K12Online Conference – Building Learning Keynote (video)

The K12online conference is a FREE, online conference organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conference (among several) is to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape.

This year, Gary Stager and I were pleased to be invited to keynote the conference strand called “Building Learning.” The neat thing about K12online is that all the sessions are archived permanently online for easy viewing.

Check it out!

Webinar archive: Top Ten Classroom Tools from the Maker Movement

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Join Sylvia Martinez, author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom for a fast, fun tour through the top tools and resources of the Maker Movement that are perfect for STEM classrooms and projects.

Part of the online STEMxCon – a free global conference for educators talking about STEM and more! (That’s the “x”)

Click here for archived webinar – you will see everything in your browser, start to finish!

Top Ten Classroom Tools from the Maker Movement

The Maker Movement has exploded world-wide with amazing new (and cheap!) technology to invent and create. Learn about the top tools and resources that can be used to transform STEM and STEAM K-12. This session will provide an introduction to the concepts and technology you can bring to your classroom today, including 3D printing, robots, programming options, wearable computing, conductive paint, and more.

Participants will learn about the Maker Movement and the potential to bring new tools and technology to K-12 classrooms to support hands-on learning across all grades and curriculum – but particularly STEM and STEAM. This introductory session will provide information and resources across a wide range of tools and technology that can revolutionize learning. It will also cover the pedagogy of how to create engaging projects that meet the new expectations of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for more authentic, hands-on learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The top tools and technology will be presented, each with a quick overview and classroom project ideas, plus links and resources for additional exploration after the session.

The tools and technology covered will include:

  • 3D printing
  • Fablabs and makerspaces
  • Programming
  • MaKey MaKey
  • E-textiles
  • Wearable computers
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Conductive paint
  • Electronics
  • Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Things not even invented yet!

Click here for archived webinar – you will see everything in your browser, start to finish!

Top Ten Tools of the Maker Movement for Classrooms at Global 2013 STEMx this week!

The Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference is the world’s first massively open online conference for educators which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference will be held online, around the clock, over the course of three days, September 19 – 21, 2013, and will be free to attend! Recordings will be available if you miss the live event.

STEMxCon will be a highly inclusive and engaging event that will encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) students and educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching.

Register as a member of this conference network to be kept informed!

I’ll be presenting on Friday, September 20 on the Top Ten Classroom Tools from the Maker Movement

Click here for a webpage that gives you the direct links to all the sessions in your local time zone.

Full Session Description:

The Maker Movement has exploded world-wide with amazing new (and cheap!) technology to invent and create. Learn about the top tools and resources that can be used to transform STEM and STEAM K-12. This session will provide an introduction to the concepts and technology you can bring to your classroom today, including 3D printing, robots, programming options, wearable computing, conductive paint, and more.

Participants will learn about the Maker Movement and the potential to bring new tools and technology to K-12 classrooms to support hands-on learning across all grades and curriculum – but particularly STEM and STEAM. This introductory session will provide information and resources across a wide range of tools and technology that can revolutionize learning. It will also cover the pedagogy of how to create engaging projects that meet the new expectations of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for more authentic, hands-on learning, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The top tools and technology will be presented, each with a quick overview and classroom project ideas, plus links and resources for additional exploration after the session.

The tools and technology covered will include:

  • 3D printing
  • Fablabs and makerspaces
  • Programming
  • MaKey MaKey
  • E-textiles
  • Wearable computers
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Conductive paint
  • Electronics
  • Sensors
  • Robotics
  • Things not even invented yet!

New York Invent to Learn Workshops – Long Island and New York City

Invent to Learn coming to Long Island and New York City!

UPDATE (10/8) – Nov 6 is SOLD OUT – new day added in NYC Nov 7.

Registration and more information can be found on the NYSCATE site

NTMI robotovember 4 Half Hollow Hills CSD, Long Island

November 6 SMART Headquarters, Manhattan, NYC

Join colleagues for a day of hard fun and problem solving at the Invent To Learn Workshop— where computing meets tinkering and design. The workshop begins with the case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. Next, we will discuss strategies for effective prompt setting. You will view examples of children engaged in complex problem solving with new game-changing technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, and programming and identify lessons for your own classroom practice. Powerful ideas from the Reggio Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement combine to create rich learning experiences.

Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students.

