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Twinkle twinkle Makey makey

From today's Invent to Learn workshop at St. Matthews.
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Danish Software Can Prevent Printing Guns > ENGINEERING.com

Danish Software Can Prevent Printing Guns > ENGINEERING.com | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn? - The Digital Shift

Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn? - The Digital Shift | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Many aspects of the best makerspaces already exist in school libraries:

Librarians and LMS's are experts in finding resources and connecting them with kids and teachers who need them.Libraries are community spaces that offer learning outside classroom structures and time limitationsLibraries model cross-grade, cross-curricular experiencesLibraries often incorporate student-led and mentoring experiences

All these are perfect for schools who are looking to incorporate making and tinkering into their curriculum.

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Are you a Maker? Maker Camp Wants You!

Are you a Maker? Maker Camp Wants You! | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
MAKE is teaming up with Google again for our 2nd annual Maker Camp July 6-Aug. 16—a virtual summer camp that features six weeks of projects, making, field trips, and fun for teens hosted on Google+...
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3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : NPR

3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers : NPR | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
An enterprising carpenter and a creative puppeteer teamed up on a do-it-yourself project to build a mechanical hand for a little boy. They created an inexpensive prosthetic and published their designs on the Internet.
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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:21 AM

This is what practical and real learning looks like, feels like and provides engagement in learning for life! Brilliant!

Maria Persson's comment, July 31, 2013 2:22 AM
How wonderful is the learning here! Love this. Thanks for the scoop.
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The high-tech return of high school shop class

The high-tech return of high school shop class | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Check out CNN Living's story about a college program creating jobs by training students to revive a 'dying trade.'

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

(CNN) -- You can almost hear the old shop teacher asking -- so, how is this going to work?
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"... it's like a tiger by the tail, but it's a great tiger."

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Jeannine Huffman's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:07 AM

We were one of the Mentor Makerspace High Schools in this grant...

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Museum: Makerspaces and classes

Museum: Makerspaces and classes | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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If you are lucky enough to live near one of these museum maker programs, you can take advantage of the classes and community! If not, maybe your school can be the hub of something new!

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Vicki Butler's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:06 PM

Check out this organization: makered.org and the museum site.  They have resources available (free) if you cannot make it to the museum.

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We Don't Like "Projects"

We Don't Like "Projects" | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
So I recently quit my job and started my own school with the support of a local media company, the second largest school district in Iowa, and a groundswell of community interest.

Our philosophy boi
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Great article about PBL in a real school, including asking students what they think "projects" are.

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Coding for Middle Schoolers - THE Journal

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Maker Camp - online summer camp for teens from Make magazine

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Coding Is Coming To Every Industry You Can Think Of, Time To Start Learning It Now

Coding Is Coming To Every Industry You Can Think Of, Time To Start Learning It Now | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Not every coder job involves working in a blue chip tech company or Silicon Valley startup.As British technologist, Conrad Wolfram said in a TED talk on teaching math with computers: “In the real world math isn’t necessarily done by mathematicians.
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Momentum is building!

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MaKey MaKey Contest! Tell the world how to lead a group in a MaKey MaKey activity.

MaKey MaKey Contest! Tell the world how to lead a group in a MaKey MaKey activity. | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | 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
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Toys You Can Make With Cardboard Roundup

Toys You Can Make With Cardboard  Roundup | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
We posted a roundup of crafting with cardboard boxes earlier this week. There is really no end to the creativity that can go into turning a cardboard box into super fun things to play with.
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Maker movement in schools taps into rich tradition of educational reform - ConnectSafely

Maker movement in schools taps into rich tradition of educational reform - ConnectSafely | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Maker Movement, Maker Faire and new book by Martinez and Stager encourage production instead of just consumption
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"The Maker Movement in schools now has a bible."

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MakerLab to open in Chicago Public Library > ENGINEERING.com

MakerLab to open in Chicago Public Library > ENGINEERING.com | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Prototype test facility may pave the way for free maker spaces
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Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot, Merging Two Global 3D Printing Industry Leaders

Stratasys to Acquire MakerBot, Merging Two Global 3D Printing Industry Leaders | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Stratasys Ltd. , the leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, and MakerBot, the leader in desktop 3D printing, today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement whereby privately held MakerBot has agreed to merge with a...
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Dive into the Maker Movement

Dive into the Maker Movement | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Maker Spaces, Fabrication Labs . . . it's been going on for some time now, but it's all the buzz in education these days. And with good reason.

I've been thinking about all this more and more since
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Exclusive: How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands

Exclusive: How Google Will Use Balloons to Deliver Internet to the Hinterlands | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The tech giant is using a novel way to bring the Internet to regions too remote to wire...
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The Magic of Making: Engaging Students as Makers

The Magic of Making: Engaging Students as Makers | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Here is a video of my 2013 Distinguished Speaker talk at SXSW EDU in Austin, TX. In this talk, I wanted to contrast formal and informal learning, and point out that informal learning is a kind of ...
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Why Maker Faire may be Silicon Valley's most important export [video]

This weekend I attended the eighth annual Maker Faire with my son in San Mateo, Calif. The Maker Faire and the Maker Movement have gotten so large, it's easy to take them for granted.
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Do You Learn Better Through Making? | Edspace

Do You Learn Better Through Making? | Edspace | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon.
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Matthew Hall's curator insight, June 8, 2013 4:38 AM

So how do we bridge maker culture with literacy?

ghbrett's comment, June 11, 2013 2:39 PM
Matthew: FWIW I watched a 9 year old create a capital F with SketchUp and converted it to MakerBot code and printed out his initial. Not much perhaps, but it involved text. Then there was a THATcamp last weekend for higher ed people and one of the campers tried to print an Escher cube with the letters B C and e, but sadly the machine had been moved to the new site and didn't recalibrate well. So I'd say that was another form of "literacy."
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Gary and Super-Awesome Sylvia Team Up to LA Kids Camp | Invent To Learn

Gary and Super-Awesome Sylvia Team Up to LA Kids Camp | Invent To Learn | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Meet the maker - MIT News Office

Meet the maker - MIT News Office | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
MIT alumna Limor Fried has become a pioneer of the ‘maker movement’ with her multimillion-dollar company.
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SketchUp Pro New in 2013 | SketchUp

SketchUp Pro New in 2013 | SketchUp | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Schools can get SketchUp Pro licenses...

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How to Make Invisible Ink

How to Make Invisible Ink | Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Need to pass along an important message on paper without having it accidentally discovered by your archenemy? Using very common household products, you can easily whip up an invisible ink recipe and write out your secret message with the solution.
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Who doesn't need to know this?
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