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A sampling of resources collected to introduce maker-based, invent-to-learn, and STEAM pedagogies and how they are being used at Emerson Prep. We emphasize experimentation, innovation, and testing of ideas through hands-on activities.

For more information, see our Scoop.it! collections on Maker Pedagogy and on Maker Resources, and don't miss our link to the Emerson Maker Club Facebook page!
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What is Maker Culture?

A brief definition of the Maker Movement and its pedagogical connections. Taken from the "Innovating Pedagogy 2013" report out of the Institute of Educational Technology and the Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology at UK's The Open University.

 
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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

"An good introductory article on how Maker pedagogy can transform classroom learning."

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Making Karakuri in the Emerson Maker Club

Making Karakuri in the Emerson Maker Club | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

Pictures from the Emerson Maker Club's first foray into making karakuri: mechanical paper models that move.

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Hacking the Classroom: Embracing the Maker Concept As a Technology Education Pedagogy

Hacking the Classroom: Embracing the Maker Concept As a Technology Education Pedagogy | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

A good introductory article on the potential of Maker Pedagogy.

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Digitally Interfaced Book: Paper, Graphite, Makey Makey, Scratch, and Imagination | NWP Digital Is

Digitally Interfaced Book: Paper, Graphite, Makey Makey, Scratch, and Imagination | NWP Digital Is | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

A National Writing Project tutorial on making a paper-based books that interact with student made computer programs.

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Emerson's Maker Club Making Some Noise

From our first day with Arduinos in the Maker Club: Using a Piezo Buzzer to play a musical scale. It's not a pretty sound, but it works!

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High-Low Tech – Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits

High-Low Tech – Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

A short, workshop-based guide to exploring electronic-textiles: the combination of traditional sewing and textile crafts with electronic componets from conductive thread and fabrics to lights, batteries, switches, and sensors.

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The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it
As kids head back school this fall, educators and researchers are teaming up to figure out what kids learn from tinkering, and how it may help prepare them for the future.
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Making in the Emerson Classroom: Studying Mechanical Force in Physics

Making in the Emerson Classroom: Studying Mechanical Force in Physics | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

Part of the growing collection of working paper mechanical devices being made in Physics. After we finish working through all 10 models of cams, cranks, gears, and Geneva stops and explore how we can link them together, we'll use the devices to create our own mecanical inventions.

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Emerson Maker Club Makes a Play-Doh Keypad

Using a MaKey MaKey, we tested out the conductivity of Play-Doh, grapes, dominos, graphite on paper, and our own skin, attempting to use each as an input device to play Pac Man and a virtual piano. Dominos, at least the ones we had, aren't conductive. Everything else worked just fine.

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The National Writing Project's Workshop on Paper Circuits

The National Writing Project's Workshop on Paper Circuits | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

"Central to the 'Hack Your Notebook' seminar was a booklet of templates produced through collaboration between the National Writing Project, Jie Qi, and David and Jennifer’s educational consulting groups CV2 and NEXMAP. I photocopied the most relevant pages from the booklet. These templates lead the user through the creation of a basic circuit by 'drawing in the lines' with the conductive tape. The 'brilliance' of these templates is that upon completion of the coin-battery powered circuit, turning the page reveals that you had been building a narrative at the same time."

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Making in the Emerson Classroom: Turning an LED on and off with push button inputs.

Making in the Emerson Classroom: Turning an LED on and off with push button inputs. | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

In Issues in Science we've been playing with Arduino microcontrollers. In this short video, an Emerson student demonstrates a digital input circuit using push buttons to turn a LED on and off.

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Maker Lab in the Humanities

Maker Lab in the Humanities | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

University of Victoria's Maker Lab in the Humanities. A view of what is being done at the university level and a vision to which we might aspire.

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Jay Silver: Can Anyone Become A Hacker?

Jay Silver: Can Anyone Become A Hacker? | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

Jay Silver, MIT Media Lab graduate and co-inventor of the MaKey MaKey talks about the power and importance of invent-to-learn and Maker pedagogy. Video except from Jay Silver's TED Talk.  (5 min 14 sec.)

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Emerson Prep Maker Club Facebook Page

Emerson Prep Maker Club Facebook Page | Making at Emerson | Scoop.it

Emerson’s Making Club welcomes all kinds of making including traditional arts & handicrafts; making mashups and remixes; developing board and video games; tinkering; programming; and working with microcontrollers.

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