Progressive Education and The Maker Movement – Symbiosis or Mutually Assured Destruction?

Nathan Torkington (@gnat) posted a link to this must read paper on how constructivist education and the Maker Movement need one another...

Three societal trends afford members of the constructionism community with cause for optimism. While two of these trends are positive and one negative, their trajectory is towards a greater acceptance of constructionist learning by formal and informal communities of practice. Recognition of the symbiotic relationship between progressive education, its learning theory constructionism, and the long- term survival of what has come to be known as “the maker movement” is critical for the long-term survival of each. Progressive education and the maker movement are at a crossroads when both rely on the other for relevance and acceptance.

The paper is written by Gary Stager, the author of Invent to Learn.

Makey Makey, Minecraft, and Makerbots in the classroom

Mr. Deissler (@MrDeissler) tweeted a link to a presentation deck by Jay Eitner (@iSuperEit). In it Jay touches on 3 technologies that are very important in STEM and STEAM educational environments - Makey Makey, Minecraft and Makerbots.

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Linking to slide decks is always problematic - they generally represent a tiny subset of the content of a presentation. Having said that, this one has a collection of videos that I think I really important (I learned something new).