Monday, January 27, 2014

Invent to Learn Week 1: Introductions

Welcome to the Spring 2014 eLearning Book Club. We hope you are all excited to read Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager. This week is our introductory week, so if you haven't purchased the book yet, you have some time to get the paperback or Kindle version from Amazon.

Let's use this week to meet each other. As a comment to this post (click on "Comments" below this post), please tell us your name, your school/corporation/organization, and what your role there is. Also tell us what you know about making and what experience, if any, you have with that in your school or classroom. If you don't know anything about it, that is fine. The next 7 or so weeks are your chance to learn about it. Next week, we will discuss chapter 1. In case you're interested, last week our #INeLearn Twitter chat was on the topic of the Maker Movement. Click here to see the archive of that chat.

25 comments:

  1. I hope everyone is staying warm! I am a technology instructional coach at Noblesville High School. I support teachers with integrating technology in the classroom. As a former special education teacher, I am interested in anything that brings relevance and interest to students. I have been researching makerspaces for a few months and hope to assist in transforming our library into a true media center and space for innovation!

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    1. Cool. I, too, am interested in transforming our library into a makerspace

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  2. My name is Meri Carnahan and I am the eLearning Resource Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education. I will be reading the book along with you and posting each week's discussion question. I am excited to learn more about the maker movement.

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  3. I am Kris Walsh, an e-elearning coach at Perry Central Schools in Southern Indiana. I have heard of the Maker movement, but honestly don't know a ton about it. We are looking into setting up a maker space at school. I am looking forward to learning more.

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  4. Hi, I am the technology integrationist at Canterbury Lower School (K-4) in Fort Wayne. I collaborate with teachers and students on projects and how to utilize our 1-1 iPads. I am interested in the "tinkering" concept. I have students building and programming LEGO WeDo and Pico Cricket robotics projects. They get so enthused and love it when it's robotics time. I just ordered the book today and got the free Kindle preview so I can start reading the first chapter.

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  5. Good afternoon- I am Paula Neidlinger and bound from the Northern Siberian Blast region :) I am a 7th & 8th grade LA teacher at Lincoln Jr. High in Plymouth. I learned about the Maker Movement during the INelearn chat on Thursday. In fact, I was so intrigued, I followed up with a blog post about #makered. I am looking forward to learning more about this movement over the course of the next 7 weeks. literacyshoptalk.com ... my initial reaction to last week's chat-

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  6. I'm kris Patrick, School Librarian at Brooks School Elem (Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Fishers). I facilitate an invent to Learn book study within my district last Fall. We enjoyed great conversation! I look forward to e-chatting with others throughout the state. I've organized several stop motion animation workshops for 3/4 students and currently I lead a computer programming club for 3/4 students.

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    1. Sorry for some of the typos. I'm forcing myself to compose on my iPad more often

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  7. My name is Dan Gibson and I am an Technology Integration and eLearning Specialist for the Tri-Creek School Corporation. I work with students and teachers at the elementary level, and before I took this position I was a 4th grade teacher utilizing every bit of technology to engage and empower students to create various forms of media.

    In my classroom, we used to take broken electronic items apart, but we never created anything from these items. It was more for the fun of taking apart old calculators, video games, and other little items. We did however make different items from kits. For instance, we made simple circuits, a solar fan, and other tiny items from Radio Shack kits. I also participated with Lego Mindstorm as a coach for 2 years. I think that Lego program/competition has a strong connection to the MakerEd movement concepts.

    As for the participating in the Maker Movement or the MakerEd adaptation, I am only familiar with it from lurking around blogs, communities, and other online maker spaces. In my opinion, the MakerEd movement isn't really a new concept as much as a revival of creating active learning rather than passive consuming - there just happens to be a tech focus.

    With Pete Seeger's recent passing a quote of his seemed to fit the Invent to Learn concept: "Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't."

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  8. My name is Valerie Biggs. I am one of two Technology Coordinators for 34 elementary schools in Fort Wayne. I have only just learned about the Maker Movement and am excited about joining the book study.

