Philly Teens Prep for College Through Making and Badging

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog, YOUmedia.

The summer before freshman year at college can be tricky—filled with anticipation, transitions, and sometimes nerves. For teens participating in a college preparation program at the Free Library of Philadelphia last summer, it was also filled with making, film production, and creating a set of badges for younger kids.

Reconsidering “Failure” in Maker-Centered Learning

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog, Partners, Project Zero.

If you’ve been following the growing buzz about maker-centered learning, you’ve probably heard someone somewhere say that learning from failure is an important aspect of any making experience. Slogans like “fail early, fail often” and “failing forward” are now popular refrains throughout the maker-sphere. What’s meant by “failure” in this context, of course, is iteration. […]

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler

Posted & in DML, Educator Innovator Blog, Partners.

Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills. Although the contemporary availability of resources such as YouTube and Arduino seems […]

Mozilla Launches Worldwide Maker Party

Posted & in Educator Innovator Blog, Mozilla Webmaker, Partners.

The Mozilla Foundation launches a worldwide celebration of web literacy this week, bringing tens of thousands of digital enthusiasts together for ‘Maker Parties’ that place internet learning and making at the center of 21st-century citizenship. Focused on the use of Webmaker tools, Maker Parties include young people as well as adult educators, all with the […]