Category: 2014 Fellows

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

Papert's 8 big ideas traslated to Catalan

by on February 12, 2017 7:37 am
8 grans idees darrere del Laboratori Construccionista d’Aprenentatge Extracte de la tesi doctoral “An Investigation of Contructionism at the Maine Youth Center? de Gary Stager 2007. La primera gran idea és aprendre fent. Tots aprenem millor quan l’aprenentatge és una part del fer alguna cosa que ens sembla realment interessant. Aprenem de la millor manera… Read more Papert's 8 big ideas traslated to Catalan

8 grandes ideas Papert’s Eight Big Ideas translation to spanish

by on February 11, 2017 8:19 am
8 grandes ideas detrás del Laboratorio Construccionista de Aprendizaje Extracto de la tesis doctoral “An Investigation of Contructionism at the Maine Youth Center” de Gary Stager 2007. La primera gran idea es aprender haciendo. Todos aprendemos mejor cuando el aprendizaje es parte de hacer algo que nos parece realmente interesante. Aprendemos de la mejor manera… Read more 8 grandes ideas Papert’s Eight Big Ideas translation to spanish

How we ran a 3 week engineering design experience for 7th graders

by on January 26, 2017 3:58 am
At Bullis Charter School we developed a full-time 3 week Engineering Design experience which I will detail on this post. When it comes to making experiences, it’s hard to imagine a deeper and more rigorous one as offered by engineering. Authors and advocates of maker ed will say that it is about creating conditions for… Read more How we ran a 3 week engineering design experience for 7th graders

The Problem with Standards in Public K-12

by on December 27, 2016 10:28 pm
I recently read ‘Measuring What Matters Most: Choice-Based Assessments for the Digital Age’ by Daniel L. Schwartz and Dylan Arena. It’s not about maker ed but its first degree cousin ‘game based learning’. One problem it touches on is the standards, which are also a significant hurdle for maker education in public K-12. The compulsory nature… Read more The Problem with Standards in Public K-12

Thinking about 3d Geographical Representations

by on November 28, 2016 12:10 am
As a history teacher, I work with maps. I work with students to see how maps can help them understand events. I work with students to read maps. And I work with students to help them make maps.  As we look toward one of the big projects of the 8th grade year, National History Day,… Read more Thinking about 3d Geographical Representations

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

What I'm Reading

by on April 13, 2016 8:27 pm
A few weeks ago, someone on the K-12 Digital Fabrication Google Group pointed out that there are some similarities between teaching making and teaching reading. There was a conversation about the “whole language” movement from the 1980s as well as Nancy Atwell and Laura Robb’s Reading Workshop model of teaching reading. I knew nothing about… Read more What I'm Reading

"Making" in California K-12 Education

by on January 28, 2015 10:42 pm
In schools, “maker” education has been typically known for many years as hands-on project based learning (PBL). While “maker” education continues to deepen its roots in small pockets of the nation’s private education, the introduction and implementation of “making” into California public education still has a long road to go. Efforts are underway to provide… Read more "Making" in California K-12 Education

Watching Children Learn

by on December 31, 2014 8:47 pm
One of the most meaningful things that I get to do as a teacher is to watch my students learn. What makes it most exciting and interesting for me is observing this learning through their eyes and their contexts. I have several Flip Cameras located in the classroom long with my Point and Shoot camera and the… Read more Watching Children Learn