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2013 Building Learning

Building Learning Keynote – Making the Case for Making in Schools

Presenter: Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA


Presentation Title: Building Learning Keynote – Making the Case for Making in Schools

Presentation Description: The Maker Movement is a revolutionary global collaboration of people learning to solve problems with modern tools and technology. Adults and children are combining new technologies and timeless craft traditions to create exciting projects and control their world. The implications are profound for schools and districts concerned with engaging students, maintaining relevance, and preparing children to solve problems unanticipated by the curriculum. The technological game-changers of 3D printing, physical computing and computer science require and fuel transformations in the learning environment. K-12 educators can adapt the powerful technology and “can do” maker ethos to revitalize learner-centered teaching and learning in all subject areas.

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  1. Wesley Fryer

    Wonderful presentation, Sylvia and Gary! I’m about one-third of the way through your book now and this presentation was a great primer for people who haven’t picked it up yet. I loved many ideas and quotations you shared, these are some of my favorites:

    “Knowledge is a consequence of experience.”

    “In a ‘maker’ classroom, kids become the engines of their own ideas.”

    “Don’t be bored, go make something!”

    I found the Maker magazine article with that title too:

    I loved how you shared photos of kids as well as adults “in action” making things. The story of the teacher who used DonorsChoose to obtain materials for her classroom was inspiring too.

    Do you all have some favorite hashtags on Twitter you like to follow for Maker classroom ideas or STEM ideas in general?

    Have you all created or seen any Twitter lists of STEM elementary teachers? I know you encourage all teachers to integrate STEM and have maker classrooms, but I’m interested in connecting with other elementary teachers who specifically teach “STEM” in their buildings.

    Thanks for a GREAT presentation and sharing such inspiring ideas!

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