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Tinker, Make & Learn

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Starts December 15, 2014

The Maker Movement is a global community of people who love to make things - all kinds of things . If you make, you are a part of the Maker Movement. But how can you use the ideas from the Maker Movement in your teaching and learning? How can you use maker projects to teach in an authentic way? Should you? Tinker, Make & Learn will help you to develop some ideas. Another part of the Tinker, Make & Learn course purpose is to help spread the best practices, lessons learned and research from maker programs around the world. Collaboration with other participants is part of this experience and will help you gain some insight into how to creatively infuse your teaching and learning with the Maker Mindset. The Maker Movement believes that people can make extraordinary things. We hope this course will inspire you to do just that.

Topics covered include:

  • The value of the Maker Movement
  • Maker Focus Activities, sharing ideas and hacks
  • The intersection of Making & Learning
  • Making your Makerspace
  • Makerspaces, Fablabs, Pop-Ups, Maker Shops
  • Creating your Maker Plan
  • The Tinker, Make and Learn MOOC is free for teachers, librarians, higher education faculty, and other educators interested in finding out more about making and learning.

This Tinker, Make and Learn MOOC builds on the expertise of some really amazing Maker organizations, such as Parachute Factory, Connally High School, and the Center for Cultural Technology. And in this MOOC, we're will have a chance to get a look inside some exciting maker spaces through interviews and virtual tours modeled after The Odyssey Initiative. All of this will take place in a replicable blended Canvas course.

This MOOC is about two things -- Making and about blended learning. We want to model the concept of blended learning that teaches uses experiential learning. There will be information exchange through panel discussions, hands-on homework assignments, readings, tours, interviews and videos. There is organized material that we're putting together but at the same time this isn't just a one-way transmission of us just lecturing to people about what the Maker Movement is. On the contrary is this to be a class where everyone is collaborating and co-creating knowledge. There's going to be a lot of opportunities for people to go out and do stuff. It's not just sitting at your computer learning about making, but you are will go out and try something with your colleagues, go do something, go have a making experience for yourself. That's what we're really after. Come and make with us!

Robin Bartoletti, PhD

Robin Bartoletti

Robin Bartoletti provides expertise in Maker Education, elearning, social media, and other educational technologies. She is an Instructional Designer and has also served as faculty and educational technologist supervising online course and program development, faculty training, and consulting in online and blended learning.

Robin has more than 15 years of experience in K-12 and higher ed educational technology and has led numerous presentations and workshops around the country. She is a Canvas Grant awardee.
twitter: @robinwb

Thomas Kilgore

Thomas Kilgore

4th Grade Teacher

Tom Kilgore is a 4th grade full curriculum classroom teacher in the Coppell Independent School District. He previously taught 5th grade as the science and social studies instructor for his team. Tom comes from a prior career in the fields of technology and military projects and uses this background as the basis of his approach in his own classroom. This entails a robust incorporation of Maker Ed, STEM/STEAM emphasis, and genius hour initiatives into his curriculum.

Tom is the founder of an educational Twitter chat called #TXEDUCHAT, which serves as a platform for educators and thought leaders to share and collaborate using social media. He has presented at conferences such as ISTE 2014 and local and regional sessions on topics such as STEAM initiatives, flipped classroom, social media/Twitter use in education, and on technology tools that can assist in the learning process.

Prior to entering the field of education, Tom’s previous career entailed extended periods of time serving as a software product development manager, senior systems engineer, and also service in the United States Marine Corps. He has directed research and development for a software company in New Zealand and served as a radar systems engineer and consultant to United States military organizations and their counterparts in numerous countries around the world. Tom is also a certified PADI SCUBA instructor and former public school board trustee vice president.

He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of North Texas in interdisciplinary studies and also holds specializations in EC thru 6th grade education and English as a Second Language (ESL).