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Getting Started - Maker Ed's Resource Library

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“Getting Started” includes a set of curated, introductory resources are for those new to making or interested in learning more about what making is and its potential impact in education. It also provides practical, concrete ways for integrating making into educational settings.

The resources below are listed in alphabetical order, as a default. They are also organized into subcategories, accessible by the tabs at the top of the grid. When hovering over each box, keywords provide a simple description and glimpse into the content of the resource, which is accessible by clicking on the arrow in the upper right-hand corner.

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The Future Belongs to the Makers – John Spencer

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When you hear the word “create” or “make,” you might be tempted to think of a tangible, physical product. However, in design thinking, students might design other types of products. So here are some of the types of things students might create.



#1: A Digital Work

Students might create a podcast, a documentary, or a website that they publish to a global, connected audience. Even when this is the case, it’s important that students can identify an audience that goes beyond merely “online.” In other words, who online do you want to reach and how will you reach them?

#2: A Tangible Work

This is what we often think of when we hear about maker spaces. This is what happens when kids do a cardboard challenge or code with Arduino or paint a mural. When we do our Shark Tank style projects, kids typically create a finished tangible work.

#3: An Event

This might be something like a car wash or a dance or a graffiti removal evening. It might be something like a TEDx event or a play.

#4: A Service

Similar to an event, a service is an ongoing activity that students design to help others. Here, what they are designing isn’t a typical finished, tangible product, but rather an action for others. Often, this works in a service learning activity.

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Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “the maker movement,” and some worry where that story is going.

Reading stories, of course, has been a big part of what Jan Bombeck does with children. “Stories, stories and more stories,” she told the school board last month.

The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open.

That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.

The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading.

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Kids at this school can spend 20% of their time doing anything they want

Kids at this school can spend 20% of their time doing anything they want | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Kevin Brookhouser is a teacher at York School, located in sunny Monterey, California.
In 2011, he had a crazy idea.

What would happen, he wondered, if students were given the same creative freedoms as employees at Google?

For years the tech giant cut its employees a deal: Spend 80% of time on your daily tasks, and 20% on a project of your choosing.

World-changing services such as Gmail, Google Maps, and Adsense all came from Googlers enjoying 20% time.

Brookhouser wanted the same for his students. Instead of showing up to school and cracking open old textbooks, kids could guide their own learning and spend 20% of their time working on whatever they want — a concept Brookhouser has since rebranded as 20Time.

In the five years since he came up with his idea, York School has become one of the most innovative schools in America, and 20Time is the hero that sparked its success.

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Makerspace Tools @GravesColleen #makered 

Makerspace Tools @GravesColleen #makered  | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What are great tools for a makerspace? What materials should I get? Show this list of awesome stuff to your students and makerspace steering committee and see what your makers are interested in before making purchases. (Read more about starting a school makerspace from scratch) Curious about how to get funding? Read my makerspace buy-in post here (coming in May 2016).

*What if I can’t get it all? Decide how you want to run your space. Do you wanna have workshops or challenges? A challenge lasts a lot longer, so you could buy 10 sets of Makey Makeys and run a challenge for a few months. Or get 10 Spheros and do a different Sphero challenge each month. Just keep stretching your ideas and see where your imagination can take you, but don’t get bogged down ordering a lot of stuff you do not know how to use.  Buy a set of something and see where it takes you! Also, don’t wait until you know how to use it before using it with students! Learn ALONGSIDE your makers!

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How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning

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As part of this growing trend, school libraries are stepping up to the plate to offer students unprecedented access to tools and technology. Across districts, resources include everything from the parts and equipment necessary to build electrical circuits to the hardware and software that would enable students to print their own 3D prototypes. Some makerspaces even include traditional woodworking and crafting tools.

While the value of time spent tinkering may not be immediately apparent to some, makerspace proponents say hands-on work helps students hone their critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities, all while encouraging them to collaborate with peers. With those competencies in their toolkit, students can more easily navigate the STEM education network and, eventually, the workplace.

