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Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by [Martinez, Sylvia Libow, Stager, Gary S.]
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"The Maker Movement in schools now has a bible." - Larry Magid, Technology Columnist, Huffington Post "Learning is often confused with education. Martinez and Stager clearly describe 'learning learning' through engagement, design and building. The best way to understand circles is to reinvent the wheel." - Nicholas Negroponte, Founder MIT Media Lab & One Laptop Per Child "Educators will be hard pressed to find a more essential, important book for making sense of not just the exciting, game-changing "maker" technologies that are currently exploding around us, but of the absolutely powerful learning opportunities they present for our students as well. Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager are a teacher's perfect guides into this fast growing, innovative world of creative problem solving and construction using an array of new, innovative computing devices, many of which fit in our pockets. Even more, Invent To Learn creates a required new context for modern learning, and it offers an accessible roadmap for re-imagining schools, classrooms, and personal practice. It's a must read for those wanting to remain relevant in their student's learning lives." - Will Richardson, Author of Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere "Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering is the most important book of the 21st century for anyone interested in children and learning. The title says it all. Children learn best by making things whether physical or virtual. The authors highlight antecedents to this burgeoning new movement. Martinez and Stager describe making and tinkering as part of a long intellectual tradition and mention contributions of diverse luminaries such as Leonardo, Piaget, and Papert. This guidebook offers insights and suggestions as to how to bring making, tinkering, and engineering into learners' lives through classroom and out-of-school settings. Ideas and resources for implementing the ideas are clearly articulated. This beautifully written book opens up an exciting and stimulating educational adventure." - Cynthia Solomon, Ed.D. Co-inventor of the Logo programming language and author of Computer Environments for Children: A Reflection on Theories of Learning and Education "Sylvia and Gary have created a dynamic masterwork that engages readers from the opening sentence to the last. The craft of making things becomes a philosophical cornerstone to a true education, as this book makes abundantly clear. Rather than rant against the status quo, this book shows both why the transformation of education is essential, and presents specific strategies to make these changes. In many parts of the world, education has lost its way, and this book provides a map back to the educational experiences that are both tremendously effective and a great deal of fun as well." - David Thornburg, Ph.D., Director, Thornburg Center "Invent to Learn is filled with inspiration and practical ideas that I cannot wait to share with colleagues. Gary and Sylvia have provided not only the rational and history, but also practical how-tos in a thoughtful book perfect for teachers, parents and administrators. I expect the number of maker spaces to grow as this book makes them feel much more accessible to all teachers and schools. You will finish the book inspired to make programming, invention and making a reality." - Shelly Luke-Willie, Elementary School Principal, Chadwick International School - Songdo, South Korea. "A lucid guide to create and shape new and exciting learning environments for all, where digital devices are the learners' technology, the constructing tools to make, to invent, to understand... The maker movement flows gracefully to the classroom." - Leda Milena Munoz Garcia, Ph.D., Director of Fundacion Omar Dengo (Costa Rica's Computers in Schools NGO)"

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Join the maker movement!

There's a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

Children are natural tinkerers

Their seminal learning experiences come through direct experience with materials. Digital fabrication, such as 3D printing and physical computing, including Arduino, MaKey MaKey and Raspberry Pi, expands a child's toy and toolboxes with new ways to make things and new things to make. For the first time ever, childhood inventions may be printed, programmed or imbued with interactivity. Recycled materials can be brought back to life.

While school traditionally separates art and science, theory and practice, such divisions are artificial. The real world just doesn't work that way! Architects are artists. Craftsmen deal in aesthetics, tradition and mathematical precision. Video game developers rely on computer science. Engineering and industrial design are inseparable. The finest scientists are often accomplished musicians. The maker community brings children, hobbyists and professionals together in a glorious celebration of personal expression with a modern flare.

When 3-D printing, precision cutting, microcomputer control, robotics and computer programming become integral to the art studio, auto shop or physics lab, every student needs access to tools, knowledge and problem solving skills. The maker movement not only blurs the artificial boundaries between subject areas, it erases distinctions between art and science while most importantly obliterating the crippling practice of tracking students in academic pursuits or vocational training. There are now multiple pathways to learning what we have always taught and things to do that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

Making for every classroom budget
Even if you don't have access to expensive (but increasingly affordable) hardware, every classroom can become a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials. The potential range, breadth, power, complexity and beauty of projects has never been greater thanks to the amazing new tools, materials, ingenuity and playfulness you will encounter in this book.

In this practical guide, Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager provide K-12 educators with the how, why, and cool stuff that supports classroom making.

