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6 Essential Tips for Designing Your Makerspace’s Layout

When planning a makerspace, most think about designing for creativity. It’s important to think about the types of projects that will be completed in the space, how many people will use the space at any given time, and the equipment on your must-have versus nice-to-have lists.<p>However, there are also …

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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 …

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

Jackie Gerstein is an experienced educator who has been working as a classroom teacher and pre-service teacher trainer for years. With a background …

Seven outstanding Micro Bit projects

<b>The Micro Bit - a small computer designed to power internet-connected projects - is being handed out to thousands of British school children.</b><p>The device has been made for Year Sevens (11-to-12-year-olds) and equivalents as part of an initiative spearheaded by the BBC.<p>Microsoft, Samsung, ARM and …

Redesigning Learning Spaces for Creativity and Innovation

Today I attended a one day workshop hosted by Innovative Educator Consulting on how to redesign learning spaces in schools. The purpose of this type …

5 skills you should master before applying for a social media job

Just a few years ago, the job title "social media manager" didn't exist. Fast forward to today, and almost every company has someone on staff who is …

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Tools to help librarians in their work with teens.<p>Archived webinars about reading and literacies<p>Archived webinars for academic, public, school, and …

Finding Starter Projects: Deep Dives

In this edition of Finding Starter Projects, we take a look at resources that guide maker leaders in focusing on a single domain, tool, or material. Using these, maker clubs and making classrooms can take a deep dive into one kind of making.<p>This is another approach to narrowing down The Wide World …

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building. — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Tell me if you’ve seen this happen.<p>A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it …

Educator as a Design Thinker

DaveHallmon:Always enjoying Jackie’s doodles and reminders that we must think again about our current systems and pedagogy.Originally posted on User …

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context<p>As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating …

Don’t miss Google’s new site info card! (and more from Mary Ellen Bates’ search refresh) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

At the recent CIL Conference in DC, I attended librarian/consultant Mary Ellen Bates’ Super Searcher Tips session and I came away with a number of …

Maker Education: A “Good” 2013-14 Educational Trend

Maker Education: A “Good” 2013-14 Educational Trend<p>In the midst of the implementation of common core state standards and no relief in sight from all …

The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids

The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids<p>I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills<p>Many have attempted to identify …

The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them

The Other 21st Century Skills: Why Teach Them<p>Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century …

The Branches of the Other 21st Century Skills

The Branches of the Other 21st Century Skills<p>Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century …

Can Focus On 'Grit' Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades?

"It's a very, I think, American idea in some ways — really pursuing something against all odds," she says.<p>Duckworth says her research shows grit is …

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While this research broadly examines a trend in American culture, another study investigated specific individuals over time and revealed that …

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0

SAMR as a Framework for Moving Towards Education 3.0<p>Evolution, in its broadest sense, serves as a force to help humans move towards a better way of …