Sylvia Martinez

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Sylvia Martinez

United States Maker, mom, electrical engineer, game designer, and maybe more.


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FabLearn webinar - What is the "Maker Mindset"?

by on June 3, 2017 9:06 pm
Watch this FabLearn Fellow webinar. The topic is “Maker Mindset” – what does it mean for modern learning spaces?   This webinar will also be available as part of the FabLearn podcast series Meaningful Making at meaningfulmaking.simplecast.fm. If you want to have the latest episode of Meaningful Making delivered to your phone / computer the moment it’s released,… Read more FabLearn webinar - What is the "Maker Mindset"?

FabLearn webinar - What does "Maker Mindset" look like in the real world?

by on June 3, 2017 9:04 pm
Watch this FabLearn webinar about what the “Maker Mindset” looks like in real learning spaces. The FabLearn Fellows discuss the topic with Sylvia Martinez and Paulo Blikstein, director of the FabLearn program, wrapping up with a guest appearance from the students in Tracy Rudzitis’s maker class in New York City. This webinar will also be available… Read more FabLearn webinar - What does "Maker Mindset" look like in the real world?

FabLearn Fellows webinar - guest Gary Stager

by on May 15, 2017 8:21 pm
Watch this FabLearn Fellow webinar with special guest Gary Stager. Gary spoke on the topic of “Constructionism and Teaching.” We covered a lot of ground in this webinar including: constructivism, Seymour Papert, changing teaching practices, what makes a good project, use of kits, documentation, making as more than just “hands-on,” makerspaces vs. classroom integrated making… Read more FabLearn Fellows webinar - guest Gary Stager

Three Cs Webinar - Constructivism, Constructionism, and Critical Pedagogy

by on May 5, 2017 2:13 am
This video is the first of a couple of webinars with the FabLearn Fellows about some of the big ideas of education that support digital fabrication and making in education. Along with several of the FabLearn Fellows, Sylvia Martinez interviews Paulo Blikstein about “Three Cs – Constructivism, Constructionism, and Critical Pedagogy.”   We were also… Read more Three Cs Webinar - Constructivism, Constructionism, and Critical Pedagogy

Around the World with the 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

by on March 16, 2017 11:44 pm
The FabLearn Fellows have started to create translations of the Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Laboratory by Seymour Papert into various languages. In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when he created the constructionist, technology-rich, project-based, multi-aged Constructionist Learning Laboratory inside of Maine’s troubled prison… Read more Around the World with the 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

by on February 5, 2017 10:30 pm
One of the challenges that many FabLearn Fellows face is explaining the concept of constructionism to other educators, volunteers, administrators, parents, and even students! Luckily, we have Seymour Papert to the rescue as he faced this exact situation. In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when… Read more 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

First posts from the 2016 FabLearn Fellows - Inspiration, resources, and confessions

by on December 7, 2016 6:13 am
The 2016 Stanford University FabLearn Fellows cohort is getting started on a year long journey of sharing their diverse experiences in  schools, community organizations, and museums. They are educators who serve a variety of age groups and populations in North and South America, Africa, and Europe. They are newcomers and veterans, all devoted to the idea that… Read more First posts from the 2016 FabLearn Fellows - Inspiration, resources, and confessions

Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford England

by on September 12, 2016 11:09 pm
Hi all, I wanted to share a cool museum experience from my travels. The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, England was one of the most interesting museums I’ve visited in a long time. It’s organized so differenty than anywhere else – by theme, rather than by time, culture, or other more common organizing principles. So… Read more Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford England

Making it real - constructionism comes to life

by on June 15, 2015 9:52 pm
The 2014/2015 FabLearn Fellows are a diverse group of 18 educators and makers. They represent eight states and five countries, and work with a wide range of ages at schools, museums, universities and non-profits. Throughout the course of the year, they will develop curriculum and resources, as well as contribute to current research projects. Their blogs represent… Read more Making it real - constructionism comes to life

Maker research: instruments for efficacy and visual spatial skills

by on April 23, 2015 8:16 pm
Shaunna Smith, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Texas State University who I met at the Maker Ed Summit in Arizona last fall. She has been facilitating art + math makercamps for middle school girls with a focus on impacts to their efficacy and visual spatial skills. They use the Revised Purdue Spatial Visualization Tests:… Read more Maker research: instruments for efficacy and visual spatial skills

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