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Maker Education

How are educators harnessing the energy of the maker movement to inspire student exploration across multiple subjects? Discover resources and share advice.
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Making Room for Making

To bring maker education to your school, find a space, purchase equipment and supplies carefully, budget and partner creatively, and encourage ongoing student involvement.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

Embracing Student Creativity with a Wonder Shelf

Providing math students with manipulatives and art supplies can bring excitement, engagement, and elements of a Makerspace into the classroom.

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens

The messy, hands-on Maker classroom is perfect for a PBL unit when the teacher is willing to collaborate, tinker, fix, break, and rebuild alongside students.

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Resources for Maker Education

Find resources and tools to help bring elements of maker culture into schools and classrooms, and encourage students to explore STEAM subjects within the context of maker projects.

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4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

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Middle School Maker Journey: Review, Rethink, and Retool

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Jaw-Dropping Classroom 3D Printer Creations

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Jaw-Dropping Classroom 3D Printer Creations

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5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills

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4 Practices for Increasing Student Engagement

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Middle School Maker Journey: Assessment in an Ungraded Classroom

In part seven of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett examines the role of student reflection and the challenges of assessment in his (ungraded) middle school makerspace.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

In part six of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on his middle school makerspace's successes and growth opportunities, with an eye on the upcoming capstone projects.

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Resources for Maker Education

Find resources and tools to help bring elements of maker culture into schools and classrooms, and encourage students to explore STEAM subjects within the context of maker projects.

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Resources and Downloads for STEM

Explore ways to use STEM lessons and approaches to help students practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Try One New Thing in the New Year

Check out these suggestions that include adding coding to your curriculum or turning your classroom into a makerspace.

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Encouraging Neurodiversity in Your Makerspace or Classroom

While students with neurological differences face daily challenges, they bring unique qualities of focus, nonlinear thinking, recall, and brainstorming enthusiasm to a makerspace or classroom.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace.

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Jaw-Dropping Classroom 3D Printer Creations

Learn what 3D printing is, what students like to create with this technology, and the low-cost, high-impact potential of improving the world through creative fabrication.

9 4,999 26,162 views
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Starting a School Makerspace from Scratch

Successfully launching a school makerspace includes community buy-in, generating a student buzz, finding cheap or free resources, and building maker activities into the curriculum.

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Creating Makerspaces in Schools

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz reports from EdCamp NYC about design thinking, the maker movement and their relevance to STEM curriculum.

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A photo of a student drawing on a piece of cardboard with black marker.
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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.

2 2,061 24,785 views
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Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens

The messy, hands-on Maker classroom is perfect for a PBL unit when the teacher is willing to collaborate, tinker, fix, break, and rebuild alongside students.

14 1,020 24,785 views
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ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

Writing teacher, world citizen and guest blogger Stephanie West-Puckett reflects on the idea that, by integrating Maker culture into curriculum, we are transforming how learning happens in our schools.

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A young girl is sitting in class building a toy car.
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Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools

In part five of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett highlights the tools and systems that drive the excitement and invention in his middle school makerspace.

4,106 23,211 views

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