How 12 Sto-Rox teachers brought their professional development into the 21st century
Teachers and staff of Sto-Rox are ready for a new story – not of what we don’t have, but what we are actively creating together, against all odds
Tennessee Teachers Turn to Pittsburgh Fabrication Institute
The Pittsburgh Fabrication Institute helped Tennessee educators prepare to teach students 21st-century skills.
Help Local Schools Build Their Dream Makerspaces
A number of Pittsburgh-area schools have grand plans to support hands-on learning on their campuses, and they need your help this week.
Making is about more than creating objects, learning STEM principles, or how to code; it is also about understanding the process, thinking critically about oneself and the role that one’s values and assumptions can have on the objects one makes, and the effect that one’s creations might have on others
Peering Into the EdTech Crystal Ball
History shows us that technology does not always play out in classrooms the way one might predict. But every year, the New Media Consortium gives divining edtech’s future a valiant shot. NMC recently released the preliminary results of its annual Horizon Report, which explores how emerging technologies and trends are intersecting with education, and how lingering challenges will be addressed. This year, makerspaces made it onto the list as an innovation that will be adopted into the mainstream in “one year or less" along with cloud computing, mobile learning and BYOD.
The Maker Movement Gets a Dose of Critique
Seems everyone is a cheerleader for the maker movement these days, from President Obama to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Who isn’t in favor of more self-directed, hands-on learning projects; cupcake cars; or kids working with old-fashioned looms? That’s why—for a lot of maker-oriented folks browsing the internet late last January—Debbie Chachra’s “Why I Am Not a […]
Why Makerspaces Give Kids Space to Fail, and Why That’s a Good Thing
How do we teach our kids to persevere in the face of failure?
Fab Labs, MakerSpaces Come to Pittsburgh Area Public Schools
In Pittsburgh, a building boom of new 21st century digital learning spaces for students of all ages.
21st Century Shop Class
A partnership funded by the federal government hopes to create a thousand makerspaces in public high schools by 2016.