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John Evans

Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Available - 0 views

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    "The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, a leading non-profit provider of environmental education for primary and secondary schools, is making its award-winning curriculum available free online. Kindergarten through second grade teachers can now access free Think Earth materials at www.thinkearth.org to teach students about the environment and the everyday behaviors that can help protect it. Updated Think Earth units for third grade will be available in September 2015, and grades four through eight are in development and will be available online in 2015 and 2016."
Nigel Coutts

Curriculum - The messy field of education - 0 views

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    A discussion of curriculum review and nationalisation reveals a messy field with no clear way of meeting the needs of all involved. What lessons might we learn from high-performing international systems and what are the dangers of borrowing ideas?
John Evans

Education World: Eight Great STEM Activities for Students - 0 views

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    "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics are receiving increasing emphasis in the curriculum. The Web offers plenty of fun activities to engage students in STEM, and sites such as iExploreSTEM offer resources, activities, printables, conferences and workshop information for educators.

    The following activities offered by iExploreSTEM covers all four STEM subjects."
John Evans

Maker Education Can Improve Student Learning | Ed Tech with Hoekstra - 2 views

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    "Over the past six weeks in CEP 811 I have learned about constructivism and Maker Education by reviewing the research that supports this type of instruction. More importantly, during the past six weeks I have become a Maker as I created a remix video, an interactive cell model and a SketchUp of my ideal classroom. This week, I created an infographic using Easelly to inspire and encourage educators to incorporate a maker mentality in their classroom.

    My infographic focused on the following reasons why Maker Education can improve student learning.

    Maker Education provides authentic and relevant tasks.
    Maker Education is active and engaging.
    Maker Education builds community in classrooms, schools and beyond.
    Maker Education strengthens students metacognitive abilities.
    Maker Education supports student choice and leads to a type of personalized learning."
John Evans

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun | Articles | Noodle - 3 views

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    "With each presidency come new reforms and initiatives aimed at enhancing education.

    The new policies, programs, and funding lay the foundation for various innovations and trends to build momentum and transform the way we teach and learn. Before you go back to school, get the skinny on seven big disruptors in education.

    These seven transformative tools are part of the growing movement to get students creating and problem-solving with technology, which has been supported by the Obama administration's Educate to Innovate initiative."
John Evans

Education app of the week: Tickle for iPad | Jigsaw24 - 1 views

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    "Tickle (Tickle Labs, Inc, free) is a free app that lets you program a wide variety of robots through a simple programming language and drag and drop visual interface, then control them from an iPad. Just some of the 'bots and systems controllable by Tickle include the Sphero robotic ball, a wide variety of flyable drones, the Arduino open-source electronic prototyping platform and Philips Hue smart home lighting. You can also program interactive stories and simple games using a library of animated characters and sounds."
John Evans

Applying Maker Education to Music | Piktochart Infographic Editor - 4 views

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    "The maker movement is a revival of hands-on, do-it-yourself, and do-it-with-others learning that allows students the ability to create original works and products. This is often done with the aid of  computers, electronics, and online resources/communities (Maker Education Initiative, 2015)."
John Evans

The (Latecomer) Beginner's Guide To Minecraft - 3 views

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    "Minecraft first came out in 2009; but just a few weeks ago it debuted on the current console generation. What makes this game endure, 5 years later - with over 15 million licensed players on the PC/Mac alone? It's awesome, that's what. If you're late to the party though, don't worry - this extensive beginner's guide has you covered."
John Evans

6 Hands-On Tools and Activities for Teaching Web Literacy - Emerging Education Technolo... - 2 views

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    "One of the most important skills of the 21st century - web literacy - is often overlooked in the classroom. The ability to read, write and participate online is an indispensable skill for learners, but it's curiously absent from many educators' curricula.

    At Mozilla, we believe web literacy should be a cornerstone of education. When students can create their own content on the Web, tinker with HTML, and understand the basics of online privacy, they're empowered to do great things. We also believe web literacy is best taught through hands-on, interactive learning.

    We've just wrapped up Maker Party, Mozilla's annual celebration of teaching and learning the Web through hands-on activities. But Maker Parties can be held anywhere, anytime. And our resources for teaching web literacy are free and open source, always. To kickstart web literacy learning in your classroom - or outside of it - here are six tools and activities from Maker Party for teaching critical 21st-century skills:"
John Evans

Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

  • Dougherty hopes that if students raise their voices, parents demonstrate support and passionate teachers are willing to champion the cause at individual school sites, maker spaces could become a fixture of school. They don’t have to include the fanciest 3D printer, they just have to be spaces for exploration, hands-on learning and a playful attitude towards discovery.
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    "Dougherty hopes that if students raise their voices, parents demonstrate support and passionate teachers are willing to champion the cause at individual school sites, maker spaces could become a fixture of school. They don't have to include the fanciest 3D printer, they just have to be spaces for exploration, hands-on learning and a playful attitude towards discovery."
John Evans

Maker Ed's Resource Library - 1 views

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    Makered.org has created this fantastic list of MakerEd resources:

    Getting Started; Making the Case; Program, Planning and Management; Suggested tools;
John Evans

Remake Learning - Remake Learning is a network of people, projects, and organizations i... - 1 views

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    "Remake Learning is a resource for the people, organizations, and ideas shaping the future of teaching and learning in the greater Pittsburgh region. Read stories about learning innovation on our blog and in the news, browse upcoming events and opportunities, and connect to resources and network members in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond."
John Evans

How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education - 2 views

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    "The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, "smart" materials, and programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of these inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers."
Nigel Coutts

The beauty of unfinished work - 6 views

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    There is a danger in seeking finished perfection in all that we do. There is a risk that our students will focus solely on the attributes that define a finished piece and overlook the importance of the process that leads to it.
John Evans

Supporting Maker Education District-Wide | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "Implementing maker education is less about space than it is about mindset. A core component of making is empowering students to create something meaningful and to see the impact of their work in the world around them. If we are committed to creating this kind of learning for all students, then we need to cultivate the conditions for adults who work with them to adopt a maker mindset that promotes risk taking, creativity, persistence, and reflection when working through challenges. The key to district-wide implementation is providing multiple entry points for educators to engage in maker-based activities and professional development, reflect on their experiences, and share their inspirations and hurdles with colleagues."
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