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John Evans

What does "making" have to do with learning? | Sylvia Libow Martinez - 0 views

  • Making is not just the simple act of you being the difference between raw materials and finished product, as in “I made dinner” or even “I made a robot.” I don’t think we always need to ascribe learning to the act of making — but the act of making allows the maker, and maybe an outsider (a teacher, perhaps) to have a window into the thinking of the maker.
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    "One of the biggest issues I have with many descriptions of "making" in education is that it's about students just being creative with tools or materials.  I strongly disagree. Making is not just the simple act of you being the difference between raw materials and finished product, as in "I made dinner" or even "I made a robot." I don't think we always need to ascribe learning to the act of making - but the act of making allows the maker, and maybe an outsider (a teacher, perhaps) to have a window into the thinking of the maker."
John Evans

Top Tips from 17 Amazing Makers - 0 views

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    "For our 50th issue of Make: (April/May 2016), we decided to talk to a number of people who have contributed to the magazine, shown at Maker Faire, written for the website, and who have basically been a huge part of the success of Maker Media, to share some of what they've been up to recently. We asked them about current projects they're working on, some of their favorite tips (on everything from practical shop workings to a maker pro's bottom line), and any inspiring memories they've had during their time in the maker movement. You can see the full feature piece in the magazine.

    We got responses from 28 people. As you can imagine, we received way more material than we could fit in the magazine. Since many of the tips were too good not to share, we decided to share the rest of them here on the website. Enjoy."
John Evans

Who's Going to Teach America's Kids to Code-and How? | TakePart - 0 views

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    "But who will teach those students-and how they'll be taught-has emerged as a concern among some education experts. 

    "If Congress passes this funding opportunity, we really need to focus on how to prepare existing teachers who have no computer programming experience on how to integrate computing into math and science education," Harry Cheng, the director of the Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at the University of California, Davis, told TakePart. "
John Evans

Stop Thinking and Start Doing -- A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach! | graphite Blog - 0 views

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    "You've no doubt read countless blogs and articles about the incredible impact makerspaces can have in schools. You may even have started rearranging your space, or perhaps you've created an Amazon wish list. But after being a maker-librarian for nearly two years, I can assure you that you should really stop thinking about starting a makerspace ... and just do it. 

    I spent a solid year planning my makerspace. I developed a vision statement and set goals. I made an infographic for my administration, listing standards that would be addressed. I weeded my library like crazy and made mock-ups using Google Drawings to help them envision the new space.

    At conferences I went to everything with the word "maker" in the title. I set up a filter on TweetDeck to see everything posted on #makered and #makerspace. And while I learned a ton and met a lot of amazing people, I really regret not having my own space already established before going into all these learning experiences.

    Which is why I strongly recommend you stop thinking about starting your makerspace and just get started."
John Evans

3 Most Common 3D Printer Errors and Their Fixes | - 1 views

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    "One day, we will be able to press a button and a nearly perfect 3D printed object will appear a few hours later. No fuss, no muss. Sounds great, right!? Although 3D technology has come a long way, there is no magic button yet and every maker will run into a challenge once in a while.  But you're a maker, so you tinker and always figure out a fix.

    To help you find fixes a little faster, here's a few of the common errors you might run into and possible adjustments to solve these problems. "
John Evans

Ways To Use Lego In The Classroom | Teaching Ideas - 2 views

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    "When I'm not busy working on our teaching websites, I can usually be found playing Lego with our children! It's an incredibly creative toy, but it can also be used to support work in a number of different curriculum areas. Here is our HUGE list of ways to use Lego in the classroom. Many of these ideas have been contributed by our wonderful Facebook community. If you have any other suggestions, please add a comment at the bottom of the page.

    Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!"
John Evans

64 places you can learn to code online for free - Business Insider - 1 views

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    "If you're brand new to the world of web design and web development, it makes sense to get started learning to code by utilizing all the free resources available online.

    This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.

