Tinkering and Innovating in Education
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Teach the Web

Teach the Web | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Teach the Web has something for everyone who wants to get more closely involved with the Making and Learning Movements. #teachtheweb seeks to create an online space to connect, explore and make – and then transfer that energy into real life learning spaces.

 

In this 9-week course you’ll work with others on projects that hone your web teaching skills. Posts on the Topics and Tasks will be published weekly and experienced Webmaker Super Mentors are ready to give tips on tech and facilitation support. #teachtheweb"

 

from source: http://hivenyc.org/teachtheweb/

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ghbrett's curator insight, April 30, 2013 11:58 AM

This looks to be a very interesting and useful making activity. #teachtheweb already has introduced me to new tools for producing and publishing content and media for web resources that can be used for education and other areas.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 3 Awesome Apps for Teachers to Create their Own Apps | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"I have been doing a lot of apps review here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but I have never posted about the tools you as teachers and educators can use to create your own apps. Just lower your eyebrows down, you can do it without any coding knowledge. Of course Android and Apple do provide tech savyy guys with the tools necessary to create their own apps but for us who know nothing about SDK and app development skills, platforms like the ones below will serve the purpose. You can create your app in less than a minute and the process is completely free." - from the Source: 

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 26, 2013 12:30 PM

This article introduces teachers to three applications that will permit them and their students to innovate and tinker with programming to create their own applications. There are well known people who say that programming should be a part of every educational curriculum. Well, here's a second step.  I think Logo and Mindstorms rank among the first that have been used in schools for a long time.

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TechShop is America's 1st Nationwide Open-Access Public Workshop -- What Do You Want To Make at TechShop?

TechShop is a membership-based do-it-yourself workshop that provides members with the use of tools and equipment, classes and a vibrant and creative community of people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
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Another amazing resource for tinkering, making, creating and sharing. There are a number TechShops in different cities across the US. I am pleased that there is one in planning for Washington D.C.

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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/

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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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Makerspaces in Education and DARPA

Makerspaces in Education and DARPA | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"...  In 2011, Saul Griffith and I, representing Otherlab and O’Reilly Media’s MAKE division, respectively, learned that DARPA selected our MENTOR proposal to bring the practices of making into education and extend the maker movement into schools. The new tools and methods of collaboration that are shared within the maker community need to be brought to schools, and it was going to take a major effort to make this happen. Our program would encourage schools to engage more kids in making by creating makerspaces and providing access to these tools for student projects, and use Maker Faire to showcase more work from students. We announced the program early in 2012 on makerspace.com." from source:  http://blog.makezine.com

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TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes

TechShop: Welcome To Your Neighborhood Xerox Parc - Forbes | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
In 2006 Jim Newton, a former MythBusters science adviser and BattleBots competitor, paged through his notebook filled with 224 invention ideas. 

 

"...Now with six locations charging a $125 monthly fee, TechShop offers members–amateurs and engineers alike– work-space and access to every conceivable tool required to create their inventions. “Making things is fundamental to what it means to be human,” pines CEO Mark Hatch, citing work by Jung and Hegel to make his point. “For the price of a Starbucks addiction, we give you tools to make whatever you want.”" from source: http://www.forbes.com/

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Tinkering and making requires the right skill and tools. Emerging services and locations like TechShop and MakerPlace are fulfilling these needs. This article from Forbes does a good job explaining some of the resources, products and concepts of a tinkerer and maker friendly resource. It is a worthwhile read.

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MakerPlace - Home

MakerPlace - Home | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"San Diego's premiere membership based work space."

 

"We’ll provide the tools, software and space…you bring the creativity, innovation and imagination." -- from the source: http://www.makerplace.com/

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This is an amazing resource. It's a shame that it is so far away from where I am.

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Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker!

Tinkering School: Think, Make, Tinker! | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Gever Tulley founded Tinkering School in 2005 in order to learn how children become competent and to explore the notion that kids can build anything, and through building, learn anything. The foundation of Tinkering School is putting power-tools in the hands of 8 year-olds; using real tools and real materials to build big projects. Really big projects.

 

Starting with a rollercoaster in 2005 (100' of track and big enough for any of the kids or adults to ride), the kids at Tinkering School have built a 3-story 30' tall treehouse (with no permanent attachment to the tree), a rope bridge made from plastic shopping bags (strong enough to hold all 8 tinkerers - simultaneously), and any number of vehicles and boats (tested, of course, on the Pacific Ocean waters of Half Moon Bay)."

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This is a great site for examples about Tinkering in education. It has links to Partner Programs in other locations, recent projects, school news, 2013 sessions list, Highlights, and more. Also listed is a new project, Brightworks, an innovative K-12 alternative school that is dedicated to hands-on, engagement based learning.

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