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Super-Awesome Sylvia's Arduino heartbeat pendant

Super-Awesome Sylvia's Arduino heartbeat pendant

02/13/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, STEM & STEAM, Video

Super-Awesome Sylvia started making and tinkering when she was 7, and like a lot of kids, she loves to try new things. One year after visiting a nearby Maker Faire, she and her dad were inspired to create a web show about making.

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Make math concrete with digital fabrication

Make math concrete with digital fabrication

02/03/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Tools

For too many students, doing mathematics means just plugging numbers into a memorized formula to get an answer. And because they don’t understand the formulas they’re using, they often fail to use the right one.

Take a look at Isaac’s work below, for example. He is a fifth grade…

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Ed tech predictions for 2015

Ed tech predictions for 2015

01/16/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Online learning

What's in store for educators this year?

As we move into 2015, it's a question on a lot of minds. Last year was an exciting one for ed tech — the maker ed movement exploded,…

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Sitka' 's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

Sitka's Fab Lab gives students real-world skills

01/16/2015

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

To what extent and in what ways should digital technologies change career and technical education (CTE) programs in manufacturing? CTE teachers and administrators have been dealing with this question for decades, but recent changes in 3D design software and modern tooling, such as 3D…

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Wegner' 's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

Wegner's ed tech accomplishments get nod from Obama and peers

01/14/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Literacies, Makerspaces, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

There she was in the White House, along with 120 other school superintendents, and there was President Obama, at the podium. And then there was this:

" "And then you got Mary Wegner, superintendent of the Sitka, Alaska, School District. Where's Mary?" " Obama said. " "She came a long…

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Top 10 EdTekHub posts for 2014

Top 10 EdTekHub posts for 2014

12/31/2014

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Makerspaces, Standards

We love year-end lists. Not only do they remind us of events that occurred or topics that emerged over the past year, they also show us patterns, context and insight.

When ISTE launched the EdTekHub, we set out to offer a smorgasbord of ed tech tips, trends, educator and student…

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10 ways to get started with 3D printing

10 ways to get started with 3D printing

12/30/2014

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

When I first watched a 3D printer in action, I went through a rapid progression of reactions:

I was mesmerized by the repetitive movements and the colorful objects it created.  I envisioned young students planning and creating 3D objects, then getting…

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6 resources for making in the classroom

6 resources for making in the classroom

12/26/2014

Topics: Makerspaces

Making teaches crucial skills that are largely missing from the traditional education model. The ability to push through failure and innovate, for example. The use of cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve real problems. The pursuit of learning as a means to self-fulfillment.

" "Making…

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Get inspired: Top 5 videos from ISTE 2014

Get inspired: Top 5 videos from ISTE 2014

12/17/2014

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

It's hard to pin down what makes the ISTE Conference & Expo such fertile ground for inspiration. Maybe it's the constant hum of excitement and passion that permeates the environment. Maybe it's the steady exchange of new ideas and information.

Whatever the case, if you haven't…

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Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

Should we teach computer science in elementary school? Yes

11/14/2014

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

We should definitely be teaching computer science (CS) in elementary school. Why?

The most common answer to this question is jobs — but not necessarily traditional computing or programming jobs. Our nation's current trajectory points to a lasting digital era, and we'll need people…

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