Illustrated with color photos of real student work, Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspacescontains project ideas, articles, and best practices from educators at the forefront of making and hands-on education. In the book, Stanford University FabLearn Fellows (a group of K–12 educators teaching in fabrication labs, makerspaces, classrooms, libraries, community centers, and museums) share inspirational ideas from their learning spaces, as well as assessment strategies and recommended projects across a broad range of age levels. The book tours the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. Meaningful Making is available for free as a downloadable PDF, or in print at major online retailers. Proceeds of the print edition will be used to fund future FabLearn fellowships and activities for K–12 educators.
With millions of dollars of ESSER funding (as well as other federal, state, and local grants) still available, the smartest edtech investments are the ones that meet the following criteria:
1. Are research-backed and deliver evidence-based solutions.
2. Provide flexible, ongoing professional development.
3. Offer hours of curriculum to support any subject.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these points to prove the case for bringing coding and robotics into young learners’ hands to support development of computational thinking and invaluable science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.