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Tinkering and Innovating in Education
This topic is about Tinkering & Innovating in education. Cover photo c/o Gever Tulley http://bit.ly/XOb9ku
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Brightworks: An Extraordinary School

"Brightworks is a school that reimagines education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning, we strive to meet students’ needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship." 

-- from source: http://sfbrightworks.org

ghbrett's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:26 PM

This site is a wonderful resource. Brightworks is a great innovative school found by Gever Tulley, Education Architect. You can read more about him on the Brightworks staff page.


Be sure to also have a look at the Brightworks Arc pages for more detail about the structure employed "... At Brightworks, students explore ideas and pursue their interests through a structure we call an arc. Each arc takes as its premise a central theme, to be explored from multiple perspectives. Students interact with this theme in three different phases: exploration, expression, and exposition." http://sfbrightworks.org/the-brightworks-arc/

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Transformative Learning Technologies Lab | Transformative Learning Technologies Lab

Transformative Learning Technologies Lab | Transformative Learning Technologies Lab | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"What does the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab do?


Our mission is to improve the teaching of science, technology engineering, and math (STEM) in schools. Everything we develop -- from low-cost robotics kits to full-blown digital fabrication labs -- is in support of project-based, student-centered learning in STEM. Unlike traditional science and math education, which places great emphasis on rote memorization of facts and formulas, our focus is on invention, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving. Students in our digital fabrication labs learn science by creating inventions to solve real-world problems, and by designing scientific experiments to examine their own theories about nature." from source: http://tltl.stanford.edu/

ghbrett's insight:

This is a case where tinkering and making are done in a more formal setting. The end results are objects that most often have been designed by students of Education to be used by students in K-12 classrooms. Plus those using the digital fabrication labs become more aware of the nature of "project-based, student-centered learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)."

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