Making Maker Learning for K-8 Educators, Day 2

On behalf of Michigan Makers, particularly Sandy Ng, Alex Quay, Amber Lovett, and Stephen Liu, as well as special guest Jeff Sturges of Mt. Elliott Makerspace, thank you to everyone who attended our two-Saturday conference Making Maker Learners on April 18 and 25. Check out the design thinking challenge completed by one group above: creating a locker combination practice prototype!

Here are some links to materials we used:

Please fill out this evaluation and sign up if you’d like to hear about future events.

And, as a recap, here are the links from Day 1 (April 18):

This workshop was made possible by support from the University of Michigan Third Century Initiative and the University of Michigan School of Information Founder’s Fund. We are about to begin a three-year IMLS grant to provide additional statewide professional development about making and make-to-manufacture. Stay tuned for more news about physical and virtual workshops in 2016 and beyond!

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Quotable: On Kids and Tinkering

“There are not enough opportunities in a child’s life to be taken seriously, to be given autonomy and to learn authentically … I think they need learning opportunities that respect and incorporate their ideas.”

- Gever Tulley, in Allison Arieff’s “Learning Through Tinkering,” New York Times, 4/3/2015

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Making Maker Learning Workshop for K-8 Educators, Day 1

Howdy! Thank you to everyone who attended today’s workshop on Making Maker Learning. Here are the resources from today’s workshop:

If you attended today, please fill out the evaluation form!

We’ll look forward to seeing you for Day 2 next Saturday, April 25, from 9am – noon at the Engagement Center (same location as last time). Remember to bring a plastic grocery bag’s worth of recycled materials from home!

This workshop is made possible by support from the University of Michigan Third Century Initiative and the University of Michigan School of Information Founder’s Fund.

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#LibraryMade

Chalkboard sign labeled hashtag LibraryMade for ALA's National Library Week

This week is National Library Week, and this year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities at Your Library,” complete with a social media hashtag of #LibraryMade, in which patrons are encouraged to share their library-facilitated creations.

It’s a theme at the forefront of my mind because my co-PI Silvia Lindtner and I have just been granted a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop maker-related professional education for Michigan libraries, schools, and communities. From the announcement:

The University of Michigan School of Information will develop a multi-step approach to developing maker culture in Michigan libraries in underserved communities. This will include a statewide “road trip” to share knowledge of making, maker culture, infrastructure, tools, and community building with rural libraries and their communities, as well as closer partnering with two libraries for the purpose of engaging them in making on a more sustained level. The school will share its findings in an online maker handbook and in a free virtual conference at the project’s conclusion.

We’ll be making monthly updates at the MakerBridge blog to share what we’re learning in the field and are eager to hit the road beginning in Summer 2015.

What have you made because of libraries this year? Financial decisions? Home improvements? New inventions? Term papers? We’re eager to hear what you’ve learned — or would like to learn — in libraries.

- Kristin Fontichiaro

{cross-posted to MakerBridge blog}

 

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Quotable: More Homework Doesn’t Mean Better Learning

The optimal amount of homework for 13-year-old students is about an hour a day, a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Educational Psychology suggests. And spending too much time on homework is linked to a decrease in academic performance.”

- Liana Heltin, “Heavier Homework Load Linked to Lower Math, Science Performance, Study Says,” Education Week

Heavier Homework Load Linked to Lower Math, Science Performance, Study Says

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Quotable: Charlotte Danielson’s study on “innovation fatigue”

The feedback also revealed several challenges about tackling the new standards. In a nutshell, it’s hard.”

- Charlotte Danielson,  “Helping Educators Overcome ‘Innovation Fatigue,’” Education Week

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Upcoming Webinar 4/30: Makerspaces, Hacking Fashion, and e-Textiles

 

We’re planning a webinar on one of our Michigan Makers group’s favorite things to do: upcycling and adding to thrift shop clothing! Join us for this upcoming webinar. Follow the links on Booklist’s site to register. 

Logo for April 30 Booklist webinar: Makerspaces, Hacking Fashion, and e-Textiles

Are you looking for ways to expand your library’s makerspace offerings and appeal to the creative people in your community whose interests aren’t served by 3D printers or robots? Join Booklist and Cherry Lake Publishing for this free, hour-long webinar featuring Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, who will talk about the power and potential of fashion-centered making. Learn strategies for using inexpensive thrift store purchases as raw materials for custom maker creations. With simple instructions and inexpensive tools, your patrons and students can upcycle t-shirts into tote bags, infinity scarves, and costumes, create winter accessories from discarded fleece garments, add conductive thread to gloves so they can be used with smartphones, create custom t-shirt stencils with scrapbooking machines, and engineer garments that light up. Many of the examples come from Cherry Lake Publishing titles for middle-grade readers, Hacking Fashion: T-ShirtsHacking Fashion: Fleece(forthcoming), and e-Textiles. Moderated by Ilene Cooper, BooklistBooks for Youth Senior Editor. 

Register here! Remember that if you can’t make the webinar when it’s broadcast live, your registration will let you download it later!

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Making Maker Learning Workshop for Librarians and Fellow Informal Educators

Howdy! Thank you to everyone who attended today’s workshop on Making Maker Learning. Here are the resources from today’s workshop:

If you attended today, please fill out the evaluation form!

Are you a school librarian or K-8 classroom teacher? We’re doing this again on April 18 and 25 for you. Free maker materials for the first 20 registrants, and everyone gets free continuing ed credits (SCECH), a free maker book, and free attendance, including breakfast and Zingerman’s lunch! View our conference website to learn more!

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Hello, ACAMIS!

I am delighted to be presenting at the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools in Guangzhou, China, this weekend. Here are the resources we used in the sessions.

Friday Session #1: Crowdsourcing an eBook

Friday Session #2: Making a Makerspace

Saturday Session #1: Artisanal Librarianship

Saturday Session #2: Creative Commons

Saturday Session #3: Rigorous Learning with Technology

Saturday Session #3: Rigorous Learning with Technology

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Free maker learning conferences in Ann Arbor 3/28 OR 4/18&25

Howdy!

Please help us spread the word!

Thanks to funding from the U-M Third Century Initiative and the UMSI Founders Fund, Michigan Makers is hosting two free Making Maker Learners conferences for those who work with K-8 students in formal or informal settings. Join us for a conversation about how we can harness learners’ curiosity and help them program, tinker, construct, engineer, sew, and make their own creations. There will be time for discussion, hands-on experimentation, and even giveaways.

Those who work with K-8 students in informal learning settings (e.g., public libraries, community centers, and after school programs) should register for the Saturday,March 28 session.

Those who work with K-8 students in formal classroom settings, including school libraries, should register for the Saturday sessions on April 18 and 25, because they include a focus on assessment of maker learning. Thanks to our colleagues in the U-M School of Educaction, SCECH credits are available and free!

(As Michigan Makers does not work with high school students, these workshops are not well-suited to those who work with high schoolers.)

For more details and to register, please visit: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/making-makers/

For questions, please email the conference coordinator at makingmakers@umich.edu.

 

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