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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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Two kids are using hot glue guns, working at a crafting station, piecing together creative looking buildings to scale.
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Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention

By incorporating making into the history curriculum, teachers can help students recognize that everything has history, and creatively engage them in reinventing that history.

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Middle School Maker Journey: First Month's Reflections

In part four of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on month #1 in a middle school makerspace, reviewing assumptions, what's going well, and what could be better.

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Middle School Maker Journey: Students' First Impressions of "Digital Shop"

In part three of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett looks through his middle school students' eyes as they discover and begin exploring their school's new makerspace.

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Maker Education: Reaching All Learners
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Maker Education: Reaching All Learners

At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning.

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Middle School Maker Journey: 19 Days (and Counting) to Launch

In part two of his year-long series, middle school teacher Kevin Jarrett reviews the manifesto, mantra, and materials necessary to make a maker program from scratch.

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A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup

A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.

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Chest down, a teen is sitting at a hand-made desk. It's made of a cardboard triangular desktop, three cardboard tubes as desk legs -- with tennis balls at the bottom of two of them -- and two solid, cylindrical wooden rods connecting the desk legs.
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Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture?

Follow the process as psychology and architecture classes join forces to design and build furniture for their high school's new learning spaces.

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6 Reasons Why Puppets Will Change Your Classroom Forever

Puppet-based learning teaches students design thinking, growth mindset, writing, how to work in sharable media, and how to approach learning without fear. Plus, it's fun!

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STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World

Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us.

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5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science.

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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Technology
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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech

Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.

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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

12 1,354 14,526 views
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5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning

Learning and learning outcomes are more meaningful to students when teachers engage their passions, unleash their creativity, and give them time and tools for innovation.

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