The future and a new purpose on education

In today’s day and age education technology and its formal methods continue to grow and blossom into “the flipped classroom”. I have been researching several articles and videos about classrooms that are being flipped or teachers flipping their classrooms in order to have their students be more engaged in he curriculum. An article by   quoted from  Daphne Koller that

There’s a growing amount of content out there on the Web,” says Koller, “and so the value proposition for the university is no longer simply getting their content out there. Rather, it’s fostering that personal interaction between faculty and students and students and students.” By being able to take advantage of online educational content – particularly lecture content from some of the best professors at the most pretigious universities in the world – students will benefit too. It’ll mean that the university classroom can be “flipped” – with lectures pre-recorded and assigned as homework. Koller, who’s been flipping her classroom since well before Khan Academy popularized the term, says that universities have been reluctant to add “active learning” opportunities at expense of covering “the curriculum” via lecture. And thanks to the increasing wealth of online classes, there’ll be more opportunities for hands-on on-campus experiences.

In the 2011 TED Talk  with Salman Khan and his creation of Khan Academy on how using flipped classroom methods benefits the students from K-12 by having them approach the subject in an easier way and better enable them to grasp the subject without any difficulty. Over the years, educators across the country and the globe have started to incorporate the idea of flipping the classroom by having the students be more interested in the activity now and then homework and lecture from their computers at home. By flipping the classroom, students are using their ideas and experiences plus they get to use hands-on training as well, killing three birds with one stone. This has shown significant amount of both physical and educational proof that elementary students actually want and have a joy to learn more when fusing flipped classroom with the standard education curriculum just as in the 2011 Ted talk Salman Khan and Khan academy.

The flipped classroom

The image above shows what the idea(s) of being in or instructing a flipped classroom and by having the inversion, both the educator and the pupils benefit more in the educational curriculum as oppose to the regular or traditional methods of education. I as a future educator will definitely use this method and fuse it with my health education methods and I think that my future pupils will be active, interested, and engaged to learn more about it.


Extreme Makeover : Education Edition

Hola guys, Joviette here. Health Education K-12 major with future goals of teaching little kiddies on why it is oh so important to practice living a healthy lifestyle. I won’t lie, I’m EXTREMELY passionate about the subject, BUT I’m not only pitching the typical diet and exercise speech you hear everywhere else in the world, INSTEAD overall well-being.

The individualistic abilities that children should possess are highlighted so well in this article along with in the purpose of The Maker Movement in general — where children find tweaking electronics and inventing so worth-while.

— and making is an important element of their personal identity.

Can you say so true? ^^

You get the best out of education when teachers learn from students and students learn from teachers. The Maker Movement puts boring teacher lectures in a blur and allows education to stray away from being teacher-centered, but instead to being more about the students.

Plenty of people may not know that health exists outside of the physical aspects of diet and exercising. Incorporating “making” into education and the classroom would be a great idea for promoting emotional health as well as self-efficacy and self-esteem. TWO major and different things that students may struggle with during the “finding themselves” stage.

Kids need outlets dammit!

For a teacher, it is also a great way to incorporate different types of learning styles. Some students are great visual learners, but others like to be hands-on. What a great way to serve individualistic needs.

Now tell me that doesn’t sound like a win win

Built to Shred

Hello, I had to do a second post… I really like the foundations of the MAKER MOVEMENT  and since i’m really into to all kinds of sports from football to skateboarding I remember this show I watched a bunch of times called “Built to Shred” where the host would create and build all of these crazy obstacles to skate, surf or shred….and I thought this show was really in the spirit of the maker culture…

There are a bunch of clips from this show on youtube but here is one example, check it out:

AnnMarie Thomas: Making Makers

Ann MarieThomas is the Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. She talks about making makers and the importance of making things in order to learn them. According to her, many successful makers were created in families where parents gave their kids freedom and support to make their own inventions. Such makers increased their learning by going through the process of making what they envisioned. The Maker Education Initiative supports this view and seeks to create opportunities for youngsters to engage in learning through making.

I hope we are giving today’s kids, the skills and the tools both, literal and figurative that they need to turn their dreams into reality

My name Yitongliton, I study Mathematics  and plan to become a middle school teacher. Thomas’s point of view is very interesting to me because I always wanted to become a maker of electronics but thought that I would have to acquire some specialized training to become one. However, her presentation opened my eyes and I now believe I can start my own projects without formal training. This is great for me because once I work on my projects and develop confidence can help my future students learn a lot by guiding them to through their own individual projects.


