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John Evans

ISTE | Big maker ideas don't require big-ticket items - 2 views

  • Start by picking a project that aligns with your curricular goals and allow students to create artifacts that demonstrate their knowledge. The learning, and the off-the-charts engagement, comes from building or creating something to show what they’ve learned.
  • “A makerspace can be more extravagant, of course. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing a 3D-printed item emerge out of nothing,” Vrotny says. “But you can start simply and inexpensively.”
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    "As is often the case with innovations in learning and teaching, getting started with that first lesson or project is the biggest hurdle. So it is with making, a learning approach that allows students to learn by doing and solve problems with tinkering and trial and error.

    Despite what you may have heard, maker projects and makerspaces don't require expensive equipment like 3D printers or laser cutters.  

    Check out the small-scale maker projects that attendees were doing in the Maker Playground at ISTE 2015:"
John Evans

10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "f you're planning to give project-based learning a try during the coming school year, you may hope a spark of inspiration will strike during the summer months that will lead to a memorable PBL experience. And maybe that's just the excuse that hard-working teachers need to take a hike or daydream by a pool.

    But here's another surefire strategy for PBL planning: borrow project ideas from your colleagues and adapt or remix to fit your context.

    Here are ten project ideas that I've gathered from a busy season of summer conferences and professional development events (including ISTE 2015 and PBL World, an annual event hosted by the Buck Institute for Education).

    By sharing their thinking at this early draft stage, teachers invite feedback from peers. That's another strategy for effective project planning. (Most project ideas were shared anonymously and some are mashups of similar suggestions. Thanks to the creative teachers behind these PBL plans.)"
John Evans

9 Awesome Pinterest Classroom Ideas and Activities - 2 views

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    "The image-heavy social media platform Pinterest isn't just for making pretty digital tack boards filled with DIY projects and delicious food recipes. Pinterest is a great educational tool for teachers, homeschool parents, and other educators around the world. And the best thing is, it's free!
    With links to virtually millions of ideas, Pinterest offers a wealth of great information and learning ideas that can be applied to almost any educational environment. Everything is keyword searchable and Pinterest "pins" can be commented on and liked, similar to Facebook.
    Here we feature 9 great Pinterest classroom ideas that will engage and entertain both teachers and students alike."
John Evans

http://makeymakey.com/lessons/ - 0 views

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    MakeyMakey Project Ideas
John Evans

Make a Stylish Flashlight Out of Kitchen Trash | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electroni... - 1 views

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    "You could call it a trashlight, a handy and handsome AA flashlight made out of little more than a soda can and a cereal box (plus a bulb and two AA batteries). Before you say anything, yes, of course you can buy super-cheap penlights like this. But that would be largely missing the point here. This is about making something yourself, something out of nothing. And I guarantee you that if you take the time to do this project, to render literal garbage into an useful everyday tool, you will get the warmest, fuzziest feeling every time you illuminate some dark corner of your world with it."
John Evans

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers | Class Tech Tips - 3 views

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    "Stop Motion Studio is a filmmaking app that can be used across the content areas.  Similar to the Lego movies you may have seen made by filmmakers on YouTube or claymation characters moving across the screen.  In the classroom teachers are using this app to have students demonstrate their understanding of content in lots of subject areas."
John Evans

Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "With the National Week of Making behind us, you might be ready to start a makerspace in your school -- but not know where to start. Will purchasing a costly 3D printer and the latest robotics kit ensure learning and maker success? What are some steps to starting a successful makerspace from scratch?"
John Evans

Kids Are Using Minecraft To Design A More Sustainable World | Co.Exist | ideas + impact - 0 views

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    "If you're going to communicate effectively with young people, it helps to do it in a language and format they understand. Like Minecraft, for instance. One hundred million people already play the Swedish-born game, and even those who haven't played can soon appreciate its build-it-with-blocks vernacular.

    UN-Habitat, the UN's agency for sustainable urban development, has a program to improve public space in developing world cities. It helps build new parks, squares, sports fields, and sidewalks, and promotes the value of public space to local people. Recently, it's used Minecraft to engage young people."
Phil Taylor

3 Ideas To Help You Feel Better About Your Kids and Screens - 2 views

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    3 Ideas To Help You Feel Better About Your Kids and Screens http://t.co/sCtGMcXUpR
John Evans

Apps in Action: Skitch Lesson Ideas | That #EdTech Guy's Blog - 0 views

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    "Skitch is a fantastic tool for annotating images. It enables the user to precisely point to features of interest and add text. There are many ways this could be used. One instance is like the image above where I have added key questions to an image. This provides more focus than merely presenting a blank image and prompts discussion. Following on from this, I have given learners the blank background image and asked them to annotate theirs by answering the questions. Alternatively, a teacher could present a blank image and ask students to identify the key features and annotate it live, based on students feedback. Although this could have traditionally been done by projecting an image and annotating it using a whiteboard marker, the great thing about Skitch is that all of that great feedback is not lost: it's stored in a clear way which can then be distributed to students as a point of reference."
John Evans

Those Goofy DENny Awards Videos | Ideas and Thoughts - 1 views

  • Adding split lens to you and your students toolkit is yet another way to pursue creativity and storytelling. I’m sure you and your students can find ways to make more fascinating and interesting than I’ve done with the DENny Award videos. I’m no longer surprised when “stupid” fuels my creative juices. I’m not sure that we always appreciate or understand that.
John Evans

ISTE CONNECTS Meet the Makers - Google+ - 1 views

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    "Join a few of our ISTE 2015 Makerspace presenters for a 30 minute chat."

    Laura Briggs, Sylvia Martinez, Vinnie Vrotny talk everything Makerspaces in advance of their sessions at ISTE 2015.
John Evans

STEMSeeds10: Lesson Ideas with Kylie Sanders | STEM seeds - 4 views

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    "This is an archived Google Hangout video and audio recording of a STEMseeds interview with K-4 elementary STEM teacher Kylie Sanders (@piedmontstem) on April 4, 2015. We discussed STEM lesson plans and project ideas, Kylie's experiences as a first year "traveling" STEM teacher, challenges aligning lessons to standards and more! Amy Loeffelholz shared updates from her "single gender" STEM Club experiments this semester, and everyone discussed their latest classroom lessons and projects. Check out our shownotes for links to referenced resources."
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