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Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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About Us | School Factory

"The School Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates value-creating communities and spaces that transform education.

 

 ... Space Federation -- We support and create community environments like hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces, and other places where diverse communities come together to build, make, and teach one another.

 

 ... Emergentcy Schools -- We support and create programs that engage people in the creation of communities of practice--focused on a culture of creativity, constructivism, and project-based learning.

 

... The Space Federation -- The Space Federation program helps connect people who make hackerspaces, makerspaces, co-working spaces and other creative/community environments to share resources and ideas.

 

> Any space can join the Space Federation for free.

 

> Activities are created and delivered according to open source principles and philosophies where possible. This is about the commons.

 

> Being a member means joining our online community, participating in events and activities, and contributing to the growth of these spaces overall by sharing your experiences and ideas.

 

> We also provide non-profit incorporated spaces with fiscal sponsorship, enabling them to receive tax-deductible grants, donations, and contributions from the start, for which we charge a small administrative fee. Fiscal sponsorship is not required for membership in the Space Federation." from source: http://schoolfactory.org/

ghbrett's insight:

As I am making my way into the emerging world of Maker Spaces and Emergentcy Schools and such, The School Factory demonstrates an exciting concept of not only supporting a geographically local community, it is connecting other such organizations as well. I imagine The School Factory would be a good resource for any group who intend to start or setup a tinkering or making space for education, training, and fun. 

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Ithaca Generator

Ithaca Generator | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Ithaca Generator is a Makerspace, a place for inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists to come together and share resources, ideas and projects. We provide workshop space, tools, classes and social opportunities for makers in the local community." from source: http://ithacagenerator.org/

ghbrett's insight:

The Ithaca Generator is a facility that recently opened its doors in March 2013. Already you can see on their web pages how they are growing and using their maker skills to design and build the furniture and tools they need to have on hand for projects to come. If you are in this area of New York, you should visit their facilities.

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Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age | Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age:


> Eric Siegel: Peers and Colleagues Build Student Confidence
     New York Hall of Science Director Eric Siegel describes the optimal museum experience and how we can map those kinds of experiences onto our schools.

 

> Mike Petrich: An Invitation to The Learning Studio
     Exploratorium PIE Co-director Mike Petrich says that engagement means empowerment and tinkering and play could be a regular part of a public school day.

 

> Jamie Cortez: Try it and Fail
     San Francisco artist/performer/teacher Jamie Cortez talks about roadblocks to tinkering and creativity in the traditional school setting.

 

> Allison Clark: You Can Still Be You and Become a Scientist
     Allison Clark of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign gives an up-close "tour" of the Hip Hop Information Technology Tour that empowers students to tinker with technology.

 

> John Seely Brown: The Open Architectural Studio
     Scientist, Speaker, Writer, Teacher John Seely Brown sees creativity lacking in today’s teaching and learning environment."

-- from source: http://www.carnegiefoundation.org

ghbrett's insight:

This page leads to five other pages with summaries and video interviews with the authors about their topic. A great resource for integrating tinkering as a mode of knowledge in curriculum for education and training.

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MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site)

MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone - Buy Direct (Official Site) | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"MaKey MaKey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

 

... "We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. We believe that the whole world is a construction kit, if we choose to see it that way.

 

We are inspired by the Maker Movement. We want to help people start to think of themselves as Makers and agents of change. When you have the "Maker's Mindset," you know you can change the world."" from source: http://makeymakey.com/

ghbrett's insight:

Makey Makey can be compared to a 21rst century Erector Set. An Erector Set with nuts, bolts, steel strips in various shapes with holes in them allowed the builder to create amazing things. Makey Makey does the same with digital technology. You can build, create, design, prototype amazing things. Their web site shows how an eight year old girl invented and created a virtual piece of wood to be cut with a real knife. Or how about making a piano from bananas? Check it out!

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