Maker Movement and the Extreme Possibilities

What’s Up!  My name is Anthony, I am a Phys. Ed. major here at York College, I am working for my Bachelor Degree in P.E. K-12 and state teaching license.  When I have all the credentials required I plan to teach P.E. for which ever grade level I have the opportunity to teach.  Also I love sports and have a lot of experience playing many sports and I love the beneficial aspects of physical fitness therefore I would also like to coach sports and be a trainer as well.

Maker Kids at Maker Faire Austin from the MAKE blog

I find the theme of this class using the ‘Maker Culture’ as a guide to be a very interesting approach in enhancing student’s creativity, intelligence and understanding of the world around them.  No matter the age it is a very valuable trait to cultivate one’s creative outlets. From science & art to mathematics & engineering to sports & music, creative ingenuity propels that motor.


In my initial searches to elaborate on the ‘Maker Culture’ I aimed to draw a correlation between Phys. Ed. and the Culture and there wasn’t much connection between the two but there was one particular link that landed in my search.  It was a site designed by Red Bull which is a very cutting edge company that heavily invests in EXTREME SPORTS!  Red Bull stays in the now and recognized the movement of the ‘Maker Culture’ and designed a pretty cool website dedicated to the ‘Maker Culture’ called RED BULL CREATION.

After much thought and through all the creative and innovative adventures sponsored by Red Bull, I began to realize just how deep creative ingenuity can go with regard to academics, athletics and everything in between.  Using the foundation of the Maker Movement I feel I will tap into my creative outlets and become a better teacher/leader.




Propelling Creativity

I’ve always found interesting the way minds of children work and how they should take advantage of their wide imagination. When children work together and collaborate their ideas, thoughts are brought to action. Especially children should be encouraged by their educators to create stuff with their own hands so they can invent things of their own liking. Making something is a way to express yourself and remain engaged in the act of creating. I believe that making and learning go hand in hand because making things from scratch is crafty and requires critical thinking skills.

My name is Stephanie Azcona and I’m a student at York College majoring in English/Childhood Education. This is why I’m mainly referring to children. I truly enjoy working with children and studying about the many ways to teach them effectively. As a future teacher, I would definitely incorporate the ideals of making into my classroom. This also requires motivation and there are many ways to push students to complete their creation. It is important for the creative mind of children to be explored on their own. Putting your imagination to work and actually bringing your visions to life.

Maker culture can be fused with education because craftsmanship is a method of learning and expressing ones imagination. That is why it is essential for children to be encouraged to be craft savvy, since it’s an awesome skill to acquire and explore. I particularly chose to read this article because I agree with its title, Craftsmanship is Dead. Long Live Maker Culture.

“The movement encourages boys and girls to view themselves as creators of the world around them, in every possible sense. It emphasizes collaboration and shared skills and ideas. It makes it possible to envision designing not just objects but systems.”


Learn by doing its the Maker way

A photograph of Limor “Ladyada” Fried entrepreneur and owner of Adafruit Industries.

Our society is becoming more advanced technologically everyday. It only makes sense that our education system advances along with it. Pencils and exams are so 30 years ago. The infusion of the maker culture into our education system is a must and the time is now. Examples of successful makers can be seen across the country including maker pioneer Limor Fried.

Thomas Kalil, deputy director for policy, White house office of science and technology is a huge supporter of this infusion as he spoke at a workshop entitled “Innovation, education, and the maker movement” he said the following:

After all, we wouldn’t teach kids how to play football by lecturing to them about football for years and years before allowing them to play. And if education is about the “lighting of a flame not the filling of a pail” — we should be putting the tools of discovery, invention and fabrication at the finger tips of every child — inside and outside of the classroom.

What does all this mean for an educator such as myself. HANDS ON LEARNING. As a future physical educator this idea is already an important aspect in my teaching. “Learn by doing” as I was told in my youth. Making culture is not limited only to the gym space. I can recall being first introduced to fractions by sitting in a class eating pizza. At the end of the month we were making our own pzza pies and dividing it into fractions. The ideals behind the maker culture are not new just forgotten by the masses. As the abacus became old and outdated so have standardized testing. There’s a wealth of untapped potential in todays technology and the maker culture is bringing it to the forefront. Why make? Why not? Jst take a look atAndrew Carles’s “maker” elective class at Flint Hill located in Northern Virginia.

STEAM Powered Classrooms

Despite its reputation for being one of the most innovative countries in the world, it might be surprising to learn that the United States is not doing a good job at producing strong math and science students. This is a serious concern not just for educators, but all others who are invested in the future of the country, and its children. That means everyone from policy makers like President Obama, to high-tech companies who need the engineers and designers to create the next innovative product that will drive their business.

