Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs

YOUmedia Earlier this month, we covered the Fayetteville Free Library‘s new Fab Lab, the public library’s plans to build a “makerspace” where library patrons could gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and other tools and could take programming and “shop” classes. It’s part of a larger movement to rethink and re-imagine what a public library … Continue reading Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs →

Big Ideas Fest Brings in Big Thinkers

It takes people with big ideas — and smart ways to implement them — to make any progress. And that’s the point of the Big Ideas Fest, held December 4-7 in Half Moon Bay, Calif., a gathering of leaders and innovators who will share their thoughts and tactics with educators and all those interested in … Continue reading Big Ideas Fest Brings in Big Thinkers →

Not Ready to Hack Into Your Smartphone? Start Here.

For those looking to tinker with electronics, add buzzers, lights or sensors to an object, or teach kids (or themselves) the basics of circuitry, programming, and micro-controllers, it’s not as hard as you might think. There are a number of kits available that make such projects relatively easy and accessible. Arduino, for example, offers a … Continue reading Not Ready to Hack Into Your Smartphone? Start Here. →

What Role Do Corporations Play in Supporting STEM Education?

Last week, as part of the Imagine Cup award ceremony, Hal Plotkin, the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, praised Microsoft for its commitment to STEM education with its hosting of the global student technology competition. Plotkin encouraged other companies to step up and invest in these sorts of … Continue reading What Role Do Corporations Play in Supporting STEM Education? →

The Virtues of the Open Web

Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media (which organizes the annual Maker Faire), O’Reilly Media (publisher of all those great “Missing Manuals”) heralds the virtues of the open web and the history of open-source information in this talk at Open Educational Resources 2011 talk last month. “The most important educational resource is the student,” he says.

TEDxSFED Invites Educators and Innovators

A reminder about this Saturday’s upcoming TEDxSFED event on April 9, when big thinkers and innovators will come together to re-imagine education both in and out of the classroom. The theme is mashEDup and will highlight new and different approaches to learning. The main event will happen at SOMArts, plus there will be three simulcast … Continue reading TEDxSFED Invites Educators and Innovators →

TEDxSFED: Re-imagine Education

I’m excited about the upcoming TEDxSF-ED event on April 9. That’s when big thinkers and innovators will come together to re-imagine education both in and out of the classroom. The theme is mashEDup and will highlight new and different approaches to learning. The main event will happen at SOMArts, plus there will be three simulcast … Continue reading TEDxSFED: Re-imagine Education →

Students Will Build Their Own Future School

For Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire — the personification of the do-it-yourself movement — the future school day combines learning with doing. Dougherty has spent at least the last decade preaching the invaluable benefits of making things by hand. The reason is simple: you’ll learn more about it — whatever it is — if … Continue reading Students Will Build Their Own Future School →

Rethinking Assessment: Trusting Teachers to Evaluate Student Learning

Many educators are hoping that through the Common Core State Standards, teaching and assessment can focus more on problem-solving and the process of getting to an answer. But even those process-oriented skills will be assessed with a standardized test. The benefits of the harder-to-quantify skills aren't easily disentangled from academic achievement scores, making it hard to prove through tests that alternative teaching and learning styles can achieve measurable outcomes.

Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As tech tools continue to proliferate with new launches and new products, it’s difficult to predict what will stick and what won’t. A recently released report by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) tries to sift through the fads and find the few that will have a real impact … Continue reading Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech →