% teismelistest kasutab oma nutiseadmeid koolis õppimise eesmärgil. 

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 7:27 PM

LOTS of new data here on Digital Learning from the Speak Up survey.

CTD Institute's curator insight, May 8, 9:25 AM

A must for all educators involved with implementation of mobile projecst in K-12 institutions.

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Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves?

Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Education pioneer Sugata Mitra joins The Stream to discuss the future of learning.

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transivm's curator insight, May 5, 12:33 PM

añada su visión ...

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, May 21, 2:21 AM

añada su visión ...

Stem Specialist's curator insight, June 14, 10:48 PM

An instructional pedagogy every teacher should understand.

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6 Ways to Make Learning Visible - Brilliant or Insane

When we make learning visible, teachers and students are better able to assess their impact.These six strategies will get you started.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 2:18 AM

Some nice suggestions, especially for k12 and younger.

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 20, 8:56 AM

I like the idea of sharing and keeping a progression with a time for reflection...and the sketchbook for kids - their own book - how perfect.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 8:29 PM

It's one thing to post student work, but it's quite another thing for the students to reflect on their work over time. Imagine what an impact it could make for a student to see how far he has progressed or for a student to see the final product of something she thought was beyond her reach.

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100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered

100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Find resources for FREE LEGO Learning Printables in this 100 Things Post.

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lalita pradeep's curator insight, July 22, 10:37 PM

I really dunno anything about its high order potential, but my sister prefers lego for her two small children.....And she is a committed teacher by passion.

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 23, 11:09 AM

I hope my new classroom has plenty of Legos!

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 11:18 AM

Some of the links in the list no longer work, but there are still plenty available. 

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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015 | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.


A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.


One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."


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Your Students can be “Makers”: 16 Projects Invented by Teachers - Getting Smart

Your Students can be “Makers”: 16 Projects Invented by Teachers - Getting Smart | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The premise is simple: start with a quick tour of the facility and very brief show-and-tell of the tools (less than 30 minutes!), follow with a group brainstorming session around project ideas (less than 30 minutes!), then form groups to jump into projects. Even before lunch on the first day, groups were already sketching and tinkering with Hummingbird Robotics kits, MaKeyMaKeys, cardboard and MakeDo’s, and more. For two days, I jumped in to help groups, learned new tools myself (LittleBits!), fetched tools and supplies as needed (copper tape! wire strippers!), recommended resources and suppliers (Sparkfun! DigiKey!), and acted as cheerleader for teachers pushing themselves to learn incredible new skills and create amazing artifacts of their learning.

The final projects blew ALL of us coaches away! The absolute best part, from my perspective, is that every single project was immediately applicable back in the participant’s classroom. Most of them are generally applicable in any learning environment! Serious high school science content, literature and history, elementary grades, even social/emotional learning… This was absolutely the most excellent collection of practical and academically-oriented maker projects I’ve seen!

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Edupronet's curator insight, June 25, 6:43 AM

Quant les enseignants inventent leurs propres projets pédagogiques

Sandra Ciccarello's curator insight, June 27, 9:26 PM

Spent some time learning about STEMSEL ....... Purchased two inventors kits, now going to take it to my students. Thanks for the ideas!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, June 29, 9:02 AM

#Maker #MAKE #CODE #Robotics #MakerSpace #MakerClub #Education

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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

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LET Team's curator insight, June 3, 7:37 PM

Who's for Duct Tape Ninja?

Rachel Benoit's curator insight, June 4, 8:56 AM

'Fearless learners', now that is a great concept, and who doesn't love duct tape. 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 24, 9:31 AM

Makerspace reasoning.

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8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News)

8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
My colleague and I walked into a room filled with a dozen fifth-grade girls snacking on pretzels and huddling around a LEGO robot they had named Kitty. Two of them were laughing about the goggles they had made out of robot wheels, while another small group crowded around a laptop to program wheel rotations. The rest attempted to drive Kitty through what looked like an obstacle course.

It was our first glimpse into life as mentors for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington's LEGO League, a competition that combines programming LEGO Mindstorms robots, team project planning, and creative problem solving to get kids excited about science and technology.

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Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News)

Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

by Betsy Corcoran

 

"Making represents the kind of informal learning that happens mostly outside of school. Part of me didn't want to see it in school because it would lose its magic if it was to become defined as curriculum. I want making to flourish as something we do because we discover it and love to do it -- not because we are forced to do it. I've also come to think that rather than having making fit into school, we should transform our schools so that this kind of informal learning is given greater emphasis and so-called formal learning de-emphasized. 

