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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Picture of sheet music that says Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Opening Day

March, Womens’ History Month, comes to a close. As we start to say goodby to March isn’t it only appropriate that today is opening day of another exciting baseball season and the countless times “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” will be sung this year?  Why you ask?  Well, back in 1908 when Katie Casey’s beau asked her to go to a play, which he assumed a women would enjoy attending, she responded with “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”.

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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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Let students program the computer not the computer program the students…

Seymour Papert in his book Mindstorms, reminds us that the greatest benefit of integrating computers in the classroom is NOT as a tool for standardized assessment, repetitive skill reinforcement or as Papert put it,  “the computer programming the child”. Rather, he argued,  “The child programs the computer. And in teaching the computer how to think, children embark on an exploration about how they think themselves”.

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