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 25, 2015 10:32 AM

Informal learning takes place on a daily basis when students are allowed to explore their potential with #MakerSpaces or design.

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Our Makerspace Journey - Renovated Learning @DianaRendina

Our Makerspace Journey - Renovated Learning @DianaRendina | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Our Makerspace has changed, grown and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014.  Follow along with the story of our journey here.  Hopefully it will inspire you to start your own Maker journey

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Max Wright's curator insight, September 9, 2015 12:41 AM

Nice log of a Maker evolution

Jessica Cox's curator insight, September 20, 2015 4:20 PM

Blog: I would love to have a Makerspace in the media center!

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Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch - Edutopia @gravescolleen | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.

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John Evans's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:45 PM

Previous link didn't seem to work. This one should.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 8, 2015 6:42 PM

Go online to learn how to bring makerspaces and the making culture to your school or library.  Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

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What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools? | FabLearn Fellows

What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools? | FabLearn Fellows | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
In response to the question of what one actually learns from 3D printing, I thought more deeply about the work we do in our school. While I know conceiving an idea and shepherding it into a tangible form is significant, it is important to be able to articulate its value within an educational setting. It’s also important to reveal the many stages in digital fabrication, especially illuminating the often hidden design process where much of the learning takes place.

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A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn. This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement. A recent article in Newsweek sums it up nicely:

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TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab

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An inspiring inside peek into the Kaechele Library Maker Space, part of the TinkerSpace series that looks at art studios and maker spaces.


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21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers! — Emerging Education Technologies

21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers! — Emerging Education Technologies | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
With the explosion of 3D printing in schools around the world, the variety and impressiveness of things that students and teachers are printing with this powerful technology grows every day.

Check out all these different objects that have been created with 3D printers. Some of these items are changing people’s lives! Hopefully some of these ideas can inspire you to start exploring 3D printing, or to try something new if you’re already using this wonderful technology.

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Thats brilliant
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Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise

Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

A.J. Juliani writes: "Libraries are vastly important to our social and economic future. We often forget that in many communities, many schools, and many areas around our country (and the world) libraries serve as a refuge for not only reading but also learning.

 

There’s a movement in the United States and many other countries to add makerspaces to libaries. We are going through a process now in my school district of planning and looking at what a library should look like in 2016 and beyond.

 

I know libraries are a sacred place because I was a bookworm growing up. I also know that these spaces can be used for making, creating, and designing, as much as they can be used for reading, researching, and consuming information.

 

But in a rush to make the library more about creation, we must not forget that it is a place that still needs to be focused on literacy. It still needs books, it needs adults to encourage reading, it needs to be open and safe and free."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 14, 2:46 PM

I quoted too much of A.J.'s article because it was too hard to choose a single paragraph! This is a great love letter to libraries. Keep it handy for anyone who thinks they don't matter or read it when you need a reminder 

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5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
In the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, makerspaces were recognized as one the six most important educational technology developments.

“Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report says.

As Laura Fleming, a library media specialist from New Milford (Conn.) High School, said in the Spring 2016 issue of EdTech: Focus on K–12, a good makerspace is one that puts the learner first.

That being said, creating a makerspace that teaches students the skills to aid them in creative and technological futures doesn’t necessarily require renovations and a rollout of new tech.

Fleming’s space, for example, thrives on donations of old computers from her school’s IT department. Here are five other ways to create a makerspace now.

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The perfect makerspace toolbox

In this Ignite video from ISTE 2015, Vinnie Vrotny shares the digital age "gifts" that educators must give their students to encourage exploration.

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You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers

You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, my brother and I built a "roller coaster" in the backyard with a wagon, some scraps of wood, and tons of pipes. Was i

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Creating is not just a 'nice' activity; it transforms, connects and empowers

Creating is not just a 'nice' activity; it transforms, connects and empowers | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
But when we give children the time and space to make – and present them with a pile of materials – they fall to it with such a will. The appetite to make is there, even when no one speaks of it.

