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4 innovative lesson ideas to bring magic to your makerspace [VIDEO]

4 innovative lesson ideas to bring magic to your makerspace [VIDEO]

03/02/2017

Topics: Augmented reality, Makerspaces

One indicator of a creative mind is the ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. Empowering students to combine disparate ideas and create new things lies at the heart of Cathy Hunt’s approach to teaching…

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6 ways to personalize learning with flexible seating

6 ways to personalize learning with flexible seating

02/17/2017

Topics: Learning spaces, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning

Putting students at the center of learning takes a double commitment. One to ensure that instruction and learning address distinct student needs, interests and aspirations, and one to provide spaces that support a student-centered program.  

It also…

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What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

What happens when kids make their own makerspace?

01/31/2017

Topics: Coding & robotics, ISTE Conference & Expo, Makerspaces

It began as a donated box of K’nex set out on a library table.

Students started tinkering. Librarian Diana Rendina started asking questions.

Bit by bit, the makers who came in helped her decide what to add next: Snap Circuits. Legos. Rotating craft stations.…

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Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

Game Day: Playful PD for teachers and students

11/15/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

Much like school itself, professional development days are often regarded as a waste of instructional time. But what if PD days could be fun and effective for both teachers and students?…

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three children work in school makerspace

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

09/01/2020

Topics: Makerspaces

You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for school makerspaces.

Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace. You need to have the…

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5 STEM tools you can use for any subject

7 STEM tools you can use for any subject

04/30/2019

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM

Exposing students to STEM experiences can be an extremely engaging and effective way to foster the skills they will need in a global,…

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5 things coding teaches the youngest learners

5 things coding teaches the youngest learners

10/06/2016

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Makerspaces

One day soon, computer science will be a required course at all U.S. high schools. That concept has school technology associate Trish Cloud thinking about how to prepare even her youngest learners for their future.

“If I can show K-5 students that coding is fun,…

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Let distracted students make DIY fidgets with 3D printers

Let distracted students make DIY fidgets with 3D printers

10/13/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM

What kid doesn’t like to play with toys? And what kid wouldn’t like to play with toys in school?

More teachers are discovering that, rather than a distraction,…

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4 easy ways to fit maker activities into your curriculum

4 easy ways to fit maker activities into your curriculum

10/09/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

If student engagement equals deeper learning, then making school fun might just be the key to improved learning. 

Imagine the looks on students’ faces when you tell them that today, right there at school, their job is to become toymakers. Once they get over the shock, they’ll be…

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Dale Dougherty: Next stop for making? Classrooms everywhere

Dale Dougherty: Next stop for making? Classrooms everywhere

09/22/2015

Topics: Makerspaces

Making has finally made it in education.

The grassroots movement that inspires learning through tinkering, trial and error, and problem solving is finally taking hold in classrooms around the…

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