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My New Book: Your Guide to Makerspaces @TheNerdyTeacher  #MakerEd #makerspaces

My New Book: Your Guide to Makerspaces @TheNerdyTeacher  #MakerEd #makerspaces | technology | Scoop.it
I've spent a few months putting together everything I have learned during my Maker adventures and wanted to share all of it with anyone looking to start their own Makerspace escapades at their school.

I was originally going to self publish this on Kindle and see where it goes, but two amazing people, AJ Juliani and John Spencer, reached out to me and asked if I wanted to be the first author to sign up with their new publishing company BLEND Education. After talking about my vision of the book and how they could support me, I signed up and they have helped me make an awesome book a little more awesomer. :-)

We are currently working on the formatting, layout, design, etc. of the book and we should have it all done by the start of September. This will be a physical copy of the book I've been thinking about doing for a year and am excited to go through the process of bringing it to life. As a small appetizer, I'm releasing the first chapter of the book to those that might be interested to see where I'm going with this book. By signing up below, you will be sent an email with the PDF of Chapter 1. You will receive updates, Maker tips and tricks, and other Makerspace goodies leading up to the launch of the book.

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Genius Hour & Makerspace

Genius Hour & Makerspace | technology | Scoop.it

"As the school year draws to a close, many reflections are running around in my brain. The biggest one though stemmed from a question I have asked myself about our school mascot, the penguin. Why a penguin? They are cute, and fun to observe; but where is the value in having this little formal wearing bird as a mascot? After much reading and many discussions all via twitter chats, I have come to discover that being a penguin is an amazing feat...maybe even more amazing than one may realize. I have observed and interacted with my students in new, scary, unchartered, and sometimes crazy fun waters this year (Genius Hour, Maker Space, STEAM, getting ipads, etc.) and through it all have come to  realize what it means for my students to Live Like a Penguin. 


I am sure many of you educators out there have heard of the author, Dave Burgess, who wrote "How to Teach Like a Pirate", "How to Learn Like a Pirate", etc. In his books he assigns term to each letter of PIRATE that encourage innovation, risk taking, and determination.  Taking inspiration from him, I have come up with an acronym for our mascot, the PENGUIN that seems to truly fit how my students and I lived this year of teaching and learning and how I hope we both continue to so in our futures.
​Live like a PENGUIN:"


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Preparing Students To Produce Digital Content

Preparing Students To Produce Digital Content | technology | Scoop.it
Keep these concepts in mind when teaching students how to approach creating digital content, from activities as simple as formatting a letter, to drafting an email, to creating multi-media projects, and more. The sky is the limit when it comes to digital content creation; and the classroom is an important place for students to learn the skills they’ll need to communicate and thrive in today’s digital world.

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Jose Antonio's curator insight, October 20, 2015 4:52 AM

Because we want to get that they are really well prepared for the tomorrow school

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 20, 2015 4:39 PM

adicionar sua visão ...

Bonaventura Di Bello's curator insight, October 27, 2015 4:34 AM

I giovani sono già abili FRUITORI di contenuti digitali... forse è arrivato il momento di renderli anche capaci di CREARE questo genere di contenuti...

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Merry Makers | K12 Online Conference @LivingMaths #makered

Merry Makers | K12 Online Conference @LivingMaths #makered | technology | Scoop.it
As the Head of the Imagination Chapter in Cape Town, I get to help young students and their parents get in touch with their creative juices every week. I then connect with other chapter leaders around the world and we share our ideas and experiences. I will include footage and photos in my presentation, share ideas and give you a small taste of some of our projects. I hope that you are encouraged to create a maker space at school and promote making activities to your students.

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Digital Citizenship for Elementary Kids: 6 Awesome Activities

Digital Citizenship for Elementary Kids: 6 Awesome Activities | technology | Scoop.it
On one of our many walks to school, my 11-year-old son asked, “What are you blogging about these days, Dad?” I replied, “Digital Citizenship and elementary kids. So, what is it that kids do on computers most?

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4 Key Elements of Great Infographic Design

The strict definition of an infographic is deceptively simple: “a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data,” but when we hear the word we’re not thinking of a neat little pie chart or line graph.


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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education

The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education | technology | Scoop.it
Here are some graphics, Thinglinks, and the slideshow I created for my Mindset of the Maker Educator Workshop:  

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 7, 2015 7:22 AM

Jackie Gerstein does a wonderful job developing graphics and a slide deck to explain how a Maker Educator needs to rethink his/her role and take on new mindsets. 

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How You Can Become a Champion of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom | DigitalCitiZEN | eSkills | ICT

How You Can Become a Champion of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom | DigitalCitiZEN | eSkills | ICT | technology | Scoop.it
My students often travel with me when I lead professional development at conferences. A few weeks ago, eight-year-old Carson Griffin (pictured here to the right) was helping me lead a session for teachers on “iPads for Elementary Learners,” and we were talking about our classroom Twitter account as

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/learning-to-become-a-good-digital-citizen-digital-citizenship/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/

 


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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, June 28, 2015 11:27 AM

O conceito de cidadania digital explorado.

