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So, I have been having more fun that I have a right to have by making political-themed distorted graphs that have no data correlation whatsoever. I don't even think or consider any numbers when making these. Who cares about data when you have cool graphs in a misinformation campaign! Actually, along a serious line of thinking, the making of Distorted Graphs (which was inspired by a Make Idea...
This year I began incorporating the concept of the makerspace into my classroom.  I began the process by giving students the opportunity to make something to represent the definition of a vocabulary word.  They were given the options of filming a stop motion video, creating a skit, making a sculpture out of playdough, or any other ideas they came up with to show their understanding of a new word...
This collection features the work of three Teacher Consultants from the UNC Charlotte Writing Project who explored and reflected upon how a "maker" approach to teaching English Language Arts worked to empower students in the classroom and connect them with the community. 
Keywords: clmooc, make, media, race
This was first shared at my blog -- Kevin's Meandering Mind -- as part of the Making Learning Connected MOOC. I hate to kill the playful mojo of the CLMOOC, which has been streaming in channels in social media spaces around the #untro -- or "unintroducing yourself" by mashing up media and glitching images and smashing ideas. But in the midst of all this play, I can't help but think about the...
Getting Busy.jpg   Below is a list of the specific duties that come along with facilitating a make cycle. This should support you in dividing the work and knowing what to expect during your week. Before Draft a newsletter communication kicking off your make cycle (this doc will help with content and formatting) Plan a "Make With Me" hangout Plan a Twitter...
Miguen Angel Castelan coach de primera base   Your make cycle team (2-3 people) will participate in one coaching session, during which facilitators and participants from last year’s MOOC will serve as thinking partners and “users,” lending a hand in an instructional design activity during a Google Hangout. To help your make cycle team feel prepared going into...
8407421255_a025733ef7_z.jpg   When you first sit down to plan your make cycle, you want to be in search of a big, rough idea. The support you'll receive in a coaching meeting will help you sharpen this idea and plan strategically to engage a large community online.    To begin, you might think through the following prompts:   “What if everyone (made) ______?”  ...
4464752356_34ffcfb846_o.jpg   You will want a team of two or three people to lead a make cycle.   Before the week of your make cycle, a thinking partner or two will come in handy to support your planning. As you begin to prepare some of the communications you’ll send to participants, you will want an extra sets of eyes on them before you push “send.”   During...
Fun and play can create a more engaging learning environment. One of the units in eighth grade science that exemplifies learning through creative, playful, engagement is the Rube Goldberg unit. A Rube Goldberg device is a machine that uses a chain reaction of steps to accomplish a simple goal in a complex and whimsical way. At Friends’ Central School (FCS), the eighth grade students, in groups of...
Last week, I read an article on venturebeat.com, describing Nancy Pelosi’s “awe” for the maker movement. The article was old, (published January of last year), but I was still happy to see this opinion vocalized, being a maker-educator, myself. We call our makerspace the “Creativity Lab.” In six years it’s grown from a single robotics elective into a full-blown making program at a community...

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