Maker Movement: Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms

Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand.

Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you’re busy — meeting standards, prepping students for tests — and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically.

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Good article:  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2014/11/07/technology-revitalizes-hands-on-education-in-classrooms/

Excerpt:

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Enter the maker movement: students are making things, designing things—actualthings. The maker movement is an approach to design that shifts production of items from corporate manufacturing to a smaller, personal scale with the help of technology. This movement—in conjunction with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts/architecture, and math movements—has taken hold in part thanks to a strong push from the federal government to promote science in schools and classrooms across the country.

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