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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/

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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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Twitter / LEGO_Education: Thanks to all teachers making ...

Twitter / LEGO_Education: Thanks to all teachers making ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

LEGO_EDUCATION Tweet: Thanks to all teachers making a difference; shout out to our 50 LEAP educators for their hard work!

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LEGOs have come a long way since I was young. Now they have pneumatics, motors, and brains. Yes you can program LEGO objects to do tasks. Congratulations to Teachers helping students tinker with LEGOs.

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Cheetah robot 'beats Usain Bolt'

Cheetah robot 'beats Usain Bolt' | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
A robot called Cheetah achieves a speed faster than world record holder Usain Bolt. (RT @Logitech: Proof we live in the future: Watch a Cheetah robot run faster than Usain Bolt!
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Education leaders deliver first TED Talks on PBS | TED Talks Education | PBS

Education leaders deliver first TED Talks on PBS | TED Talks Education | PBS | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Thought leaders in education, including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, and Sir Ken Robinson, deliver the first-ever TED Talks on television. (RT @BillGates: How to improve our schools? Was happy to join #TEDTalksEd on future of 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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CCHEC offers DIY gardening basics class

CCHEC offers DIY gardening basics class | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
CCHEC offers DIY gardening basics class
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Sponsored by Carbon County Higher Education Center and the University of Wyoming Extension, the class begins at 9 a.m. at the Fairgrounds Multiplex in Rawlins.
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How can we make work in construction trendy?

How can we make work in construction trendy? | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The traditional educational and training methods are proving to be insufficient as the rapid emergence of new skill and quality requirements (for example those related to green building techniques) require much faster ...
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Local students impacting future generations through art education - TCPalm

Local students impacting future generations through art education - TCPalm | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Local students impacting future generations through art education TCPalm It's our goal to continue providing students with arts-education opportunities and delve deeper into the therapeutic benefits of the arts.” If your school is interested in...
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Chalk Scribbling Machine | The Tinkering Studio Blog | Exploratorium

Chalk Scribbling Machine | The Tinkering Studio Blog | Exploratorium | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
While we don't have our tinkering studio ready to go yet, in the interim at our new location we can just step out the front door and test out tinkering activities with unsuspecting passerbys along the embarcadero.
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Destination Imagination Virginia - College of Education - University ...

Destination Imagination Virginia - College of Education - University ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Destination Imagination (DI) is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. DI is a challenge- and process-based program. In working to solve our ...
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Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things

Nova Labs | Rediscover the joy of making things | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"Nova Labs is a nonprofit MakerSpace located in Reston, Virginia. We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things.

 

Our interests include: Inventing, Learning, Prototyping, Biology, CNC, Teaching, Electronics, Robotics, 3D Printing, Computer Programming, Machining, Microcontrollers, Woodworking, Networking, IT Security, Knitting and Crocheting, Mechanical Engineering, Sewing, Silkscreening, Arts and Crafts, And much, much more.

 

Nova Labs, Inc. is nonprofit corporation managed by a Board of Directors and organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Nova Labs is a sponsored project under School Factory. All donations submitted to School Factory (c/o Nova Labs) are tax deductible."

from source: https://www.nova-labs.org/

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I plan to visit these labs as soon as I can. The next two week I'll be out of town, but when I get back, I intend to visit their facilities and report back to you all.

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The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Our community is made up of over 75,000 people, and our permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library holds over 26,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries around the globe.

 

We invite participants from all walks of life to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook and send it back for inclusion in our ever-growing library of inspiration." from source: http://www.sketchbookproject.com/

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Tinkering and making is more than just electronics or making furniture. Here's a crowdsourced project to make books. All kinds of books. This one is the "Sketchbook Project" for more info check out: http://www.sketchbookproject.com/

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Tinkering as a mode of knowledge production in a Digital Age | Generation YES Blog

"The MacArthur Foundation brought together educators, “tinkerers,” curators, artists, performers and “makers” to grapple with questions around ensuring that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully and creatively in public, community, and economic life. (NB: See embedded video for multimedia content)

 

... These interviews from five of the participants were produced to provide some insights into the thoughtful and passionate conversations from that convening.

 

... Seymour Papert, the father of educational computing, often used the French word bricolage to describe the kind of playful attitude both children and scientists use to tinker, build, test, and rebuild their way to solving problems. Bricolage has the additional advantage (besides being cool sounding) of implying that you are using materials that you find around you – a very eco-green idea!