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  9. My name is Mandy Dudley and I am the Technology Integration Specialist for the Community Schools of Frankfort. While the "maker movement" term is fairly new to me, the concept sounds a whole lot like my childhood and to some extent my early education. As I read the excerpt from the book on Amazon, I was also reminded of the activities I do at home with my own children. I have seen the power of concept firsthand, and I can't wait to expand this notion into our district! Now, I just have to finish the last few chapters of "Teach LIke a Pirate," since I "missed the boat" on the last book club! :) I won't be making that mistake this time around! This book is a great choice for the book club!

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  10. My name is Phil Zellers. I am a Social Studies teacher/eLearning coach at Perry Central. I have had an exciting year in my new role as an eLearning coach and have learned a lot. I first heard of the maker movement last summer at a conference I attended. Our school purchased an experimental 3D printer this year and I have tinkered around with it a little bit and observed students using it. We also recently purchased a few Little Bits kits that I have played around with and seen some students using them. The students, from my experience, have really enjoyed using these tools and learning with them. I'm looking forward to learning more about the maker movement in this book club. I really enjoyed the "Teach Like a Pirate" book club last semester.

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  11. My name is Kristie Shoup. I am a special education teacher at Winchester Community High School. I am looking forward to reading the book with everyone else. I just finished reading Teach like a Pirate over winter break and enjoyed it. I am going to try to stay on track this time and not fall behind. The maker movement is also new to me. I read the intro and enjoyed it.

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  12. This will be my 3rd book chat with the IDOE. I really enjoy them. I teach Social Studies 6 at Maconaquah Middle School. I will be having a Maker Day next week, to make something that came from the Roman Empire. We'll see- I'm intrigued!

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    1. Please take a picture! I look forward to hearing more about it.

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    2. I really want to see this! Hope there is follow-up conversation and pics!

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  13. I am a media specialist in Warren Township on the east side of Indianapolis. One thing about the Maker Movement sort of confounds me: as we find too often that time for science is cut from many schools, now we are promoting types of hands-on activities for kids. We've cut things such as Family Consumer Science/Industrial Tech, and we're encouraging kids to create things. I'm all for the Maker Spaces, but I see a bit of a contradiction.

    I have participated in a day-long workshop with Gary Stager (ISTE in Denver), so have been familiar with the book and some of his ideas in the past. I also have Leslie Preddy's book (MS at Perry Meridian) I look forward to the chat.

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  14. I'm Patty Walters - sorry for the formal tag on my ID...I use this with students :) I work with gifted students for the Northeast School Corporation (and also am Title I Director) I'm really looking forward to finding out how to make this happen for our students!

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  15. My name is Jamie Guillaume and I am currently an eLearning Coach and Math Teacher for Perry Central Community Schools. Outside of a little reading and conversation, I do not have much knowledge of the Maker Movement. However I am eager to learn and read more. I also participated in the Teach Like a Pirate bookclub and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to learning with all of you!

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  16. My name is Vicki Schmidt and I work at Wea Ridge Middle School. I have 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs. I also have general music 8 and a learning lab of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. I have been a part of the bookclub for sometime. I love the books and I love the discussions. My favorite book was Pencil Me In. I actually have this book in my reader. During winter break there was a special that allowed you to download the book for free, but it was for that day only. I did and now I have a reason for taking the time to read it. Thanks.

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  17. Hello! My name is Michelle Sparling, and I teach 9th grade English and Current Events at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School in Wabash, Indiana. This will be my second book discussion with the IDOE. I love that this opportunity is offered. I am also a chauffeur for my teenage daughter, so I really like the flexibility of being able to read on my own and participate in online blogs with other teachers. I just found out about this selection and the free download opportunity for this book today.

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  18. My name is Cathy Gohmann. I am an English/Language Arts teacher for 10th and 12th grade students at Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School. I participated in the "Teach Like a Pirate" book discussion and really enjoyed the experience. I know nothing about the maker movement in schools and am looking forward to learning about it.

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  19. My name is Alison Kent and I teach choral and general music at Wainwright Middle School in Lafayette, Indiana. I don't know much about the maker movement, but I am looking forward to learning more about it. I've got some reading and catching up to do as I've arrived to the blog a little late. Look forward to reading with you.

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  20. Hi! My name is Rosa Sparling. I teach Family & Consumer Science at Southwood Jr./Sr. High School Wabash County. A colleague encouraged me to join. This is my 1st book club and I am looking forward to learning about the maker movement.

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