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In this hangout, participants discussed the educational value of encouraging invention and tinkering. Topics ranged from kits for young children to citizen science for older learners as participants described how the value of tinkering is at the core of an emerging pedagogy of “inventing to learn.” This hangout was hosted by Howard Rheingold and was the first in a 4-part series called “Maker-Ed: Tinkering, Inventing, Learning,” co-streamed at connectedlearning.tv.

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During the broadcast, the conversation also took place on Twitter using the hashtag #connectedlearning.

Guests for this webinar included:

  • Howard Rheingold (host), Taught social media literacies at Berkeley and Stanford, for ten years, is author of Net Smart and other books, and is creator and compiler of knowledge about digital media and learning at rheingold.com/learning
  • Sylvia Libow Martinez, Co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
  • Jeff Sturges, Founder of Mt. Elliott Makerspace in Detroit, co-founder of hackerspace OmniCorpDetroit, and participant in MIT Fab Lab GreenFab at Sustainable South Bronx and NYCResistor hackerspace
  • Tara Tiger Brown, Co-founder of KitHub, “creative electronics for young innovators”

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Photo/ Mt. Elliot Makerspace

#ConnectedLearning Discussion on Twitter


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