Making connects the hand, eye and brain in a very special way. It’s empowering for both maker and viewer. The act of making is optimistic; it’s an act of faith. People of all ages feel better for doing it.

Making can also be very social – conversations can meander while hands are kept busy. But it can also be very personal and give confidence to children who listen to their own internal monologue that takes place as they make in solitude.

If we want a world full of creative, entrepreneurial thinkers, we need to enable and sustain making from a very young age. Not all of us will become sculptors or engineers or designers, but we will become more connected, rounded and creative people.

So while making may sometimes seem inconvenient, we need to find the time, space and resources to make it happen.

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The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning

The Value of Guided Projects in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Guidelines and instructions are not the enemy of makerspaces.  Working through guided projects can help students to develop the skills that they need to further explore creatively.  It’s true that some students can just figure it out, but most need that gentle push to get them started.  While things like LEGOs and K’nex are intuitive, many other activities are not.  If you just sat me down in front of an Arduino with no guidance, I wouldn’t have a clue what to do.  But after following some example projects, I can start to feel more comfortable with branching out on my own.

The problem comes when all we ever do are guided projects.  Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager warn against the “20 identical birdhouses” style class projects, where there is zero creativity involved.  It’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing too much on standards, rubrics and guided projects and zapping all the fun and creativity out, turning a makerspace into nothing more than another classroom.  It’s tempting for many educators to just print out a list of instructions, sit students down in front of a “maker kit” and check their e-mail while students work through the steps one by one.  This is obviously not what we want in our makerspaces.

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100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist

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Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more.

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nihal abitiu's curator insight, September 22, 2015 6:20 AM

100 Engineering Projects for Kids

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 17, 9:33 PM

This is great and just in time to help parents help their kiddos with science fair type projects.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 18, 2:47 AM

Wow! 100 great ideas!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Learning to Program With MaKey MaKey in Elementary School

Free Technology for Teachers: Learning to Program With MaKey MaKey in Elementary School | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Computer programming has become the new "literacy" that many teachers and school districts are implementing to help students exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students of all ages gravitate towards creating and implementing programs--large and small--that they create digitally. Our technology department recently purchased two MaKey MaKeys for every elementary ITRT to use when collaborating with teachers on special projects that involve computer programming.

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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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magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 26, 2015 3:18 AM

Great project ideas!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 15, 2015 3:39 PM

Tons of #STEM #Resources for all grades.  #Classroom #STEAM

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Website: MakerSpace

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Hobbyists, Scholars and their Learning Environments (EdSurge News)

Hobbyists, Scholars and their Learning Environments (EdSurge News) | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Why won’t my daughter engage with school? Is she lazy? Is it too hard? Does she have issues with authority? The answers to these questions lies in her hobbies and the different learning environments she has for each one.


With so much authentic interest-driven opportunity in the outside world, it is incumbent on schools to help kids engage deeply. i


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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, 2015 2:54 PM

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

Daniel Lobo Ríos's curator insight, August 9, 2015 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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Making Across the Curriculum for Elementary & Primary - @venspired

Making Across the Curriculum for Elementary & Primary -  @venspired | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Making is not just about STEAM, reserved for science class, or even meant to be just an activity for after school.  Making across the curriculum can change the way students are thinking, interacting, collaborating, and engaged.  Gather some simple materials, offer students the chance to design, create, and dream up a new way to engage and connect with the world.  For example, integrating making into reflecting on a favorite book, creating to demonstrate a concept visually, investigating and interpreting the use of materials to show thinking?  It takes learning to a whole new level, allows students to drive, and best of all? It can be FUN!   It can be overwhelming to look at the products and projects floating around the internet and people often ask, “Where do I even begin?”  Here are a few simple ways to get started with making in your classroom – no matter what subject you teach!"


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