Interesting Articles

Big ideas at little cost: teaching differently

By Nathalie Kinnard

“Involve me, and I learn,” said Benjamin Franklin. He was right. Children learn better by experimenting, creating and working together. It is not always necessary to have access to the latest technology! A little creativity is all it takes to transform a few everyday objects into a dynamic teaching tool. (Read More)

 Simone’s Robots

“Simone Giertz, an inventor, houseboat inhabitant, and YouTuber from Stockholm, Sweden, shows you the potential of robots that have little to no potential”  Simone’s YouTube Channel

 Resources for Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

February 18, 2016
Here is a handy cheat sheet we have been working on during the last few days. This is basically a collection of  some of the best apps and web tools to use for each of the six thinking levels in Bloom’s digital taxonomy. This work is based on resources we have previously reviewed and shared in Bloom’s Taxonomy section here in EdTech and mLearning. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback.  Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Making Made Easier with 123D Apps

I am lucky in that in our unit, we have our very own maker space, complete with a 3D printer, laser cutter, and a variety of Arduino chips (as well as K’nex and other physical making materials). We’re also really lucky to have our colleague Derek Eggers in charge of the space, along with working on maker pedagogy more broadly. He and I are collaborating to find ways to make making more accessible for so called non-traditional disciplines, such as the humanities.   (Read More)

British Columbia Ministry of Education

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies Framework

Learning Through Tinkering – Allison Arieff

SAN FRANCISCO — My 9-year-old daughter is in the midst of a “pioneer” unit in her third grade class. It’s a great example of a project-based curriculum: The kids are developing math skills by determining what and how much they can pack without overloading wagons for a cross-country trek. They roll a “twist of fate” die that presents (virtual) obstacles they might have faced in the late 19th century — bad weather, loss of livestock, etc. — and then have to problem-solve to get their trek back on track. They’re reading a variety of historical perspectives, such as Louise Erdrich’s “The Birchbark House” and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books. And perhaps most important, they’re learning about self-sufficiency and resilience — and how even the youngest kids needed it in spades. (Read More)

 AUDIO:  ‘Hack or be hacked’: Why kids need to know how technology works
CBC’s technology columnist Jesse Hirsh says a deeper understanding of technology is a civic duty

CBC News Posted: May 20, 2015 12:59 PM ET Last Updated: May 20, 2015 3:00 PM ET

Agree or disagree? It is your responsibility as a citizen in the internet era to understand how technology works. Not just knowing how to turn the machine on and how to post to Facebook but to know how to put a computer together and how to write software. CBC Radio’s technology columnist Jesse Hirsh makes the case for a deeper understanding of technology as a civic duty.  He says ‘hack or be hacked.’ The choice is yours. Read More and Listen

Making for All: How to Build an Inclusive Makerspace

The Maker Movement has crept into the consciousness of schools in the past few years. For some, it’s a wake up call that over-tested, over-scheduled young people are not going to become the creative, enthusiastic learners we all hope to nurture. For others, it’s a personal reconnection to our collective, deeply-felt human impulses to create, invent, and shape the world. Makerspaces, genius hour, design thinking, and other frameworks can help make these ideas come to life in classrooms, libraries, museums, and community centers. But are these innovations accessible to everyone, to every child? Leah Buechley is a former MIT associate professor and inventor of a wide range of “maker” technologies that merge high-tech and craft traditions. She has called for a move beyond robots and competitions to include a wider range of tools, traditions, and people. The Maker Movement should not just be about rich white males and the toys they can build and buy. In schools, this move to inclusion seems obvious. Who would not agree that all children should benefit? However, there is a feeling that you need expensive equipment and massive remodeling projects to truly join the maker revolution. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. (Read More)

Mary Glendening Talks about Library Makerspaces as Community Technology Centers

Librarian Mary Glendening describes how they created their library makerspace. As the Library Director at the Middletown Free Library in Lima, Pennsylvania, Mary has been a driving force in setting up CreateSpace@MFL, a technology space at the library with 3D printers and classes to help anyone in the community learn about and have access to the latest technology. Mary talks about how they set up CreateSpace, its impact on the community, and how other libraries might learn from their experiences and create library makerspaces for their communities. CreateSpace@MFL was born out of a Library Services & Technology Act grant application submitted in 2012. I had just started working for the Middletown Free Library and saw a piece on Facebook about a library makerspace launching and I remarked how I would love to do something similar. Another librarian saw it and let me know that this was a priority for the upcoming grant cycle. One of my Board members had an interest in the maker movement and encouraged me to apply. (Read More)