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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, that…

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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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Turn your classroom into an active learning environment

Turn your classroom into an active learning environment

09/03/2015

Topics: Learning spaces, Makerspaces, Mobile learning

When an approach to learning and teaching earns a nickname or two, that’s often a sign the approach has worn out its welcome and is being replaced with a more relevant method.

Such is the case with “sit and get” or “sage on the stage,” the teaching method that chains…

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Big maker ideas don' 't require big-ticket items

Big maker ideas don't require big-ticket items

07/01/2015

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo, Makerspaces

As is often the case with innovations in learning and teaching, getting started with that first lesson or project is the biggest hurdle. So it is with making, a learning approach that allows students to learn by doing and solve problems with tinkering and trial and error.

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Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects

Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects

06/01/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM, Tools

As 3D printers increasingly find roles in schools, libraries and even homes, it is vital that educators provide challenging and meaningful projects. School administrators, trustees, superintendents and parents will not be impressed by an iPhone case downloaded from the internet to roll off the…

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3 quick tips for igniting creativity through making

3 quick tips for igniting creativity through making

05/28/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning, Tools

If you want to be a maker, you have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Allowing students to play, collaborate, build and make freely gives them powerful learning opportunities. So how can you support students through making and spark a maker movement at your school?…

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Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life

Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life

03/23/2015

Topics: Gaming, Makerspaces

Making allows students to learn by doing and solve problems by tinkering, trial and error. Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, which has made its way into classrooms because it engages students across a range of subjects. Imagine the learning that happens when these two popular education movements…

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Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

Become a digital learning ninja in five easy steps

03/13/2015

Topics: Augmented reality, Essential Conditions, Flipped learning, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

The grassroots effort that is Digital Learning Day started as a way to spread innovative practices and ensure that all students have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities, no matter where they live.…

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