Just starting a Makerspace in your school? Tips on where to start!

  Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to co-create two Makerspaces (from Cafe Bar to Makerspace)  within my school District – both very different and yet both fall under similar approaches and philosophies that were inspired by the town of Emilia Reggio  which is “based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach    Our Makerspaces  include a vast assortment of  technology tools and robotics as well as hands-on building and craft material and textiles (sewing machines), arts and music , and content producing tools (camera, computers, tablets). But Continue reading Just starting a Makerspace in your school? Tips on where to start!

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A little Kindergarten and A little Starbucks – Universal Classroom Design

We designed our learning space with a little Kindergarden and a little Starbucks  – Here is how it happened: In June 2014, we were informed that we would be moving to an empty/unused classroom at Holbrook School (HWDSB). We were also informed that our proposal for new technology was granted which included 1:1 computers, projector, interactive whiteboard, doc camera (microscope), tablets, 3D printer, and NXT Robotics. Regardless of the fact that we were at the mercy of the physical space and size, including windows, electricity and lighting, we were absolutely pumped to design our “dream” classroom space that was Universal  for all learners.   From the onset, we wanted a space that not only engaged students to be active Continue reading A little Kindergarten and A little Starbucks – Universal Classroom Design

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Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

GET YOUR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CLASSROOM LEARNING TOOL – FILL OUT THIS FORM!! We are tool using animals and its the reason that we are the dominate species on this planet. It is the reason that we make stuff – but we don’t make stuff anymore. (James Arlen) I’ve been following  @myrcurial James Arlen for quite sometime on Twitter. What brought us together in the first place I’m sure, was our shared beliefs about education and the need for change. We both advocate for an education system that is not only fair and equitable for all students, but that is current and authentic. I also have been interested in his involvement in Hamilton’s Hackerspace, ‘Thinkhause’. Continue reading Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

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The Maker Culture Project: Skype between Lawfield and Ryerson University

Through studies in Aboriginal Culture and Early Settlements as well as connections around the world, students are learning about how this has influenced the Maker Culture of today.  Students are learning that they are in control of their own education and can use current technologies to help them learn about the past as well as tapping in on the expertise of others. The following video is the first meeting with Ryerson University for the Maker Culture Project.

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