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Thats cold
Tony Palmeri's curator insight, October 25, 2015 10:32 AM

I scooped this article because I just this week led students on a conversation about digital citizenship (in my 1st hour advisory period). Educating students on digital citizenship is important and must be intentionally addressed. I like the resources posted here that support and help to describe the pitfalls of social media. Also, technology has evolved and is so available that young children are seemingly able to use it effortlessly. However, their grasp of language and understanding how their words are interpreted is often more deficient than the ability to use and navigate the internet. So, monitoring and attending to these issues is a must for teachers and parents alike.  

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | technology | Scoop.it

Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty. If you fear that students may not have access to video lectures or get distracted from learning while on their own time, then teacher resources and equipment available in most schools solve this logistics problem. Wealth and home situation do not become a barrier to learning.

 


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Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes

Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes | technology | Scoop.it

Did you know that Google Docs has support for QR codes built-in? That's right, if you know the right function, the Spreadsheets app can generate QR codes with whatever inputs you like.



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Jenn Alevy's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:30 PM

This is awesome!

 

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, October 9, 2013 2:51 PM
Interesting,thank you.
harish magan's comment, October 11, 2013 8:00 AM
hi, thanks to all .
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Curation as a tool for teaching and learning

What is curation anyway, and how can it be used as a tool for student and teacher learning? This essay will investigate what curation is and the different contexts it is used in. Why is it important; who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator? What processes and tools are used for curation and what digital literacies are required for successful curation? It will conclude with an investigation into ways teachers can use curation both with and for their students and as a tool for their own professional learning and a brief look at some curation tools.


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Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2014 2:17 AM

Who are the curators, what motivates them and what makes a great curator?

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 2014 2:01 PM

Nice essay about curation. A useful example of using storify

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 2015 10:13 PM

Excellent article. Worth a read to clarify the importance of content curation. 

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Maker Camp - Google

Maker Camp - Google | technology | Scoop.it
A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring

 

Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it."


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John Evans's curator insight, July 7, 2014 6:51 AM

Begins TODAY!

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Google Launching New Push To Get Girls Into Coding - Huff Post

Google Launching New Push To Get Girls Into Coding - Huff Post | technology | Scoop.it

" Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man's world."


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When You’re Constructing Your Makerspace – @krissyvenosdale

When You’re Constructing Your Makerspace – @krissyvenosdale | technology | Scoop.it
Did you ever watch a kid figure something out? It’s magic.  Engagement is obvious.  Mentally and physically the kid is “all in.”  There is something so great about a kid creating with a pile of raw materials, solving a problem in his or her own way, or inventing something that doesn’t yet exist.

All of these thoughts have sent me back to reading the work of Seymour Papert.  His legacy is well defined in this article.  It amazes me to think  that before I was born, Logo was invented to be used by children. The vision of knowing that the benefits of having children program the computers, rather than having computer teach them was alive in the group creating Logo before schools were even filled with computers.

And here were are. Fast forward years and schools are embracing the idea of the makerspace.  But are they embracing the ideas of Seymour Papert and Constructionism?

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Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect

Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect | technology | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I recall walking past the door of our school makerspace and noticing a crowd of kids surrounding a table. Inside a group of 5th and 6th graders were hovering around someone, listening intently to directions. As I inched closer I heard the quiet voice of a parent demonstrating how to do several hand stitches. The mom, a PTA regular and all-around super volunteer, was showing our students some basics in sewing. Both boys and girls watched as she shared tips and tricks. Soon the students dispersed and moved back to their workspaces around the room working on their pillows, shirts, purses, and other sewing projects.

The parent volunteered an hour each Tuesday around lunchtime to work with our students during our “open studio” time. She served as a facilitator and mentor to young makers in our elementary school for several years. The connection that she made with students helped to demonstrate the link between hands-on learning and its purpose in the real world, as well as the value that parents and community bring to the school setting. This type of active parent involvement is one effective way to begin building a network of creativity and innovation in your school

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 25, 7:29 AM
Getting parents involved is always a challenge. Here's a great way to make this happen.
Lihi Telem's curator insight, June 27, 7:19 AM
עוד מאמר יפה על הפשטות שמאחורי הקמת מרכז יצירה
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Girls #Make IT – #Circuits #Coding and #eTextiles -K12 Online Conference #makered

Girls #Make IT – #Circuits #Coding and #eTextiles -K12 Online Conference #makered | technology | Scoop.it
Presentation Title: Girls Make IT – Circuits Coding and eTextiles

Presentation Description: The workshop will highlight the evolution of a project that has been successful in engaging girls in coding via Making with Soft Circuits and eTextiles. Inspired by M.I.T. ‘s robotic garden, Lucie deLaBruere is developing coding lessons/activities that helps students create LED enhanced artifacts for a collaborative community garden and learn to code a Lilypad Arduino microprocessor to give each artifact a unique presence in the garden. The project not only builds interest in coding, it also builds confidence in your ability to code

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15 Common Mistakes Teachers Make Teaching With Technology

15 Common Mistakes Teachers Make Teaching With Technology | technology | Scoop.it
15 Common Mistakes Teachers Make Teaching With Technology
by Terry Heick
The role of technology in learning isn’t entirely clear–or rather, is subjective.

