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8 Tips for an Awesome Prezi


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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 17, 2014 11:32 AM

Some  great ideas for students interested in getting away from the conventional PowerPoint! 

Jeff Dumoulin's curator insight, April 18, 2014 9:44 AM

Great Prezi on making great Prezis 

Dave Wood's curator insight, April 18, 2014 3:41 PM

Some really useful tips about structuring information and the impactful use of visuals.  I haven't been a huge fan of Prezi because they can be just too "busy" and disorientating when they incorporate too much spin as they move from image to image. These tips give good advice about how to keep it simple for best effect.

I've used Prezi as a way of presenting the notes from a visual group coaching session back to the participants.

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Maker Club: 3D Printing with a Chromebook (or just a browser)

Maker Club: 3D Printing with a Chromebook (or just a browser) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Given the prevalence of Chromebooks in schools, and the momentum with 3D Printing as a school science activity, it seems logical that people would ask "How can we do 3D Printing with just Chromebooks?". Here's some ideas for tools that will all work on the web - on your Chromebook (or in your other computer's browser with no downloaded software).


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Sensing STEAM: 30+ Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain

Sensing STEAM: 30+ Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Kids can feed their senses while they play & learn with these awesome STEAM activities. 30+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math projects!

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Marteana Davidson's curator insight, August 24, 9:15 PM

definitlely will be trying one of these activites with the kiddos/

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Review of the Literature: Makerspaces


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 18, 5:49 PM

How to put the hands on into hands-on learning... and why it makes sense. 

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MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology - YouTube

Intel’s “MakeHers: Engaging Girls and Women in Technology through Making, Creating and Inventing” report was created in consultation with experts including the Girl Scouts and Maker Education. It is Intel’s latest effort to support the maker community and increase access to and interest in computer science and engineering, especially among girls and women. The report indicates that girls and women involved with making, designing and creating things with electronic tools may build stronger interest and skills in computer science and engineering. Read the full report at www.intel.com/girlsintech.

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June Rumiko Klein's curator insight, August 13, 1:59 PM

Intel has proven leadership in breaking down barriers in this area.  Bravo.

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Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens - Edutopia

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens - Edutopia | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects."


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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, August 16, 2014 7:27 PM

This is so cool looking and perfect for Middle School Students.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 10:06 PM

This is an interesting look at PBL. I certainly agree with the idea of a 'Maker' being the learner in the classroom. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 12, 8:57 PM

#STEM #PBL #Project Based #Learning

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Show What You Know with Media » What do you want to create today?

Show What You Know with Media » What do you want to create today? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought

What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I spent more than 5 years in public school classrooms, both urban and suburban, and while I saw a lot of educators working their behinds off and engaging kids in valuable, essential learning, I also saw a lot of kids that were disenchanted by what school had to offer. After years in the public school system, many of the students that need school the worst had been taught one irrevocable truth: learning was not for them. And not just because school was too hard or too easy, but because it was often at odds with their interests and desires.

And then, in just the past few months, I’ve had my eyes opened to the world of schooling that happens beyond the walls of the traditional brick and mortar education. Suddenly, I saw living rooms, parks, co-ops, libraries, churches, and community centers as steady, stimulating learning environments. I saw parents confidently addressing the educational needs of their children without necessarily having the formal training to do so (my good friend, Becky, is among them). I saw how certain learning methods and perspectives could yield the type of student that regularly scores above the national average on an array of standardized tests and feels empowered as a lifelong learner. But what exactly were these families able to do that was so different? And what could we as public educators borrow from these homeschool classrooms–or any non-traditional or informal learning environment–that would be of benefit in our own? Here are the five things that stand out.

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Elizabeth Walton Coleman's curator insight, August 1, 11:19 PM

These are the things I've learned that the half is never greater than the whole.

Heather Maxon's curator insight, August 2, 6:11 AM

Good article

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA2_VwJzwug
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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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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, August 25, 7:10 AM

Leuke ideeën voor ons GameLab

Jan Boustead's curator insight, August 25, 5:39 PM

Makerspace  ideas.

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 26, 3:18 AM

Great project ideas!

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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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7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
With each presidency come new reforms and initiatives aimed at enhancing education.

The new policies, programs, and funding lay the foundation for various innovations and trends to build momentum and transform the way we teach and learn. Before you go back to school, get the skinny on seven big disruptors in education.

These seven transformative tools are part of the growing movement to get students creating and problem-solving with technology, which has been supported by the Obama administration’s Educate to Innovate initiative.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 14, 10:57 AM

Ranging from Minecraft to Google's Cardboard, here are examples of technologies that are making learning more engaging. 

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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
The maker zeitgeist has evolved far beyond the day when an educator might set objects—say, a box of robotic LEGOs—in a library corner and call it a “maker lab.” 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.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 4:53 PM

How to make space for a Maker Space in your library.


If you are curious about Maker Culture investigate Shannon Mersand's new online class at UW-Stout: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture September 28 - November 20, 2015

Ruth Hall's curator insight, August 11, 8:57 AM

Maker spaces can be multiple locations in the library OR the whole library OR other spaces in the building. Use of bins, portable materials, multiple stations/work spaces. 

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 13, 1:38 AM

Pity that in many small libraries, the limited space for a 'maker lab' had to give way for cyberspace...

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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite

Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 8, 2:54 PM

#APP #Apps #CODE #MAKE #Education #Games

Daniel Lobo Ríos's curator insight, August 9, 8:01 AM

I'm going to check these Apps, I think it are interesting to work the mind. Thank you!

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Coding for Kids - 3 FREE & Fabulous Apps - appydazeblog

Coding for Kids - 3 FREE & Fabulous Apps - appydazeblog | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Why teach kids to code? Coding is what makes computer software work. Understanding the basics of programming will help your child be prepared for the jobs of the future. And, in the process your child will be using logic, solving problems, and having fun! Check out these apps and try coding yourself. Then try it with your students. We are living in creative, exciting times – be part of it!! :)

Here are fabulous FREE resources to use:

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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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