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Resource Created for Intel

Resource Created for Intel

Dr. Gary Stager recently authored Intel’s Guide to Creating and Inventing with Technology in the Classroom. The piece explores the maker movement for educators, policy-makers, and school leaders. Download a copy here. Tweet This Post Read More →

National School Boards Association Interview with Gary Stager

National School Boards Association Interview with Gary Stager

Gary was recently interviewed by the National School Boards Association for the June 2015 American School Boards Journal. Read “The Best Makerspace is Between Your Ears.”     Tweet This Post Read More →

The Secret Key to Girls and Computer Science

The Secret Key to Girls and Computer Science

I’ve been teaching boys and girls to program computers professionally since 1982 when I created one of the world’s first summer camp computing programs. I led professional development at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Australia for a few years beginning in 1990. Girls at MLC used their personal laptops to program in LogoWriter across the curriculum. (read about the history... [Read more]

Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations

Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations

This time of year, schools scramble to select a book for their entire faculty to read over the summer. Although it would be nice if everyone read the same book as a basis for common dialogue and for teachers to read more than one book about learning each year, I just assembled a list for the (DK-8) school where I serve as the Special Assistant to the Head of School for Innovation. Based on our overarching... [Read more]

Costa Rican Annual Lecture Videos

Costa Rican Annual Lecture Videos

In November, I had a the great honor of working with my colleagues at the Omar Dengo Foundation, Costa Rica’s NGO responsible for computers in schools. For the past quarter century, the Fundacion Omar Dengo has led the world in the constructionist use of computers in education – and they do it at a national level! While there, I delivered the organization’s annual lecture in the Jean... [Read more]

Balance

Balance

Ah, balance! Balance is the Fabreze of education policy. It is a chemical spray designed to mask the stench of a two year-old tuna sandwich found in the minvan with the artificial bouquet of an April rain dancing on a lily pad. Balanced literacy got us systemic phonics. Balanced math begot Singapore Math worksheets. Balanced standards produced The Common Core. Balanced policy debates produced No... [Read more]

___Thinking

___Thinking

Thinking and learning are strong proud words. When educational publishers or policy-makers seek to modify such terms, (re: design thinking, discovery learning, computational thinking…), the result seems less than the individual parts. We get “design thinking” without any design; “computational thinking” without computation; “discovery learning” where the... [Read more]

Why the NYC Schools Must End the Student Cellphone Ban

Why the NYC Schools Must End the Student Cellphone Ban

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a New York Times reporter asking to interview me about Mayor Bill DiBlasio’s promise to end the ban on student cellphones in New York City public schools.. I replied immediately via email and called the reporter to tell her I was unavailable for a few hours, but that I provided my views on the subject via email from my iPhone. She agreed to call me... [Read more]

Playground Poem

Playground Poem

As far too many American schools become obsessed with time-on-task, achievement, and beating the rest of the world in long division, play, recess, and even socializing over lunch fade into memory. Kids in schools lucky enough to still have art, drama, or music programs often have to wake before dawn to attend “zero period” or stay at school until dark, followed by an obscene quantity of homework.... [Read more]

Gary Stager’s Full ASCD Interview About Making

Gary Stager’s Full ASCD Interview About Making

Following my presentation at the March ASCD National Conference, Sarah McKibben of ASCD interviewed me for an article, If You Build It: Tinkering with the Maker Mind-Set, published in the June 2014 issue of ASCD Education Update. As is often the case, just a few of my comments made it into the final publication. Since I responded to a number of interview questions via email, I am publishing my full... [Read more]

Need Some Ideas for Learning with Your 3D Printer?

Need Some Ideas for Learning with Your 3D Printer?

Available Now! I’m enormously pleased that our publishing company, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, has just released The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom – Recipes for Success. The book is currently available in print and Kindle formats from Amazon.com. The following is the text of the Foreword I wrote for the book. I hope you enjoy it. Foreword 3D printers are... [Read more]

TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

TEDs? I’ve Had a Few…

All of my friends know I have serious reservations about smarmy self-important libertarianism of TED and loathe speaking in the format – essentially a television program without any of the accoutrements of a television studio. That said, I’ve now performed three of them. My first TEDx Talk made me ill for months before and weeks following the talk. The pressure was unbearable. You see,... [Read more]

Lesson of the Day

Lesson of the Day

Four out of five kindergarteners agree. . Foam blocks suck.   Tweet This Post Read More →

Wasted Intensity

Wasted Intensity

“Young people have a remarkable capacity for intensity….” Those words, uttered by one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, has driven my work for the past six or seven years. It is incumbent on every educator, parent, and citizen to build upon each kid’s capacity for intensity otherwise it manifests itself as boredom, misbehavior, ennui,... [Read more]

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

Papert circa 1999 enjoying the work of a middle schooler I’ve been thinking a lot about my friend, colleague, and mentor Dr. Seymour Papert a lot lately. Our new book, “Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom,” is dedicated to him and we tried our best to give him the credit he deserves for predicting, inventing, or laying the foundation for much of what we now celebrate... [Read more]

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

My Interview in California School Business Magazine

A boyhood dream has come true. I was interviewed by California School Business Magazine! I certainly sized the opportunity to pull no punches. I left no myth behind.  Perhaps a few school business administrators will think differently about some of their decisions in the future. A PDF of the article is linked below. I hope you enjoy the interview and share it widely! Edtech Expert Discusses the Revolution... [Read more]

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Please Stop Spreading Manure

Almost daily, a colleague I respect posts a link to some amazing tale of classroom innovation, stupendous new education product or article intended to improve teaching practice. Perhaps it is naive to assume that the content has been vetted. However, once I click on the Twitter or Facebook link, I am met by one of the following: A gee-whiz tale of a teacher doing something obvious once, accompanied... [Read more]

Do the Real Thing

Do the Real Thing

Recently, 5th and 6th grade girls in the school where I work came up to me in the hallway and volunteered, “I want to be an engineer.” While this is heartwarming, especially given the political rhetoric behind the importance of S.T.E.M. and the challenges of gender underrepresentation in the sciences, I would like to draw a totally different lesson for educators. Anyone who knows anything about... [Read more]

What is CMK About?

What is CMK About?

Constructing Modern Knowledge may be the most important work of my career. For five years, we have demonstrated the competence and creativity of educators who spend four days of their summer vacation learning to learn in the digital age. I marvel at the complexity, sophistication and ingenuity illustrated by the educator’s projects created at Constructing Modern Knowledge. It is not an exaggeration... [Read more]

Technology is not Neutral

Technology is not Neutral

Larry Ferlazzo invited me to share a vision of computers in education for inclusion in his Classroom Q&A Feature in Education Week. The text of that article is below. You may also enjoy two articles I published in 2008: What’s a Computer For? Part 1 – It all depends on your educational philosophy What’s a Computer For? Part 2 – Computer science is the new basic skill Technology... [Read more]

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