Author: Kevin Jarrett

Kevin teaches Design at a public middle school in New Jersey. Emily Pilloton (Project H) inspired him to “bring back shop class, but orient the projects around things the community needed.” So, he created a new program at his school called “Technology, Engineering & Design” and built a makerspace/fablab called “Digital Shop.” Kevin wants his students to make the world a better place, so they finish the year with capstone projects that benefit people in the community and around the world. Digital Shop embraces low- and high-tech design, especially digital fabrication, using reductive (laser engraving) and additive (3D printing) technologies. Year Two of their program adds a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, including coordination with the US Patent & Trademark Office, established entrepreneurs, and nearby community organizations / business partners. In addition to his instructional responsibilities, Kevin advises an after school Robotics club and TV/Media Production team. He is a second-career educator, having left the private sector after 9/11 to pursue his dream becoming a teacher. Prior to his current assignment in middle school, Kevin taught elementary students about technology with a focus on engineering, including mobile devices and Google Apps for Education. Kevin is also a Google Certified Innovator.

Built to Last?

I try not to look at my old elementary classroom / lab / makerspace (sic) when I walk by these days. It doesn’t look like this, anymore: I have only been gone a year (I now teach in our middle school – in the same district and building). The space has since been repurposed (made… Read more »

The Day I Met Edith Ackerman’s Beautiful Mind

She sat, alone, at the table in front of the auditorium, fielding questions after her mesmerizing keynote at Fablearn 2016. An audience member pondered: “I’m interested in the nexus of purpose and play, as someone who works with numerous students, I think the idea of getting people to make and be creative is critically important… Read more »

Parrot Minidrones, Tickle & Tynker: A Lesson in Edtech Economics

We have been using the now-discontinued Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrones in my district for a few years now. They do not require FAA registration, are relatively inexpensive, amazingly durable, easy to program and fun to fly.  As you can see in the photo at left, these devices can really captivate and engage learners of all ages as… Read more »

Fablearn: the most amazing conference you (probably) never heard of

Them: “What are you up to this weekend?” Me: “Going to San Francisco for a conference.” Them: “For the weekend? What conference?” Me: “Fablearn, at Stanford.” Them: “What’s ‘Fablearn’?” Me: “Well, it’s…” And so went many conversations as Fablearn 2016 approached. It would be my second time attending, but the first as a newly-minted Fablearn… Read more »