Maker Movement

This week I had the opportunity to attend Vision2020 (OK State Dept of Ed) in OKC. There were several great speakers and I am sure many sessions that would of been great to attend. I tried attending sessions that I felt would help generate ideas as we push career and technical education to the next level.

One such session that I attended was the Mysterious Makers by Shawn Petty.

I have to be honest, the whole Maker culture really fascinates me. I follow Makezine.com and am fascinated by many of the postings. People just making things, and some really cool things! I want to learn more and that is why I decided to check it out.

Wikipedia describes the Maker culture:

"The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. The subculture stresses new and unique applications of technologies, and encourages invention and prototyping. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively."

From that definition alone I think it is a great fit for career and technical education. I can envision students, regardless of career major or CTSO, high school or adult, participating in Maker Faire-CTE.

The Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education thinks it is a great fit as well. They have a short article on the White House Maker Faire and will have some upcoming grants for states and local schools.

There are many opportunities through the Maker Movement. CTE should get involved and be a part of this tremendous opportunity for students to creatively learn.

Whose in?


QR Reader

You have seen them around...

QR codes have several uses in education. Eventbrite uses them for checking in people during registration. I have seen them on high school walls so students can scan and be taken to an ACT registration.They are on the back of ketchup bottles and I have seen them used on table toppers in a lunchroom. I have scanned them in a text book to take my mobile device to a video which explains the concept I just read and we have even used them with our Robotcs buttons!

The possibilities are endless for the use of QR codes. But, in order to access the QR world you need a reader. There are many readers available and all you have to do is browse the App Store of Google Play and you will find one that meets your needs.


Moving at the Speed of Creativity Blog

Moving at the Speed of Creativity

The Speed of Creativity Blog, by Dr Wes Fryer is an awesome resource.

Dr. Fryer is a classroom teacher from Oklahoma and so much more. His online bio list him as a "digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent."

One of the great parts about following Fryer and his blog is the numerous additional resources that you can learn from.

From his wiki to his slideshare and everything in between, he provides great resources for educators to learn from and to implement in their classroom.

I definitely suggest you take a look!


Free Technology for Teachers Blog

If you don't RSS you are missing out! I have a Feedly account and using RSS I am able to scan many blogs and websites for content that might be helpful. Since there are many great resources out there I thought I would start sharing some of the ones that I am subscibed to.

The first blog I want to share is entitled Free Technology for Teachers.

The blog is written by Richard Byrne, a former high school social studies teacher who is now a presenter and blogger. The Free Technology blog has many resources that you can use for free (or close to free) in the classroom.

Some recent postings include how to send emails from a Google Spreadsheet, education games like Moonbase Alpha, a very cool skeleton site (http://www.eskeletons.org) and a lot more.

Take a few minutes to read, subscribe to the feed and learn about some great opportunities to put technology in the classroom. 



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