 

... Problem-solving in schools is typically taught as an analytical process with clear plans and steps, like the “scientific method.” But bricolage is clearly closer to the way real scientists, mathematicians and engineers solve problems. Sure, they make plans. But they also follow hunches, iterate, make mistakes, re-think, start over, argue, sleep on it, collaborate, and have a cup of tea. Bricolage encourages making connections, whereas School tends to like “clean” disconnected problems with clear, unambiguous step-by-step solutions." from source: http://blog.genyes.org

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This article also points to "From the “Carnegie Commons” – Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age." This is an excellent article exploring the value of the notions of tinkering, doing, and making in education as a critical component in education, training, research, and development.

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Twitter / LucLalande: Free downloadable book on ...

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#3DPrinting is growing by leaps and bounds. Last week I watched a 9 year old program and then 3D print his initial with a little help from adults. Once more example of the Digital Natives going Analog,

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MakerBot and Robohand -- 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

A short film about using a 3D printer and a long distance collaboration to create a simple and effective robotic hand for children and adults.

 

MORE INFORMATION makerbot.com/robohand robohand.blogspot.com

 

MAKE A ROBOHAND thingiverse.com/thing:44150

 

 

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ghbrett's curator insight, May 8, 2013 10:38 AM

This shows how a home 3D printer from Makerbot is able to rapidly prototype and even create working products that help people survive. 3D printing is often associated with corporate design or art or other things. This is the first case I have seen a 3D printer used to improve mobility and physically aiding people to have more normal lives.

 

Keep in mind this is a good model that communities, agencies, maker space participants should follow. We have many veterans returning from the current and recent "police actions" over seas who need prosthetic supplements. Get cracking folks! Tinker! Make! and let's help each other.

ghbrett's comment, May 8, 2013 10:39 AM
Mashable has another version of the story at: http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/robohand/
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Education Futures | Education in “Present Shock”: An interview with ...

Education Futures | Education in “Present Shock”: An interview with ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Our discussion focused on his new book “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now“, his advisory role at Codecademy, and the impact of Present Shock on education. Education Futures: Douglas, you have a new book ...
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Brigitte Dörner: A License to Play

Brigitte Dörner: A License to Play | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it

"What does it really mean to be a puppet maker, a puppeteer?

 

I can only speak for myself, though I could imagine that other puppeteers might share my opinion--for me it means the license to play! The license to stay young, to create all possible worlds existing in my head, to dream, to bring joy, to make friends all over the world, to never be bored by routine, to educate without pressure or even punishment, to encourage, to not take things too seriously, to enter a world of its own…to be happy." from source: http://www.expats.cz/

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Brigitte Dörner is a puppet maker in Prague, the Czech Republic. This post is an interview with her about her Art, Making, and Life. While not the usual Tinkering and Making Scoop, I think that there are important issues presented by Brigitte here. Well worth the read.

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Scientists use 3D printer to make an ear from cow cartilage and rat tail collegen. | Tinkering & Learning

Scientists use 3D printer to make an ear from cow cartilage and rat tail collegen. | Tinkering & Learning | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Scientists use 3D printer to make an ear from cow cartilage and rat tail collegen. on Tinkering & Learning curated by sylvia martinez (Scientists use 3D printer to make an ear from cow cartilage and rat tail collegen.
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Dax is a masterful cardboard builder | The Tinkering Studio Blog ...

Dax is a masterful cardboard builder | The Tinkering Studio Blog ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Dax is a Bay Area Artist and long time friend of the tinkering studio™. We met him at the very first Maker Faire, back in 2006, and have been hooked on his cardboard creations ever since. We're working with Dax to plan an ...
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Tinkering knowledge sharing, or why we need to hack science

Tinkering knowledge sharing, or why we need to hack science | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
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Tinkering knowledge sharing, or why we need to hack science
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And I will speak even higher about hacking school. Have you ever thought about where our desire to know how stuff works stems from?
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Duo Is A DIY 3D Motion Sensing Controller | TechCrunch

Duo Is A DIY 3D Motion Sensing Controller | TechCrunch | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
The Duo is a 3D motion sensing controller, much like the Leap Motion Controller and the Kinect – but with a DIY twist. Whereas the Leap Motion Controller comes in a small and elegant package, the Duo is meant to be ...
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Some Stop Motion Animations from the Niche | The Tinkering Studio ...

Some Stop Motion Animations from the Niche | The Tinkering Studio ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
One of the dedicated niche spaces that we've set up in our gallery is an area for two stop motion animation stations framed out with some of our new gallery partitions. While we'll share pictures of the set up later on with the ...
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Saturday Morning Interview: Jay Silver | The Tinkering Studio Blog ...

Saturday Morning Interview: Jay Silver | The Tinkering Studio Blog ... | Tinkering and Innovating in Education | Scoop.it
Fun CNN article about our friend and Makey Makey co-developer Jay Silver. We're looking forward to messing around with the Makey Makey in our new tinkering studio space and continuing to collaborate with Jay!
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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/

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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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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

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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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