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  • Publisher: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press (May 10 2013)
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I even don't know it was delivered. I did not have it yet. It was the first time I bought Kindle version.
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Sir Ken Robinson in his Ted Talks encourages us to rethink the classroom, and get away from the one size fits all industrial model of learning and teaching. This book opens our eyes to just that...encourage each child to take ownership of their own learning, create more opportunities for them to discover how they learn best, and spend less time teaching to the dreaded, high stakes, standardized tests.
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An excellent primer for creating a makerspace or fablab environment--from concept to practical suggestions.
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very cool
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has blown my mind open from the moment ... April 18 2016
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This book has blown my mind open from the moment I picked it. And in the week that I've had it, I've been unable to put it down. Having the luxury of being a homeschooling family, I know we are not subject to the same types of learning as in the typical classroom. Yet, I find my institutional buttons being pressed all time. Is he learning? EEK. We need to do more worksheets! To be fair, the authors brought what's in my heart to life. So I wasn't starting from ground zero as far as the philosophy. This book just pushed me over the edge into full blown constructivism. In just 2 days of going to a maker model with my son, we are both PUMPED about learning and making and tinkering. I honestly think this book is life changing. I don't have enough words of praise and thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a good case for the "why" of developing a maker-space in school, but leaves a lot to be desired regarding the "how". March 29 2014
By Christopher T. Dahle - Published on
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If you are trying to convince your administrator or school board to assist your effort to incorporate "Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in [your] Classroom", then this is a good book to have in your arsenal. In fact, I'd recommend you purchase a hardcover copy and lend it strategically to the decision makers in your school. But if you are already convinced of the value of building a maker space, or tweaking an existing school shop in a STEAM-ier direction, have school support for that effort and just need guidance to equip your space and develop curriculum, probably you need something else.

Still, this is a great book to have on the shelf if you need to talk with skeptics who think school needs to be all about preparing for the PARCC or SMARTER assessments. Read this, read Shop Class as Soulcraft, and subscribe to Make Magazine, and you will be well equipped to explain that what the 21st century workforce really needs is to be able to handle a soldering iron, program an Arduino, carve a plaque with a CNC laser, and 3d print a dog whistle, and explain it all with calculus. Table saw, lathe and MIG welding skills won't hurt either, even if, or ESPECIALLY if little Janey was down for Tuck at age 2.

The 21st century workforce is not learning how things are made. Though children are born with creative skills, we are editing those skills out of them at earlier and earlier ages. Deprived of concrete creative play and creative learning experiences as schools are forced to emphasize the all-mighty tests over all, today's kids will be ill-equipped for concrete creative work as adults. Yet growing world problems will demand extremely creative solutions at the very time these kids are entering the world of college and career.

Read this book and help STEM the tide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have used less history and more suggestions Oct. 18 2013
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For a book that asks you to jump right into a great mode of teaching and learning, it takes a while in the book to get there. Presumably, if you have picked up the book, you don't need to know the philosophy and history of the movement- you already are a believer! Other than that, a good, useful book with good connections to a lot of online resources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars making as learning? May 5 2015
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Very nice book about making/inventing, based on constructionismo (constructivism’s version from Papert). Papert, as Piaget, were also epistemologists, so they knew learning is not simply making. Learning is an elaborate process, autopoietic, from the inside out, as author. There’s some lack of this discussion in this book, but, in all, it is a worth reading piece. The most important side is the accurate study of making with computer (Papert’s idea that computer is “material” for making).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Show what you teach Feb. 12 2014
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I know, who am I to criticize?! This is more of an evaluation for me than to be critical but the two are so synonymous that my parsing of words can be construed as meaningless, it makes sense in picture form. Really. Martinez and Stager build on Piaget and Papert's premise that people, emphasis here on children, learn best by hands on, imagination, creativity, using objects, et al. I agree with this premise on the most part. The author's build on the foundation of other's and attempt to demonstrate the foci of education is better suited to their premise. Again, I agree on the most part. But, as they so correctly point out in the introductory portion and first chapter, the problem has been government, political, and other's interfering with teachers being able to teach. The real problem as I see it is our collective attempts at forcing a one size fits all in education. The vast majority of us as teachers already adhere or practice what Martinez and Stager advocate in this book. I reduced the star rating by one for doing what they accuse others of doing in the education system. It is amazing by working with and teaching those in our classrooms, the diversity of students we interact with and influence. Not all children, young people, etc. learn the same way as the author's seem to say. There are some students who excel beyond our expectations and are really self-learners who would be slowed down in their learning if the author's were to achieve their ideal teaching philosophy be enforced on all students. Then there are those students who seem to us to be "slow" in learning or need to go to the "special needs" class for one reason or another which essentially 'dumbs' them down as they lacked one inability or another compared to the majority of the rest of the class. I realize there is no miracle cure in education that an ideal philosophy would work with everyone. Teachers do need to be allowed to actually teach especially being able to direct the teaching to the students needs and not some artificial one size fits ally system which clearly has failed too many. I also realize I may have a misunderstanding with the authors intent, but shouldn't this book include pictures and diagrams attributing in visual form what they expound. Thus another star reduction. Yet, I do recommend this book as it does assist in building an understanding for the Maker Movement and Invent to Learn as those avenues have demonstrated to be effective and works well in the education system and encourages life long learning with the student.