June 17, 2018

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Get Making in Your Class

Whether you are just starting out on your MakerSpace journey or have been "making" for a while, this features list is one to save and explore! Find lessons, activities, digital tools to use in your space, and more. 

Grades K-12

Twitter Chat: Start a School MakerSpace from Scratch

View this archived Twitter chat to learn how to start a school MakerSpace from scratch. Learn what a MakerSpace is and how to begin. Browse the tips and tools offered by the chat moderators and participants. Share the resources with others on your team.

Grades K-12

MakerSpaces

Learn about MakerSpaces as well as how to build and run one! Download a free ebook with over 250 resources for any MakerSpace program. Collaborate with others using MakerSpace and learn about projects, activities, and budget ideas.

Grades K-6

MakerSpace Lesson Plans

Navigate through this website created by an elementary school teacher. Find lesson plans that include activities suitable for beginners and suggestions for low-cost items. Download the complete activity in a PDF form, if desired. Images are included.

Curated Collections for a Marvelous MakerSpace

Skim these curated lists of resources related to MakerSpace, Coding, and Robotics. Many of the digital tools shared are a perfect (and free) addition to your MakerSpace.

Grades K-12

MakerSpace Resources

If you are looking for a GO TO list of MakerSpace resources, you hit the jackpot! Many of the sites featured this week are included on this list, plus a plethora of additional resources. Find ideas for your MakerSpace, digital tools to use, and lessons.

Grades K-12

Robotics Resources

Find some excellent robotics resources to add to your MakerSpace toolbox! Many of these tools offer free "ready to go" activities that can easily be incorporated into your MakerSpace plans. Resources are included for all grades, even young elementary.

Grades K-12

Coding Resources

Nurture problem solving, logic, and creativity with these coding tools. Use this collection to help your students (and you) understand coding. Use the collection as a guide for finding the appropriate tools for your class of students.

Activities for Your MakerSpace

Looking for something easy to incorporate into your MakerSpace like music or games? Then try these engaging and curricular-focused virtual tools!

Grades K-12

Virtual Musical Instruments

Try your hand at the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, or bongos. Select the instrument, and follow the directions for using the keyboard to make music. Create different melodies using different notes or rhythms. Create a music area for your MakerSpace.

Grades 3-12

Engineering Games

Bring some game-based learning into your MakerSpace (related to engineering). Choose from several categories such as Robots, Logic Games, or Electricity. Each activity includes a short description and information on how to play. Don't forget the earbuds!

Grades 4-12

GameMaker Studio

Creating a game is an excellent way to demonstrate knowledge and share information with others. Have students use this simple tool to create games for others to try at your MakerSpace. Use drag and drop features to create games without learning to code.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Time is running out to join our Summer book study; please see complete details below! We will also be hosting a Twitter chat this Thursday at 8 pm ET. Be sure to join us using the #OK2Ask hashtag. And tell us about your own MakerSpace experience in our weekly poll. 


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Learn about the Triple E Framework

Join Our Summer Book Study

We'll be reading Learning First, Technology Second by Liz Kolb. The book introduces you to the Triple E Framework for technology evaluation. TeachersFirst Book Studies are open to members only. Learn how to become a member and more information.

Members: Claim your book study spot here! »


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Twitter Chat #OK2Ask - Thursday 8 pm ET

Using Social Media Practice Spaces in the Classroom

Join us for this week's Twitter chat for tech tools and activities to help students practice their social media skills and discuss ways to promote digital citizenship. Join us on Thursday 8 pm ET using our #OK2Ask hashtag.

See upcoming Twitter Chats »


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MakerSpace for you?

Weekly Poll

Does your school have a dedicated MakerSpace place and/or time? This week, we'd like to know where you are on your MakerSpace journey?

Share your MakerSpace progress »

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