Posts published in November, 2014

Making for Making Sake? or STEAM for 21st Century Job Skills?

by on November 29, 2014 8:17 pm
Making for Making Sake? or STEAM for 21st Century Job Skills?    – Kropotkin Thank You Sylvia Martinez of Invent to Learn for this Conversation According to Educational Philosopher Gert Biesta, professor of educational theory and policy at the University of Luxembourg, “Education debate tends to be based on a truth about the nature and… Read more Making for Making Sake? or STEAM for 21st Century Job Skills?

18th Century Buildings, Vector Drawing, History, and Math

by on November 22, 2014 8:15 pm
Sometimes a technology skill building activity takes on a life of its own, and this time a simple inkscape tracing project turned into a collaboration with math and a spring board for several related activities. Last year students reported on surveys that one of the most challenging parts of their end of they year project… Read more 18th Century Buildings, Vector Drawing, History, and Math

New: Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature

by on November 13, 2014 8:14 pm
A new literature review was just released by the Board of Science Education (an NSF funded program associated with the National Academies) called: Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature, by Shirin Vossoughi and Bronwyn Bevan http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/docs/publications/1389898569543ea0951a19d.pdf The Board of Sciences has commisioned this and several other papers focused on informal and afterschool STEM learning. More information and… Read more New: Making and Tinkering: A Review of the Literature

The church says "Amen"! : Leah Buechley rocks as she works to decenter "Making"

by on November 9, 2014 8:12 pm
Leah Buechley rocks and I have been impressed and moved by her since we met.   When she was working and researching at the MIT Media Lab High Low Technology Group, Leah also had a tremendous impact on Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn. She and her graduate students had a deep understanding for the… Read more The church says "Amen"! : Leah Buechley rocks as she works to decenter "Making"

The "Unstructured Classroom" and other misconceptions about Constructivist Learning

by on November 2, 2014 8:05 pm
Is Student-Centered Code for Lord of the Flies?   Ask any average kid what his or her favorite part of the school day is and you will probably get the answer lunch or recess. Kids love unstructured time because they have the privacy to fail while taking risks or learning how to be a social… Read more The "Unstructured Classroom" and other misconceptions about Constructivist Learning

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins: Recontextualizing the Makerspace & Culturally Responsive Education

by on November 1, 2014 11:51 pm
At the Fab Learn Conference last weekend, I was struck that Paulo Blickstein set the tone by making a strong argument for maker education to focus on inclusion and equity even suggesting the importance of giving  “an unfair advantage to low income youth.” Here in Boston I am part of the work of the Race,… Read more Dr. Nettrice Gaskins: Recontextualizing the Makerspace & Culturally Responsive Education