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10 Reasons to Love Google Docs

10 Reasons to Love Google Docs | technology | Scoop.it
Learn to love Google Docs more than you already do with these 10 awesome tips.

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Why & How to Green Screen in class - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Why & How to Green Screen in class - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | technology | Scoop.it

"Finding interesting ways to evaluate, reflect and report on work and projects can be tricky. Many students struggle to engage with the reflection properly as it is often a dry, unentertaining end to any unit or project. But that’s where the Green Screen App can help. (How-to help sheet below)

 

Remember:


People don’t learn from experience.
People learn when reflecting on experience.
People learn more when they can witness their own reflection."

 


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, July 5, 2015 7:39 AM

Ik heb de app al, nu nog een groen scherm.

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If You Give A Student A Website...

If You Give A Student A Website... | technology | Scoop.it
A Rhyme? Why not! Let's start out in a rather unconventional way. Just in case you aren't familiar, the title of this post is a play on the popular children's book, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, by...

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love the rhyme. Very cute for wall.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 27, 2015 12:10 PM

A playful piece, with wisdom.

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Teaching is harder–and more rewarding–than ever

Teaching is harder–and more rewarding–than ever | technology | Scoop.it

'Teaching Is Harder--And More Rewarding--Than Ever ...'

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Computer Science: The Future of Education

Computer Science: The Future of Education | technology | Scoop.it
Robust computer science curriculum is necessary for our society's future. Here are five steps to engage teachers and students in this critical area of study.

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Aris P. Louvris's curator insight, August 25, 2014 6:40 AM

Η επιστήμη της Πληροφορικής: το μέλλον της εκπαίδευσης

Javier Marrero Acosta's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:32 AM

Curriculum y robótica

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 26, 2014 12:49 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Learning ability in math and reading are tightly linked and highly genetic, scientists say

Learning ability in math and reading are tightly linked and highly genetic, scientists say | technology | Scoop.it

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the University of Oxford and King’s College London who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.


While mathematics and reading ability are known to run in families, the complex system of genes affecting these traits is largely unknown. The finding deepens scientists’ understanding of how nature and nurture interact, highlighting the important role that a child’s learning environment may have on the development of reading and mathematics skills, and the complex, shared genetic basis of these cognitive traits.

 

The collaborative study, published today in Nature Communications as part of the Wellcome Trust Case-Control Consortium, used data from the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) to analyse the influence of genetics on the reading and mathematics performance of 12-year-old children from nearly 2,800 British families.

 

Twins and unrelated children were tested for reading comprehension and fluency, and answered mathematics questions based on the UK national curriculum. The information collected from these tests was combined with DNA data, showing a substantial overlap in the genetic variants that influence mathematics and reading. 


Dr Chris Spencer (Oxford University), lead author said: “We’re moving into a world where analysing millions of DNA changes, in thousands of individuals, is a routine tool in helping scientists to understand aspects of human biology. This study used the technique to help investigate the overlap in the genetic component of reading and maths ability in children. Interestingly, the same method can be applied to pretty much any human trait, for example to identify new links between diseases and disorders, or the way in which people respond to treatments.”


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Rick Frank's curator insight, July 14, 2014 5:27 AM

I can hear the protesters screaming already :)

Diane Johnson's curator insight, July 14, 2014 12:24 PM

Really interesting - the more we know about our genetic underpinnings, the more we know there is to learn.

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Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, swarm satellites show

Earth's magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than originally predicted, swarm satellites show | technology | Scoop.it

Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from huge blasts of deadly solar radiation, has been weakening over the past six months, according to data collected by a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite array called Swarm.

 

The biggest weak spots in the magnetic field — which extends 370,000 miles (600,000 kilometers) above the planet's surface — have sprung up over the Western Hemisphere, while the field has strengthened over areas like the southern Indian Ocean, according to the magnetometers onboard the Swarm satellites — three separate satellites floating in tandem.

 

The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is that Earth's magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA's Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia.

 

In fact over the past 20 million years, our planet has settled into a pattern of a pole reversal about every 200,000 to 300,000 years; as of 2012, however, it has been more than twice that long since the last reversal. These reversals aren't split-second flips, and instead occur over hundreds or thousands of years. During this lengthy stint, the magnetic poles start to wander away from the region around the spin poles (the axis around which our planet spins), and eventually end up switched around, according to Cornell University astronomers.


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7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School - Fractus Learning

7 Steps to Start a Coding Club at Your School - Fractus Learning | technology | Scoop.it
If you are inspired to start a Coding Club at your school this seven step guide will help turn that inspiration into action and reality.

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El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, July 10, 2014 10:16 AM

We had a group of kids that loved working on Scratch last year so I would like to try and expand on that in our Makerspace.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 10, 2014 10:40 AM

Anyone interested in a coding club?

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 10, 2014 4:34 PM

I need to start one of these!