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Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

They go by names like littleBits, Makey Makey, Squishy Circuits and Makeblock, and their goal is to get kids thinking like inventors instead of passive learners. Aligned with the maker movement—which focuses on using hands-on activities like building, sewing, assembling and computer programming for learning—the kits provide a foundation that teachers can use for guided projects both in and out of the classroom.

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Maker Culture Has a ‘Deeply Unsettling’ Gender Problem

Makerspaces may be one of the most exciting elements on any school’s campus. But a lack of focus around culture and gender inclusiveness are stunting its true promise, according to a new report out of Drexel University.

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Where Classroom Design Meets Design Thinking

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges or something out of the Cult of Pedagogy blog’s Classroom Eye Candy series. Yet the impulse to tackle aesthetics first is often premature, according to Rebecca Hare, who teaches art and design in St.

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5 Tips for Planning a Kidcamp, the Student-Driven #Edcamp

By now you’ve probably heard of edcamps—free, organic, participant-driven, “un-conferences” that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. As a longtime enthusiast, what I love most about the movement is that at its heart it’s all about educators teaching and empowering other educators.

?The 10 Best AR Apps for Classrooms Using Apple’s New ARKit

The recent popularity of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has put a spotlight on immersive technology—and our curriculum may never look the same again.In the midst of all this enthusiasm, Apple has released a new resource for app developers—the ARKit—that has supercharged augmented reality for fields like entertainment, gaming, advertising and, of course, education.

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As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps

I met Trevor (name has been changed) when he was a high school senior in 2014. From a coal mining family in western Kentucky, he’d just suffered a major family crisis and his mother was struggling with mental illness. Understandably, his grades were beginning to suffer and he was missing class regularly.

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Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

Today’s college students are spending more time than ever in public and campus libraries. According to a recent Pew Research Report, millennials are most likely to have visited a public library in the past year compared to any other generation.But what would make a generation that grew up with internet so reliant on libraries—spaces traditionally known to be filled with shelves upon shelves of books?

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Making STEM Equitable With Beautiful Ideas, Affordable Projects and Serious Play

Fun is science educator Sam Haynor’s superpower.
There are schools out there—you know who you are—with reputations as places “where fun goes to die.” Haynor not only brings fun back to life, he makes it stronger, louder, and more joyful than ever.
Consider just a few of Haynor’s current gigs:

?Do or DIY: What We Saw (and Loved) at the 2017 Maker Faire

This weekend marked San Mateo’s annual gathering of hackers, hobbyists and freak flag flyers: the Maker Faire. Back for its 12th year in the Bay Area, the Maker Faire is home to everything from drone racing, bicycle-powered music stages and even 32-foot tall towering Sextant Tesla Coils. Here are a few of our favorite DIY masters from the three-day event:

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Harnessing the Maker Spirit: Dale Dougherty’s New Book, ‘Free to Make’

Later this week, in the tiny town of Bridgeville, Del., pumpkins will fly. Seriously big pumpkins will soar through the air, launched by a crazy variety of homemade catapults, trebuchets and heavens knows what else. The annual 
Punkin Chunkin contest may be one of the more, um, organic expressions of “maker” spirit.

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