Sometimes there are lessons that you learn in your journey to try new technology that you wish you would have known sooner. Here are just a few that I have learned in the last 6 months in regards to 3D printing. Lesson 1 – Consume to Create You need to consume in order to create.
The Why…. Our makerspace is called The SP Design Lab. The SP Design Lab is modeled after the Makerspace movement where our students are able to access different materials to create and design in both the physical and virtual environments. Too often our students are told what they should do, how they should do it,
Who doesn’t like puppets? Meet Conni Mulligan, our DEN guru and expert in how to integrate puppetry into the learning environment. Conni’s passion for puppetry is infectious and the ways that she integrates puppets in storytelling and giving students voice.At the DENovator Faire, Conni shared a wonderful way to create puppets. Her area was three
Meet Kate… she is the creator queen. Last year she introduced and dazzled other educators throughout the USA and Canada with her making ability. She quickly inspired so many of us to return to our younger years where we played with hula hoops… but she took it one step further. She helped us to create
Making is a passion that comes naturally to me. But LEDs and circuitry are very new to me. This June Instructables had a LED Build Night opportunity where makerspaces could apply for free materials. I applied for our SP Design Lab as the hope this year is to expand beyond lunch hour and after-school to family and
Meet another of our DENovators. Zulma is one of the core contributors to iMake iLearn as well as the leader of several LC Community Projects. Her endless energy and encouragement have impacted many DEN members around the country. She is one of my inspirations and positively impacts my life from many miles away. She helped
This year I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in DENSI 2014 (Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute). Over 140 educators from the United States, Canada, and the UK are selected to participate and learn together about different ways to integrate technology to support student learning. This year a Maker Night was added called
A few weeks ago I tried a small group math game using the Spheros, Sphero Drive app, and Math Marks the Spot. First we practiced navigating with the Sphero before starting the game. Placing a piece of tape on the floor, each sphero started away from the mat. Rolling the large foam number dice, students were asked
Coursera – Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning Course Description:Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire students’ interest, engagement, and understanding in science. The Tinkering Fundamentals course will help educators and enthusiasts develop a practice of tinkering and making. This course will focus on key design elements of high-quality, science-rich tinkering activities,
Do you remember what it was like to get lost in a world for hours of your own imagination? How about the excitement of learning something new and wanting to spend hours just doing that? If you are like me, I remember it but now I pretend that I am too old to play games.