"Certainly, I would like more and more young people to have the opportunity to become makers, and having makerspaces in schools and library seems like the best way to reach more of them. I've been excited by the progress I'm seeing. I have to say that making is the only thing in education that is getting adopted as the result of grassroots initiatives. It's bottom-up, not top-down. 

"I believe that one of the lasting impacts of the maker movement is to transform our education system, replacing a standardized curriculum and testing with learn-by-doing experiential learning. Kids will lead the way, saying "I don't learn the way they are teaching." That's how the next generation will learn that they have the freedom to become productive and creative."


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Turn Your iOS Device Into an Extra Monitor With Duet - MakeUseOf.com

Turn Your iOS Device Into an Extra Monitor With Duet - MakeUseOf.com | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Everybody likes plenty of screens when working or browsing the Internet. It seems to be a geek’s rite of passage to brag about how many monitor screens they have (“you only have two?!”).
But now those of you who own an iPad can use a simple app to expand your collection of screens, turning your $500 tablet into a small, portable monitor. It’s called Duet.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, May 18, 9:21 AM

Great Tip for all the iPad users, simple app to expand your collection of screens.

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Augmented reality lessons

Augmented reality lessons | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Augmented reality is an enhanced media experience in an environment for a user. There are multiple types of experiences. These computer generated environments let you hear music or sounds, watch videos, move and scale a 3D model, or place you in a scene that can be anywhere. All of these possibilities are interactive and require the user to trigger the possible experience.


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Lucia Keijzer's curator insight, May 15, 5:29 AM

VR or AR surely must be the future in English Language Teaching.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 19, 2:10 AM

An interesting all-in-one site to learn about AR... worth keeping!

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, May 21, 2:20 AM

añada su visión ...

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Deekit - Online Whiteboard

Deekit - Online Whiteboard | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

nicely designed whiteboardDeekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.


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Suzanne's curator insight, May 10, 4:48 AM

Looks good to try out for free.

Don't like that sign in options are only through Facebook, Google or Microsoft, though.  

Liz Horrocks's curator insight, May 10, 11:26 AM

Adult and Teenage students would love this - also good for out of the classroom learning, or virtual one-to-ones. 

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 15, 4:04 AM

This looks interesting.

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 4:42 PM

Great article about the variety of ways Makerspaces can take up residence in your library!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 6, 9:42 AM

Love this quote, "Educators are now focusing on how the maker movement can be truly meaningful: it’s not about where making is happening, but about how creating, experimenting, and collaborating impact education. In addition, some high schoolers tinkering their free periods away can discover a passion—sometimes leading to a future educational focus or even scholarship money."

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:08 PM

Program Management.

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Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian

Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"These blogs and websites will keep you up to date with 3D printing news and trends.

"These sites include 3D printing guides, instructions, history, and provide further context.

"These sites provide curriculum examples for 3D printing programming and instruction."


Very solid collection of quality resources -JL


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Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, May 27, 12:29 AM

This resource looks very informative and interesting on how 3D printers are made and used. In the future I can see this being helpful in my chosen discipline of Industrial Design and Technology as i feel that as time goes on they will become more readily available and their uses and potential capabilities will expand. 

David Prince's curator insight, May 27, 12:46 AM

After working at the high school for prac 1, I found these machines interesting to say the least. After reading this resource I can relate by seeing them in action as well as having had the opportunity  to design and produce an item from one of these 3d printers. Although the printer I used was more like the generation 1 machine, I know that with continuing technology these 3d printers will improve to levels that we are yet to see in manufacturing. The article also contain valuable information pertaining to many sites giving information on the benefits and uses of these printers.

Brett Coleman's curator insight, May 31, 6:13 AM

This would be great for when students are learning about 3D printing. Also great to see that their are blogs that students could follow about this subject

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eSchool News 5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News

eSchool News 5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Makerspaces should be seen as a metaphor for unique learning environments that encourage tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for all. Purposeful planning will allow your makerspace to insinuate itself into the mindset of students, educators, and families within your school.

Taking the overall approach outlined here will ensure that your makerspace is a well-designed learning environment, one that it will serve your students and your wider school community tremendously, ensuring opportunities for growth and success for the future.

 

Laura Fleming is a media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey. This article was adapted from her new book “Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School [4]


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