Category: 2016 Fellows

I’m a FabLearn Fellow and So Can You!

Woot! I’m excited to announce that I was selected as a Stanford FabLearn Fellow. http://fablearn.org/fellows/ While I’m very proud to be a part of the Fellows cohort there isn’t anything magic about being selected. I’ve posted my application at https://designmaketeach.com/ 2016/07/09/fablearn- fellowship-application/. (I also applied in 2014 and wasn’t selected.) The FabLearn Fellows program isn’t an… Read more »

Innovation Literacy and the STEM Monster

Ask…. and ye shall answer your own questions “I hope to apply a strong focus on place-based making and science while here in Atlanta…I also noticed that this year’s research panel was very program and project focused, or more practical in nature. This gives me hope that higher education is stepping up to the plate… Read more »

Designing for Constructionism and Learner Autonomy

Every learner deserves a space to go to every day that will expose them to the beauty of the world and the intrepid explorer that they truly are. How can learning spaces cultivate this goal while encouraging constructive autonomy in the youngest of learners? Two spaces that I have had the pleasure of visiting have… Read more »

Before Making there is a Mindset

My kids make stuff.  They’re not geeks, they’re girls.  Sure they know how to make an LED light up, run a laser cutter job, yep.  Yet, even with all of this, their go-to material is still paper, and tape –lots of tape. I think we may be making making too complex. For years I taught… Read more »

Constructionism, a Learning Theory and a Model for Maker Education

In response to a literal call for #HELP on Twitter, I pulled together  three blogs from various resources. This is blog 3 of 3 to help construct my own knowledge on the topics of making in schools and the two learning theories constructivism and constructionism.  Constructionism, a Learning Theory Centuries in the Making Standing on a foundation… Read more »

Constructivist Science

In response to a literal call for #HELP on Twitter, I pulled together three blogs from various resources. This is blog 2 of 3 to construct my own knowledge on the topics of making in schools and the two learning theories constructivism and constructionism.  Constructivist Science The idea that each individual should learn through direct experience rather… Read more »

Where Art and Design Education meets MakerEd

Making knows no boundary between discrete disciplines in education. As innovation programs facilitate skill sharing and as makerspaces and fab labs become more common in schools, art programs can access exciting new tools for self-expression and design. At the recent NAEA Conference in Chicago, the volume of STEAM and makerspaces sessions was a testament to the growing knowledge base… Read more »