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The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. I first heard of makerspaces over a…

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Top 5 Lessons for Integrating Makey Makey Into Your Curriculum

Top 5 Lessons for Integrating Makey Makey Into Your Curriculum | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
Makey Makey is a fun and extremely accessible tool for all ages. These lesson ideas will have students creating electronics projects in no time.
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LOVE the guys from @makeymakey -- they're our people!

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Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms:

Physical computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Physical computing is a creative framework for understanding human beings’ relationship to the digital world. In practical use, the term most often describes handmade art, design or DIY hobby projects that use sensors and microcontrollers to translate analog input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_computing).

. . . but as with all use of educational technologies, I believe that it should be used intentionally to assist learners in developing and expanding their content knowledge and life skills.

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How a Young #Maker Helped Make #Barbie More #Inclusive - Makezine

How a Young #Maker Helped Make #Barbie More #Inclusive - Makezine | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
At 13, Jordan Reeves’ Maker cred is already impressive. She created her own 3D-printed, unicorn horn-shaped, glitter-shooting prosthetic that fits her left arm, which ends just above the elbow. Her Unicorn Project inspired Jordan and her mom Jen to start a non-profit, Born Just Right, to help other kids with limb differences learn to improve their lives with making too.

Jordan’s also a founding member of the STEAM Squad, a diverse group of some of the most accomplished girls involved in science, technology, engineering, art, and math today (which also includes Mythbusters Jr. co-host Allie Weber).

She has shown off her work at Maker Faire, AIGA, Parson’s School of Design, and many other venues across the country. And her experience with design has given her a chance to consult and offer insight to large brands across many different genres.

This is all to say that perhaps my coolest experience at Toy Fair New York this year was getting to meet Jordan and Jen and tag along when they finally got to see the fruits of their long-brewing collaboration with Mattel — the latest additions to their Barbie Fashionista line, which includes dolls with different body types, hair textures, skin tones, and now has dolls in wheelchairs and a doll with a prosthetic leg.

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How Schools Can Create Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classrooms by Eli Zimmerman

How Schools Can Create Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classrooms by Eli Zimmerman | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it


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I'm really passionate & intrigued by this concept.

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Jessica Esmeralda's curator insight, February 18, 2:48 AM
Hi!
Although I am 20 years old and I can be considered young and creactive, sometimes young teachers tend to maintain the traditional methodologies and strategies that our teachers used with us many years before. However, time have changed and we have to adapt to nowadays students and their needs. For instance, there is the current idea that the traditional setting arregement of students in the class, affect their engagement and attentiveness. In this interesting article, I found information not only about the importance and benefits of a flexible seating classrooms, but also how to do it in your classroom.
The most important information I found is:
-Sitting at a desk all day can be distracting for students who have trouble staying still. Floor seating can keep students focused on their work.
-Flexible furniture is  one key component of a modern learning environment.
-When students are allowed to sit where they feel more comfortable, they feel that the classrooms is also theirs.

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5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning

5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. But many times, tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. At St. Albans City School in Vermont, SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, educators encourage the students to find places in their everyday work to incorporate digital resources, especially from their makerspace. In the edWebinar “Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, innovation specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more.

St. Albans City School has a dedicated makerspace open to all students from preK-8. In addition to class assignments in the space, open lab time is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value. Although they miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve their personal and educational goals.

Here are some examples the student presenters shared about how they’ve used technology at St. Albans.


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"At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself."

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Make a solar oven out of a chip can

Make a solar oven out of a chip can | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
This eco-friendly project will take the boredom out of a sunny day, and help fill your belly.
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Although I don't really eat hotdogs, this looks like it would be a super neat Science & Makerpsace activity!

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Scratch Across Every Subject: A Recap | ScratchEd

Scratch Across Every Subject: A Recap | ScratchEd | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it

"Interested in integrating Scratch into your classroom this Fall, but aren't sure where to start? Here's a recap of our Scratch Across Every Subject Series!"


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This is a good thing to share with your teachers!

"Interested in integrating Scratch into your classroom this Fall, but aren't sure where to start? Here's a recap of our Scratch Across Every Subject Series!"

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Global Maker Day | #GlobalMakerDay

Global Maker Day | #GlobalMakerDay | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
#GLOBALMAKERDAY
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Global Maker Day | #GlobalMakerDay Webpage with INFO & Resources! #Makerspce

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The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide

The Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
I’ve been curating everything I can find to help teachers learn about Google Expeditions and Google Cardboard, and I have created the Ultimate Google Cardboard and Expeditions Resource Guide for Teachers. I am not an expert on virtual reality or Google Cardboard and Expeditions, but I am a connected educator and I have found some amazing resources to help you learn more about these amazing tools. This guide contains the basics, how to get started, resources for buying devices and headsets, as well as troubleshooting help, YouTube tutorials, blog posts, lesson plans, apps and more! I am a learner first, so as I learn and curate resources, I will share them with the Shake Up Learning readers.

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I needed this! Thanks, Kasey!

@ShakeUpLearning

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 23, 2018 9:16 AM

This will come in handy! Thanks to John Evans. 

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Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.

