The Maker Movement has been receiving more and more attention lately. I thought I’d quickly bring together a few links giving an introduction to it, and invite readers to contribute more.
Here is a beginning list:
Invent To Learn: Makers in the classroom is by by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary S. Stager, and appeared in Middleweb. It’s clearly the best place to start.
You might also want to listen to a nine-minute podcast interview I did with Sylvia and Tanya Baker from The National Writing Project.
Meet the Makers: Can a DIY movement revolutionize how we learn? is from The School Library Journal.
Dive into the Maker Movement is from Edutopia.
Explore Maker Faire Education.
How “making” leads to “fixing” is by Clive Thompson.
The Maker Movement Matters is from Smart Blogs.
The Lure of the Technological Sublime: Morozov and the Makers is from Education Week.
I’ve posted a two-part series on The Maker Movement at my Education Week Teacher blog, and here are additional resources suggested by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager in their guest response (I didn’t have space to include them there):
• Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Education in the Classroom – This website is the home of a groundbreaking book by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager. Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom gives educators a practical guide to bringing 21st century tools, technology, and pedagogy to any classroom. The website also includes recommended books and hundreds of links to resources and professional development for making, tinkering, and engineering in the K-12 classroom.
• Video – Making in Education – Gary Stager’s interview with Steve Hargadon at the 2012 San Mateo Maker Faire
• Constructing Modern Knowledge – premier event for teacher professional learning with the tools and materials of the 21st century.
• Make magazine The bible of the Maker Movement.
• Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show is a video series produced by Sylvia, an 11-year-old maker, and her father. The videos are youthful and vibrant examples of playful technology.
Joey Hudy Goes to the Whitehouse Joey Hudy is a young maker and entrepreneur who surprised President Obama with a homemade marshmallow cannon in the White House.
Outside the Skinner Box: Can Education Technology Make a Course Correction? is by Gary Stager.
With 3D Printers, ‘You’re Only Limited By Your Imagination!’ is another one of my Education Week Teacher posts.
Making (in) History: Learning by Reinvention is from Edutopia.
CLMOOC Make Bank is filled with tons of ideas on how teachers in every subject can utilize ideas from The Maker Movement into their classroom.
What Is the Point of a Makerspace? is from Cult of Pedagogy.
Thinking Routines + Tools + Practices is a Project Zero related series of practices related to the Maker movement.
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