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An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry For What I Am About To Do To You

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry For What I Am About To Do To You | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it

To all of my precious students, I am sorry for what I am about to do to you. This week, I am going to have to give you a new test. It's called PARCC. There will be five separate tests, on four separate days, and my guess is that most of you will hate them.  My guess is that one or two of you will be brought to tears because they will make you feel like you are not smart enough.  

My guess is that several of you will give up part way through the test and just start clicking around on the screen. My guess is that some of you will look around at the students sitting next to you to try and figure out if they are also as confused as you are in the hopes of knowing that you are not the only way feeling this way.  My guess is that more than a handful of you will, at some time during the test, ask me to come over and help you with something and I will not be able to.

My guess is that almost all of you will wonder what these tests have to do with the learning and growing that we are doing every day in our classroom because you know that our learning has meaning and purpose in this world and you cannot figure out how these tests could possibly do that.  My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests.


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To all of my precious students, I am sorry for what I am about to do to you. This week, I am going to have to give you a new test. It's called PARCC. There will be five separate tests, on four separate days, and my guess is that most of you will hate them.  My guess is that one or two of you will be brought to tears because they will make you feel like you are not smart enough.  

My guess is that several of you will give up part way through the test and just start clicking around on the screen. My guess is that some of you will look around at the students sitting next to you to try and figure out if they are also as confused as you are in the hopes of knowing that you are not the only way feeling this way.  My guess is that more than a handful of you will, at some time during the test, ask me to come over and help you with something and I will not be able to.

My guess is that almost all of you will wonder what these tests have to do with the learning and growing that we are doing every day in our classroom because you know that our learning has meaning and purpose in this world and you cannot figure out how these tests could possibly do that.  My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests.


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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 9, 2015 12:22 PM

Sad, but all too true. What are we thinking?

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Makerspace lets kids play with power tools to encourage creativity and confidence - Wired.co.uk

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Makerspace lets kids play with power tools to encourage creativity and confidence
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In Toronto, three-year-olds are using power drills, soldering irons and saws in the world's only makerspace for kids.

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Tyler Chabalie's curator insight, November 16, 2014 4:05 PM

I found this to be a very interesting article on how we can get kids more involved from an earlier age with more "hands on" tasks, like using power tools in a safe environment.

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Edutopia - Designing a School Makerspace

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"Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 5, 2013 6:52 PM

The simple questions posed in this post will help guide you to work out if developing a makespace is for your community.

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Reflections on Maker Education: Things we have learned - Part 1

Reflections on Maker Education: Things we have learned - Part 1 | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it
@ka81 and @markfeltham666 - All views are our own MakerEd: towards an alternative teaching and learning universe My other half @ka81 and I are both educators and avid makers. Caroline teaches physi...
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Maker Education: why you don't need to be a 'TECH-spert' to build cool things...

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Apps in Education: Can the Maker Movement be Virtual ?

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Gamifying the Maker Movement for Education » Online Universities

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PCWorld columnist Phil Shapiro begins a recent article on the Maker Movement by stating...

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Must-read report on maker-driven education

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Mimi sez, A new research report released by the Connected Learning Research Network is a call for educators, parents, youth, media-makers, geeks, creatives and intellectuals everywhere to work together to make the learning riches of the online...

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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education

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I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics.  As such and because of my passion for both of these area, I have been ...

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Kathy Renfrew's curator insight, December 14, 2014 10:17 PM

Having a growth mindset is the best thing we can do for our students but also for ourselves.  One important part of our work is to help our students understand that learning doesn't happen easily all the time. Time and effort required.

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On Equity Issues in the Maker Movement, and Implications for Making and Learning - Hive NYC

On Equity Issues in the Maker Movement, and Implications for Making and Learning - Hive NYC | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it
This was originally posted on Rafi Santo’s blog. Rafi is Co-Project Lead on Hive Research Lab, an applied research partner of Hive NYC and a collaboration between Indiana University and New York University. If you’re interested in the intersection of the maker movement, education and equity, take a half an hour and watch the video …

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Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset

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Plan a maker education program by identifying the content and skills you want to develop, and approach it as teaching creativity via PBL and design thinking.

