MIT Media Lab….home of coding, makerspaces, fab labs and more.

Are you excited about your school moving towards or being a 1-1 school?  Advocate for more programming (coding) in the classroom, want to see districts leverage technology across subject matters? Want to learn more about Makerspaces, Fab Labs, and how to empower students to be the leaders of their learning?   Would you believe NONE of these movements are new? The MIT Media Lab has been the pioneer in all of these areas and it just might surprise you for how long.

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Winter Olympics Lesson and Resources

The Winter Olympics is a great reminder that we are all global citizens. Beginning Thursday, February 8, 2018, the Winter Olympics provides a great jumping point to integrate real world events into your curriculum no matter the subject area.  Following are classroom ideas and resources that can integrate within your curriculum.  
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FREE Make Makey Educators Guide is HERE!

Do you have Makey Makeys at your school and not sure where to get started?  Have you done the banana piano and wondering what to do next? Looking for resources to take your Makey Makeys to the next level?  Download the FREE Makey Makey Educators Guide from JoyLabz/Makey Makey just released today.  The guide contains easy step by step instructions with pictures to get you started.   Also, lesson ideas that go “beyond the piano”, storage and organization tips,  and Makey Makey community resources. Additionally a section detailing how Makey Makey supports a variety of educational standards including CCSS, ISTE, STL, NGSS, and 21st Century Learning.  Makey Makey is a great tool to diversify learning through technology across the curriculum.
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Number Coolness!

The Algebra Project teaches us , “Math Literacy is the Key to 21st Century Citizenship”.  Incorporating the most basic programming concepts is a great way to teach about different numerical systems, decoding, problem solving, and well, just how cool numbers can be. Not to mention that it is number coolness that makes technology happen. There is no better way to demonstrate all of these concepts then with the use of a simple spreadsheet, the most under utilized tool in your tech toolkit. Spreadsheets welcome everyone, Excel, Numbers, Sheets, you name it. 

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