You will learn:

* How new tools and technology can reinvigorate Project-Based Learning

* Best classroom practices for integrating maker technology

* How to plan engaging projects based on the TMI design model

* How to choose the technologies with the maximum learning impact

* How to make the case for making, tinkering, and engineering

Fabrication with cardboard and found materials, squishy electronic circuits, wearable computing, Arduino, robotics, and computer programming are all on the menu. Bring a laptop and your imagination. We’ll supply the rest (craft materials, art supplies, construction elements). Invention is the mother of learning!

This workshop is suitable for all grades and subject areas.

Registration and more information can be found on the NYSCATE site

An optional added value – the Invent to Learn Starter Kit!

The Invent To Learn Starter Kit includes everything you need to explore even more exciting “making” opportunities after the workshop is complete. The kit comes in a handy “Invent To Learn” backpack and includes:
  • Invent To Learn book
  • Makey Makey Kit – “The Invention Kit for Everyone”
  • Squishy Circuits Kit
  • Wearable computing – ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board and supplies 
  • Arduino Inventor’s Kit – includes Arduino, breadboard, parts, and a full-color Beginner’s Guide to build 10 computer-powered inventions
  • Cardboard Invention Kits from Makedo and Rollobox
  • Conductive Greeting Card Kit
  • Electronic parts and batteries to complement these supplies

Invent To Learn – The Australian Tour!

Invent To Learn Keynotes and Workshops – Australia Aug/Sept 2013

ELH SchoolTech 2013 – Lorne (18-120 Aug) Sylvia will keynote ELH and participate in several critical conversations on Making in Education and Student Leadership.

Invent To Learn – Ballarat (26 Aug) – Join Gary and Sylvia for a full-day hands on workshop hosted by Ballarat Grammar School.

Invent to Learn Adelaide (Sept 2) – Join Gary and Sylvia for Invent To Learn at Immanuel College for a hands-on day of fun and invention!

Invent To Learn – Brisbane Catholic Education Office ( 4 Sept) – Contact for information.

Invent To Learn – Sydney (6 Sept) – Join Gary for a full-day hands-on workshop at the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, North Ryde.Inv

Electrifying Children’s Mathematics – Melbourne 10 Sept – Gary will host a day of exploring authentic maths thinking and learning with computers.

Invent to Learn Workshop Description

Join colleagues for a day of hard fun and problem solving — where computing meets tinkering and design. The workshop begins with the case for project-based learning, making, tinkering, and engineering. Next, we will discuss strategies for effective prompt setting. You will view examples of children engaged in complex problem solving with new game-changing technologies and identify lessons for your own classroom practice. Powerful ideas from the Reggio Emilia Approach, breakthroughs in science education, and the global maker movement combine to create rich learning experiences.

Participants will have the chance to tinker with a range of exciting new low- and high-tech construction materials that can really amplify the potential of your students.

3d-invent-to-learnYou will learn

  • How new tools and technology can reinvigorate Project-Based Learning
  • Best classroom practices for integrating maker technology
  • How to plan engaging projects based on the TMI iterative design model
  • How to choose the technologies with the maximum learning impact
  • How to make the case for making, tinkering, and engineering

Fabrication with cardboard and found materials, squishy electronic circuits, wearable computing, Arduino, robotics, and computer programming are all on the menu.

Bring a laptop and your imagination. We’ll supply the rest (craft materials, art supplies, construction elements). Invention is the mother of learning!

This workshop is suitable for all grades and subject areas.

 

 

 

“Hard fun” at Invent To Learn @ ISTE13

Lindsey Own writes in her blog “Teaching Science in the 21st Century”

My 5 Biggest #ISTE13 Take-Aways!

2.) The best sessions are those where we *DO* stuff!  I immensely enjoyed the Invent to Learn workshop with Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager (as is very clear by the photos snagged by workshop buds), and I literally got my hands filthy playing with different tools I want to bring into my classroom.  I *have* to have a physical interaction with a tool to be able to think through how it could work in my classroom… just looking isn’t enough.

Progress on my electronic greeting card, and my finished LED/felt flower brooch

Did you know Google Reader is going away?

Google is a company that likes to release products in “beta” – meaning, “we’re just dating” not getting married to the app. They support lots of products for a while and then when they feel they’ve had their day, shut them down. Google Reader, although a particular favorite of many blog readers, is being shut down on July 1.

There are other alternatives for RSS readers (See Larry Ferlazzo’s post The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

But Google seems to be betting that RSS is not the way most people get their news. This blog is also available through email (see subscribe box on the right) or by following me on Twitter or Linked In.

As they say, the only thing that never changes is that everything changes!

Sylvia

PS ISTE is coming up next week – the “big daddy” of all educational technology conferences. Check out our exciting lineup of sessions and events!