    However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)

    To make things easier, I compiled a list of 64 FREE web design and development resources."
John Evans

5 New Google Form Features to Try - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "If you have opened Google Forms lately, you've probably noticed that things are looking a little different! Don't worry, this Google Forms does everything the older version did… and a few more cool things! If you get a little annoyed with it, you can always go back to the old version. Just click the little the man in the bottom left corner and you will be back in your familiar territory. However, if you're feeling creative, check out the new tools! Here are five of my favorites!"
John Evans

How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos - 2 views

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    "How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Essential DIY Project"

    Lots more projects included here besides the lanyard. Check it out for you makerspace.
John Evans

5 Maker Podcasts You Should Be Listening To - 1 views

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    "Makers are a passionate bunch, and when we're not in the shop, we like to watch other people in the shop or listen to other people talk about being in the shop. Here, in no particular order, are five podcasts about makers and making that are absolutely worth your time."
John Evans

Weekend Watch: "Layer By Layer" Teaches Design for 3D Printing - 1 views

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    "Designing your own 3D printed parts is a skill that every person who owns a printer should have or be actively acquiring. The power to design exactly what you want feels incredible when you actually have it, and the lack of those skills is incredibly frustrating when they present themselves.

    More from Weekend Watch


    Weekend Watch: This Hydraulic Press Channel Is Crushing It

    Weekend Watch: "Ron's Stuff" Is a Collection of Kinetic Wooden Sculptures

    Weekend Watch: "Geek Builders" Blends Geeky and Practical in Videos
    Noe Ruiz over at Adafruit has an ongoing educational series called "Layer by Layer". If you skim back through the playlist, there are over 40 videos about designing for 3D printing."
John Evans

Integrating Technology and Literacy | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "When teaching with digital natives in a digital world, one question facing many educators revolves around integrating technology to help facilitate learning: How do you work technology into the pedagogy, instead of just using something cool? That task can be especially daunting in language arts literacy classrooms where reading and writing skill development is the crux of daily lessons. However, as 1:1 technology initiatives roll out, integrating technology into the classroom is our reality.

    With hundreds of sites, apps, Chrome extensions, and platforms available, choosing the right ones can seem overwhelming. As an eighth-grade language arts teacher, I've experienced this myself. Following are four tools that can help provide immediate formative assessment data as well as top-of-the-rotation feedback to help students develop personal learning goals."
John Evans

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students | MindShift |... - 0 views

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    "Students' behavior is a form of communication and when it's negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health. Teacher training programs mostly assume that kids in public schools will be "typical," but that assumption can handicap teachers when they get into real classrooms."
John Evans

Does "Brainstorming" Lead To Innovation? - The Principal of Change - 2 views

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    "I have a confession to make.  I hate meetings.

    Maybe that is not entirely true. I hate bad meetings.

    You know the ones where you spend a lot of time going round and round in circles, yet seem to accomplish little at the end of the day.  One of those main staples of these meetings has been "brainstorming".  This process is one that has been heralded in not only meetings, but also for "Design Thinking" (here is a document on the techniques os brainstorming in design thinking from Stanford University, Institute of Design).

    So out of sheer curiosity, I googled "brainstorming is bad" to see what I found (not biased at all I know).  Here are a few of the articles that I read with little snippets from each."
John Evans

How to Convert PDF to Word for Free - 2 views

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    "If I had a dollar for each and every time someone has asked me to suggest a great PDF to Word converter, I'd probably be able to shop at Whole Foods every day for a month. It's one of the conversion types topping the formatting pile.

    My love of organic fruit and veg aside, here are some of the best free PDF to Word converters around."
John Evans

3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms | Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology ... - 1 views

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    "Some time ago I wrote a blog post entitled 3 Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms. It proved to be a popular post, so I thought it was time to do a follow up with three MORE top tips that you can use in your classroom when embarking on multimedia green screen projects. So, take a look at the ideas below, and feel free to submit your top tips in the comments below."
John Evans

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize | Ditch Tha... - 1 views

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    "Now, teachers can bring that experience into the classroom when students aren't home sick.

    Several digital tools created for the classroom bring those exciting experiences to students with learning as the focus.

    Here are some of the ones I've found that I think are the best, along with pros, cons and what makes them different:"
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