Makerspaces

By Digital Learning | Ideas, resources, and solutions for schools who are building Makerspace projects for learning.

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly

By Courtney PepeTeaching students the value of invention doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

Education Technology

Beyond Lego Walls - Worlds of Learning

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many …

Gear & Gadgets

​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces?

Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his …

Digital Shop Class: Fun and Profitable

The second year of our maker program is well under way here in our Digital Shop, and we’re continuing to make it stronger while building an entire …

Education

What Should I Buy For My New Makerspace? A Five Step Framework For Making the Right Purchases

I recently was asked to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace, where I unveiled my …

Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says

April 02, 2015<b>in</b> Learning Spaces, Makerspaces25 Comments<p>Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with criticism. I was told (not to my …

6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace

The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, …

Education

MakeyMakey Tap Shoes

Hook up a MakeyMakey to tap shoes!<p>You'll need:<br>one MakeyMakey<br>a pair of tap shoes<p>some extra wire for longer leads<p>tape

Gift Guide: Cool tech toys for the kid in your life

<b>By Bree Fowler,</b> <i>The Associated Press</i>NEW YORK — Looking for a cool tech gift for a kid in your life?There’s no shortage of fun and fairly educational …

Kids

Stuff You NEED for Your School Makerspace

The journey of building and maintaining a makerspace in our school is never-ending. Less than one year ago, we opened the doors of our Learning Lab …

Makerspaces

28 Awesome STEM Challenges for the Elementary Classroom

Ever wonder what <b>STEM challenges</b> to serve up to your students? Here is an amazing list of clever, unique and simple set up <b>STEM lesson plans</b> from other …

Homeschooling

Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

<i>Excerpted from The Invent to Learn Guide to Making in the K–3 Classroom: Why, How, and Wow! by veteran teacher Alice Baggett, published in 2016 by</i> …

Education

100+ Makerspace Materials & Products w/ Supply List

<b>FREE Makerspace Supply List – PDF Format</b><p>One of the most common questions we get is in regards to buying makerspace materials. There are a ton of …

Arduino

'Makerspaces' explode in popularity in schools

Lissa Davies didn’t hesitate to put 255 elementary school students into a room together with a mountain of cardboard, tape and scissors.<p>“We want …

Choosing the Right Products for Your Makerspace - Worlds of Learning

I recently was asked by Demco to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace. I was really …

Professional Development

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

<b>As much cardboard as you can find:</b> Save tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls and boxes. Some projects work better with corrugated cardboard, so it’s a …

7 ways to foster kids’ confidence and creativity with hands-on learning

Juan Carlos Galindo, a Wheaton High School ninth-grader with attention-deficit disorder, always had difficulty managing academic demands when he was younger. His mother, Virginia Munoz, a single mother of four, regularly found her son asleep with homework in his lap. She knew he was struggling, and …

Education

This brilliant 13-year-old figured out how to make clean energy using a device that costs $5

Maanasa Mendu thinks she's cracked the code on how to make wind and solar energy affordable.<p>On Tuesday, Mendu, a 13-year-old from Ohio, won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work in creating a cost-effective "solar leaves" design to create energy. In …

Renewable Energy

Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects

While not new, project-based learning has become a popular method to try and move beyond surface-level learning. Many teachers are trying to figure …

Pedagogy

Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer

<i>This is the third post in a series on vintage learning.</i><p>A few days ago, I met <b>Manuel Herrera</b> at MORENet. He has an amazing maker space where students …

Engineering an Enduring Understanding - Worlds of Learning

<i>Earlier this school year, Ross Cooper and I published a piece on Edutopia in which we outlined a plan for students to tell their makerspace stories</i> …

A DIY Roomba Is a Project That Can Clean Up After Itself

If you really can't stomach the thought of just doing the vacuuming yourself.<p>Roombas are great. They also are still quite expensive. If the idea of having a robot clean up your floor still has appeal, you might want to consider what the good people at Circuit Digest have done: DIY it.<p>It's complex, …

Creating a Makerspace Area

How are These Kinds of Spaces being Brought into Schools?<p>Makerspace Corners in a Classroom or the Library<p>Select a corner in a classroom or in the …

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators

Future-ready librarians are transforming traditional school libraries into bustling makerspaces where creativity and learning go hand in hand. The …

Professional Development

Next Gen Makerspaces: NGSS & Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning

I recently began giving away a FREE Makerspace Planning Cheat Sheet on my Worlds of Making site. One of the the steps on that Cheat Sheet suggests …

Why Join the Maker Movement?

When the TCEA PD staff were asked last spring, “Who wants to take on training on makerspaces?” my hand shot up instantly. No hesitation, no thought …

Creativity

Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning

The maker movement is built upon a constructivist philosophy that views learning as a highly personal and social process. In this philosophy, …

Snapchat

What Happens When You Combine a Writer’s Workshop and Makerspace?

I recently had a chance to observe Angela Stockman, author of "Make Writing: 5 Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Makerspace, teaching in …

Creativity