Which is why there is a national movement to get young students more interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) branches. There is the belief that by introducing children to the maker movement and the idea of making and being makers will do just that. And with constant budget cuts that kill art programs, bringing the maker movement to the classroom might just help remedy that problem as well.

One of president’s goals is to get more young girls and boys excited about what’s called STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math. And I believe that the maker movement, the maker culture is a really powerful way of doing that. Tom Kalil, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Making forces children to utilize all of their mental faculties from brainstorming, to planning and problem-solving. Turning an idea into something real and tangible is like an art. So if the maker movement found its way into classrooms it would generate interest in not just the sciences, but the arts as well, giving us STEAM powered classrooms.

Art or science? Probably a touch of both.

I didn’t know it, but I guess I was always a maker (when I wasn’t being a breaker). I used to make things with broken electronics, owned a electronics kit from RadioShack as a child, tried to start a comic book with a friend using linoleum prints, rewired and recycled an old Xbox controller into a PC controller. While making didn’t make me an artist or great at math, it did allow to to explore those worlds. As it turned out I did eventually become a science major, so maybe there is something to this maker-STEM connection.

Casey Shea certainly thinks so. It’s the reason why he’s converting one of the classrooms at Analy High into a makerspace. The author of the article (Maker Education Initiative Executive Director, AnnMarie Thomas) actually goes on to discuss the maker-STEM connection. Here she is actually demonstrating it:

A Closed Minded Teacher’s Open Mind

Me, wanting to be a Elementary school teacher, was inspired by the traditional structure of teaching. We are talking textbook readings, copying notes off the chalk board, multiple choice questions and tests on the context read in the textbook and taught in class. This approach is pretty standard but in some cases, such as science, this isn’t the most effective way to teach. I remembered plenty of times in school where we would occasionally do an actual experiment. Most of the time it was the same ones all the time, over and over again and they were structured in such a way that they were almost robotic, boring, not creative and for children at the ages of 6 to 10 this makes the point of the experiment ineffective due to the lose of the students attention and interest.

At first, I hated the idea of technology and computers in an Elementary school classroom. I felt this would take away from the standard skills that students need to learn for their academic career. However, in certain subjects I can see the benefit of hands on education. I had limited my feelings of technology to computers but through this research on STEM education, I have realized that certain subjects need a more hands on approach in order for a student to actually learn something.

In the blog called,Teachers Are Key to Building STEM Brand by.Ryan Lytle he expresses the idea that teacher need to embrase the idea of changing the way science, technology and music are taught. We, as teachers, are the root and foundation of this evolution in teaching. We must begin by opening our minds to new ideas. He says,

There is a universal fear among many teachers that STEM is a difficult set of topics to teach, she says, and starting conversations to alleviate these fears is vital to the future of STEM in the classroom.

To begin with this idea Mr. Lytle says we should talk to our peers about how to do this. Begin to work as a team. I feel that this video, with Physics and Chemistry teacher, Frank Noschese is a good beginning.


In the video the most important part to me is the beginning were he explains the “problem” he has with the way things are taught now. He describes the difference between the way scientists and students explore science. We see that the way students learn science isn’t very effective and it turns students off the idea of science. However, He then gives his own model for how he feels we can truly teach science in a way that is not only effective but fun, exciting and gets students motivated to learn more. This is what is the teachers most important goal in the end, don’t you think?

Making Makers

The “Maker” subculture is gaining momentum.  Makers are people of all ages who create and build beautiful projects such as robots, electronics, and arts and crafts.  The idea behind the maker movement is for people to learn by doing.  It is a hands-on approach to learning which fosters creativity and self-expression.  Each year a convention is held in New York, Detroit, and San Francisco’s Bay area called “The Maker Faire“.  The faire showcases projects from makers young and old from all around the country.

A boy looks at Super Mario Lamps during the Maker Faire in San Francisco.                                              (Picture courtesy of

The Maker Faire was a huge success but that is not the only reason to be excited.  The faire’s founder, Dale Dougherty, has announced a new maker education initiative.  The program will expand hands-on learning and building experiences for children in schools and other learning environments.

“We believe making provides rich, authentic learning experiences,” Dougherty said. “Such experiences promote creativity and develop problem solving skills while helping to establish a lifelong interest in science and technology. Becoming a maker can be life-changing for a child.”


As a future K-12 educator I am pleased to see that there is a growing movement to incorporate hands-on building, creating, and learning in our schools.  Students must be able to express themselves not only with words but with physical pursuits.  I myself am a hands-on learner, so I appreciated the importance of getting dirt on your hands and creating something from scratch.  As Mr. Dougherty says, “We are makers”.  Humans are natural creators and it is time we get back to our roots and foster our natural abilities.