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How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven

How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven

| September 4, 2014 | 16 Comments

Bringing making into school classrooms is as simple as taking the first step, no matter how small.

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Hacking School Computers: Cause For Celebration, Not Concern

Hacking School Computers: Cause For Celebration, Not Concern

| August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

An educator argues for letting kids tinker with the code on their school-owned devices.

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How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

| July 20, 2014

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children’s Museum says kids are ‘natural scientists,’ and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.

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Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?

| July 2, 2014 | 48 Comments

Maker Faire has catalyzed a global interest in tinkering to understand. Is it only a matter of time before this approach to learning makes it into mainstream classrooms?

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How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?

| November 25, 2013 | 5 Comments

Research in the science of learning shows that hands-on building projects help young people conceptualize ideas and understand issues in greater depth. If we want more young people to choose a profession in one of the group of crucial fields known as STEM, we ought to start cultivating these interests and skills early.

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Two Case Studies: How Connected Educators Can Transform Schools

Two Case Studies: How Connected Educators Can Transform Schools

| October 28, 2013 | 19 Comments

Two examples of how connected educators can make a huge difference in schools.

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Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

Why We Need To Value Students’ Spatial Creativity

| July 31, 2013 | 27 Comments

Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.

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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

| July 11, 2013 | 23 Comments

Allowing kids to deeply engage with a project they are passionate about also helps produce more positive memories of school, Stager said. “The reason the Maker Movement is so exciting is it can reenergize the classroom and it can make high quality memories of education,” he said.

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Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

| December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Countless kids have grown up with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts or Campfire Girls, but for some families, the uniforms and outdoor focus of traditional Scouting groups don’t appeal.

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The Maker Movement Goes Global

The Maker Movement Goes Global

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and […]

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