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Also check out #ClassroomCribs for more #BrainBased learning spaces.

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25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids

25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
Makerspace or STEM projects for kids don’t have to be complicated or expensive.  In fact, some of the best projects use recycled or repurposed items like cardboard or soda bottles which means nothing to buy.

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GO STEAM!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 21, 2018 5:57 PM

Looking to set up a community based makerspace? Enroll in EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture 
http://wwwcs.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm
Maker Culture means 21st century hands on learning. Get a grip on it! 

Volkmar Langer's curator insight, March 22, 2018 8:30 AM
Machen ist wie Wollen, nur krasser :-)
ducky58's curator insight, March 22, 2018 9:11 AM
Fantastiche idee per costruire con materiali semplici (video/ in inglese)
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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas. Since the first official
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Honored to be mentioned in this super article. Thank you @OEDB_org!

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Paper Folding/Origami

Paper Folding/Origami | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
The art of origami, usually  associated with traditional  Japanese culture, is a great introduction to the world of making because it can be done without any tools other than the hands
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Great projects to start an origami making station.

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Building The Ultimate Lego Table | Make:

Building The Ultimate Lego Table | Make: | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it

"Lego isn’t just a toy, it is a mindset! If you’re serious about the Lego lifestyle, you can’t just build on your floor, or on any old table. No, you need a devoted table for your lego goodness. Caleb from You Can Make This Too, takes us through the process of making this cool looking Lego table for his home."


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What a cool idea!

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Automatic dog-petting machine is equal parts adorable and functional- Mashable #makered

Automatic dog-petting machine is equal parts adorable and functional- Mashable #makered | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it

"This puppy petting machine is perfect for any good boy ... well almost any.

 

This first dog in this videos seems to be enjoying the elaborate back scratcher, getting so relaxed they even let out a yawn. But the smaller pup needed one more hand than this machine could provide. Perhaps the owners should have made a sign that reads, "you must be at least 22-inches to go on this ride." 

 

Rube Goldberg would be proud."


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SWEET! This is the maker of my Steampunk dreams!

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Tips for Implementing Design Challenges in Your Makerspace - Diana Rendina @DianaLRendina

Tips for Implementing Design Challenges in Your Makerspace - Diana Rendina @DianaLRendina | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
A successful school makerspace needs an enthusiastic maker community, school-wide participation, and staff support. Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. In “Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace,” Diana Rendina, Media Specialist and Writer, Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa, FL, presented tips for design challenges and shared experiences from working in the makerspace during her time at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL.

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I truly admire this educator's zeal & expertise for Makerspaces!

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A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick

A Really Cool Database For Paper Airplanes - via Terry Heick | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
By Terry Heick

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OMGosh, this is cool!  #Makerspace #PaperAirplanes #MakerEd

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, November 12, 2018 10:12 PM
fantastic resource
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12 surprising uses for toilet paper tubes - CNET #makered

12 surprising uses for toilet paper tubes - CNET #makered | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
Don't throw away those cardboard tubes when the roll is gone!

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12 Surprising Uses for Toilet Paper Tubes by @CNET

I LOVE Upcycling TP Tubes!

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6 Halloween Makerspace Projects - Paper Circuits

6 Halloween Makerspace Projects - Paper Circuits | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
In this project tutorial, we’re going to be making 6 different Halloween paper circuit creations.  Using parallel and simple circuits, you’ll be able to bring these templates to life with copper tape, LEDs and batteries.

Once you learn how to create these projects, you can use the concepts learned to make your own haunted paper circuit creations.

Project Time: 15 minutes (Each Project)

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If you can't celebrate Halloween in your school, highlight the work, prose, & poetry of POE. Voila!

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The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. I first heard of makerspaces over a…
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Love this post on Medium by@spencerideas

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Amazon.com: STEM Club Toy Subscription: 3-4 year olds: Memberships and Subscriptions

Amazon.com: STEM Club Toy Subscription: 3-4 year olds: Memberships and Subscriptions | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: STEM Club Toy Subscription: 3-4 year olds: Memberships and Subscriptions
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CUTE IDEA!

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An Easy Way to Find 360 Videos to View in Google Cardboard via @rmbyrne

An Easy Way to Find 360 Videos to View in Google Cardboard via @rmbyrne | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
Google Expeditions offers lots of 360 content that your students can explore in Google Cardboard viewers. But Google Expeditions isn'

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An Easy Way to Find 360 Videos to View in Google Cardboard via the always splendid @rmbyrne

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Scheduling: When Can Students Use The Makerspace?

Scheduling: When Can Students Use The Makerspace? | Makerspace Managed | Scoop.it
 Our campus moved to a combination fixed/flexible schedule, which has allowed our students additional opportunities to visit the makerspace outside of their normal library time.  Currently, Monday and Fridays are open check-out days and have also become open makerspace days. Makerspace Monday and Fun Friday have become a way for students to have additional time to invent, create, and make.  During these days students can visit the library with a makerspace pass. The pass is laminated and has a place for the teacher to write in the student’s name and amount of time they can visit the makerspace with a dry erase marker making the pass reusable.  

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I'm asked this a LOT!

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