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Create your own mobile makerspace

Create your own mobile makerspace

02/25/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Mobile learning, STEM & STEAM

Can old-fashioned craft supplies like pipe cleaners and toothpicks measure up to new and exciting classroom tech offerings like animation software and 3D printers?

Yes, says Laura Briggs, technology resource teacher/staff developer and coach for Loudoun County Public Schools in…

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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.

In " "…

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8 classroom uses for holographic technology

8 classroom uses for holographic technology

01/22/2015

Topics: Gaming, STEM & STEAM

Eliciting engagement and creating excitement among learners is every educator's raison d'tre. One emerging technology, still in its infancy but moving quickly toward classroom application, are holograms.

As you may recall from science class — or your favorite sci-fi film —…

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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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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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You don' 't have to be a scientist to incorporate STEM

You don't have to be a scientist to incorporate STEM

12/18/2014

Topics: Mobile learning, Robotics, Standards, STEM & STEAM

Sara Hunter was recognized as a 2013 ISTE Emerging Leader. Nominations for 2015 awards are open now through Feb. 2015. Amazing educators are encouraged to apply!

Most people are…

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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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The do's and don'ts of pair programming

The do's and don'ts of pair programming

11/19/2014

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Even when you're lucky enough to have a 1:1 or BYOD program at your school, if you're teaching coding, you should ask your students to work in pairs. It might seem counterintuitive, but experts recommend pair programming

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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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