All posts tagged: makerspace

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Richard Snyder: My Makerspace Experience- Just Do It

by Richard Snyder Expert Educator Columnist, USA The best professional learning tool I use daily is Twitter. I get to see projects, share ideas, and receive feedback on my work and ideas from hundreds of colleagues (most of whom I’ve never met). It’s an instantaneous source of ideas and collaboration that I rely on, and it has fueled many ideas for my middle school library. One idea was the notion of creating a makerspace in the library. I heard about this over the last few years at conferences like NCCE and ISTE, but I was unsure about how this could look in my space. Okay – in reality, I was scared. The thought of putting out materials and project ideas for students that weren’t connected to a class or a grade was worrisome (would students do it? would they waste materials? what impact would this have on my daily structure? is this just going to be a mess?) and a roadblock for pursuing it any further.

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Jamie Ewing: Education + Corporations + Standards + Change = Makers of Success

by Jamie Ewing Expert Educator Columnist, USA The proudest moment for any teacher is hearing the words my former student once told me, “[Technology] made me feel smart.” Then learning a year later, that student, who is in special education and an English Language Learner, has become more confident and is thriving in the 6th grade; performing at grade-level in math and above grade-level in reading. I don’t think you are gong to find many arguments against the basic idea that the state of education is ready for change. Change, in the truest sense of the word, is wanted, needed and happening. The arguments become heightened when you start to discuss how it is happening. Our students are falling behind not because there are too many high stake test, not using enough or using too much technology, that they come from high income or low income homes, or that their teachers is only being evaluated on test scores: they are falling behind because they are bored!

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Troy Smith: Using Robotics and Electronics to Facilitate 21st Century Learning

by Troy Smith Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand Who is Troy Smith? Hi readers, my name is Troy Smith and I am a Digital technology teacher at Te Aroha College a small rural school not far from Hobbiton in New Zealand. I am a maker, a programmer and love getting my students into cybernetics. I like to know how things work and getting things to work! I teach years 7 to 13, which is 11 to 18 year olds and I am currently re-developing my classes into a full robotics learning pathway using 21 century learning design. What is he blogging about? I am excited to be a Microsoft Expert Educator columnist and look forward to keeping you up to date with the progress I have made with the maker space for the robotics laboratory. I will also publish some tutorials on using Microsoft products for education that I make for staff PD as part of my network management role. Here is a QR code link to an online tutorial that I have made which …