In this episode, we are excited for you to hear from Sylvia Martinez co- author of Invent to Learn along with Gary Stager. Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom has been called the “bible of the classroom maker movement.” Sylvia is also the principal advisor to the NSF-funded FabLearn Fellows program out of Stanford University. For the previous ten years, Sylvia was President of Generation YES, a non-profit organization evangelizing student leadership through modern technology. A popular international keynote, workshop leader, and consultant, Sylvia speaks on topics of design thinking and making, the lessons for schools from the global Maker Movement, student empowerment, STEM, gender issues in technology, games and learning, and digital citizenship.
Here is what we talked about:
- What is the beautiful question behind Invent to Learn?
- Why making and how does it fit into what we know about how people learn?
- Clarify some terminology for us – making, tinkering and engineering – and how can an understanding of these three ways of doing lead to what you describe as a “great project”?
- In your book, you talk about the three game changers – fabrication, computing, and programming. How can these game changers revolutionize education?
- Why do we need to reshape our learning environment?
- How might the maker movement reignite progressive education?
- Tell us about the PAECT book chat you are doing this winter.
- What beautiful questions are you currently thinking about?
Join the Conversation
Each episode we leave with a couple of questions for us to think about…with the idea of provoking conversation. This episode’s question:
- What elements of making, tinkering and engineering would you like to try in your classroom?
- As a leader, how can you support and encourage teachers to try elements of making, tinkering, and engineering?
Explore Additional Resources
About Sylvia: Her resume/CV, bio, and other stories.
About Sylvia’s new book: Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Tweet Sylvia: @smartinez
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