“You want a group where the group is smarter than any one individual” says James Paul Gee. Teachers are always thinking about how to increase collaboration and transitioning ourselves to be facilitators rather than givers of knowledge. As an educator, I feel that I should not be the sole judge of academic or creative success. […]Read more "Assessing Our Assessment"
As a STEM educator, I’ve been doing some research into the Maker Movement. In the past few years, I have been looking at various tools such as 3D Printers, littleBits, MakeyMakey, Squishy Circuits, and Arduinos as a few examples. These are all tools that did not exist when I was a young learner and often […]Read more "Innovation Within The Maker Movement"
My lab is a moderately sized classroom that requires a creative use of space. The lab tables are heavy and require two people to lift each table. With the amount of materials I need to keep in my room and the space I need for the tables, it’s hard to redesign the learning space physically. […]Read more "Reimagining the Classroom"
The Maker Movement is a great way to engage students in creative exercises that foster critical thinking. The littleBits snap circuits provide a variety of ways students can invent an electric module that embodies what the Maker Movement is all about. I purchased my littleBits over the summer as a way to explore how the […]Read more "Maker Lesson Plan"
Science is a social organism. Kids always ask themselves, “Well what does this have to do with me?” For middle schoolers, it goes a step further where kids don’t just ask what’s in it for them, but how does society perceive what science should mean to them. Facilitation of peer collaboration is an important aspect […]Read more "Makers Making the Future of a Scientific Society"
The Maker Movement is the new hot thing in education lately. When I say lately, it’s been quite a few years, but it seems that more recently there has been a push in technology to support the innovative way of the STEM related DIY craze. Needless to say, when Little Bits came around, the intrigue […]Read more "Maker Mania"
I have always been a fan of remixes. The idea of sampling music to incorporate into new genres, or how a DJ would mix vinyl records on a set of turntables. Teachers are often masters of the remix, borrowing ideas from the vast resources we try to share. Technology in society is changing rapidly and […]Read more "Miss Mixalot"