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Needed: Girls who make, women who code - Daily News & Analysis

Needed: Girls who make, women who code - Daily News & Analysis | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it

Needed: Girls who make, women who code - Till recently an underground movement almost akin to a counter-culture, the maker movement is now not just mainstream but disruptive.

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Spider-Inspired Sensor Detects Vibrations And Speech #Biomimicry

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Spider-inspired sensor detects vibrations and speech. via live science Some of humanity's greatest technologies were inspired by animals. Now, scientists, inspired by the movement-sensing organ of ...
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Designing classroom ‘makerspaces’ to transform learning in schools | Impact Lab

Designing classroom ‘makerspaces’ to transform learning in schools | Impact Lab | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it
The Maker movement emphasizes products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating. Learning in our

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace - Edutopia

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"The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, California to exhibit her water color robot as a representative of the Maker community. At the same event, the Corporation for National Service announced its commitment to place Americorps VISTAs in Maker movement organizations across the country. Maker Ed is placing those Maker VISTAs in makerspaces to help build their capacity for engaging low-income students as makers. In this spirit, we are starting to see more and more makerspaces springing up in schools across the country. If you are a teacher experimenting with making projects in your classroom, here are some successful fundraising strategies we've seen educators use to fund a makerspace for their school community."


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Teaching statistics MakerEd style: a day in the life of a University makerspace

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Today in the Uni makerspace we held a MEGA-BUILD day. First year Zoology, Animal Behaviour, Wildlife Conservation, Biology and Forensic Anthropology students have been working on a variety of proje...
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Drones, bones and mobile phones: a sneak peak at some student MakerEd projects

Drones, bones and mobile phones: a sneak peak at some student MakerEd projects | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it
It's been fun in the Uni Makerspace lately. The students have all been busy tinkering away for weeks now, prototyping and sorting their experiments ahead of next week's 'MEGA-BUILD DAY' when the fi...
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Hackable Roomba integrates Raspberry Pi - LinuxGizmos

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iRobot's hackable $200 "Create 2" version of its Roomba robot for STEM education can be programmed with a laptop, or via an onboard Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

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STEAM and Maker Education: Inclusive, Engaging, Self-Differentiating

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The maker movement has the opportunity to transform education by inviting students to be something other than consumers of education. They can become makers and creators of their own educational li...

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24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning

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24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning by Mike Acedo 1. http://makezine.com/ Makezine.com is a major hub for the maker’s movement, providing amateur makers and educators with a plethora of information, resources, and project...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:50 AM

Great ideas for library makerspaces!

Anna Rauvenpoor's curator insight, November 2, 2013 11:13 AM

So many fantastic resources here - fun too!

Karen Taylor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 7:16 PM

Blows the mind! An awesome list of resources to transform your learners into inventors. These resouces can be used to teach problem solving skills, ignite children's imagination and facilitate project-based learning. Great resources to engage boys/male learners too.

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Maker Faire Education Day and Educators’ Meetup

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We have two terrific education events happening the Thursday before Maker Faire, May 17th.
MAKE and Intel provide a unique educational opportunity for grades K-12, a preview tour of Maker Faire Bay Area.

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Building a Maker Business: Sharing, Education, Open Source and Conscience. Paul Beech.

Paul Beech presenting at Open Source Hardware Camp / Wuthering Bytes 2013. With thanks to Simon Cook at Embecosm for filming and editing.

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Thanks ! :)
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leading and learning: Educational Readings - the Maker Movement/purpose of education/Seth Godin and need for creative teachers

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 2014 7:51 PM

We need to find a balance between what is perceived as traditional and what is perceived as cutting edge. There is an in-between which allows experiencing and exploring.

 

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Inside the world's largest student-run hackathon: PennApps Winter 2015 - Technical.ly Philly

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More than 1,300 people showed up, hacking drones and virtual reality headsets. Here's a recap of the inventive things they built.

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Inventive pupils get digital as uni student holds workshop - Lancaster Today

Inventive pupils get digital as uni student holds workshop - Lancaster Today | #MakerEd   Think. Make. Learn. Share   @HEdWorks | Scoop.it

Pupils at Heysham High School were taught how to invent and deploy their own digitally-controlled devices in a free workshop run by a Lancaster University student.*

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