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This is a video I did as part of an advertising campaign for Education in '08, which is running on Instructables in the few weeks left before the election. You might have seen the video and ad running here, but if not, here it is. They simply asked me to "talk about education."
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
I am in search of educators and students using Instructables as part of a course or class. I would like to present at my state and national art education conference in the next year on how to use Instructables.com as a resource for student learning, sharing, critique, and assessment, but I have not been able to try this yet in my own classroom. It is a hope for the future, as my district has Instructables blocked through our web filter presently. If you are using Instructables for any of these purposes or know of someone who is, please drop me a line through a comment or PM so we might connect and share thoughts and experiences. I'm posting this in feedback, because I am unaware of any way to find these people otherwise. Could there be some way to search for users that have added a particular city, state, or country to their profile? A profession section in the profile that is also searchable would be helpful as well. Additionally, I am all for web anonymity and staying safe online, but it seems rare for authors to include their location in their profile. Requiring or encouraging authors to include at least the country of origin would make it easier to understand and connect with those who come from a country or state/province/county that is not your own. For example, if I see an ible with less than perfect grammar or spelling, it is easier to overlook when I see that the author is not from an english speaking country. I have my state listed on my location, because we Texans have some pretty unique traditions and perspectives that may seem foreign even to those in another state.
Topic by Brooklyntonia | last reply
Hey everyone, I'm the Director of Education at Children's Museum of Illinois in Decatur, Illinois. We have hired a permanent Make Space Coordinator and are going though some transitions with our older Make Space Educators. I'm searching for Make Space inspired trainings for informal educators preferably in the Midwest and under $500. If you host any trainings or know of any organizations that do, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Abby Koester
Topic by Steamworks13
Hi! I am a 14 years old guy who've just stepped into the world of electronics. I need to buy a good learning kit in which I can make several projects and at the same time can learn. Are there any of those? Or can you list the items needed to start learning electronics? Jack
Question by jackraj | last reply
I am a teacher and have seen a great deal of technology in education. Unfortunately most of the time it is poorly executed. The latest trend is tablets. I see schools getting iPad and I have to wonder if there is not a cheaper solution. One where we make tablets affordable and easy to use. I am not saying that the iPad is not an excellent tool, but it is very expensive and most of the teachers I work with would be lost with how to use it effectively. I think that the platform is excellent and that the iPad is the best you can get in its area. I would like to explore how a cloud based tablet would work in education. I know that with cloud computing you can use hardware that costs less with no problem. I have looked into Joli OS as a possible operating system for such a tablet, but I am an English teacher. I need help. Someone or several someones who can help me wrap my brain around the best way to do this. I have no experience in programming. I am very familiar with computers, but the learning curve with what I want to do it steep. I am looking for a partner to explore this idea. Failing that I would like some advice.
Topic by ehudwill | last reply
Seeing all the wonderful winners that made stuff out of ardunio and other stuff, I figure that I might want to try doing some stuff using them too. Problem is, I have absolutely no idea how parts work, and I would love to have anyone who's willing point me to places that I might be able to learn the basics of circuit boards, wires, leds, motors, soft/hardware, whatever that's simple to read and learn off of. I know there's tons of Instructables that probably might teach me stuff, but I want to have a general idea first before working. Thanks, username252 (profile image below)
Topic by username252 | last reply
Starting this week, we will be running a new kind of mini-contest similar to the wonderful Weekly Challenges being run by mikeasaurus, scoochmaroo, and randofo. These new contests won't be too far out of the ordinary, but they're different enough I felt compelled to provide a heads-up to you loyal readers. Allow me to answer your imagined questions. What are these new contests called? Academic Challenges. What's the difference between these and a Weekly Challenge? The main difference is, um, academic. Project submissions should be usable by a teacher. I will include a list of the relevant standards for the subject matter, so pick one and make a hands-on project for it. Not too hard. We just need the answers to be useful in the classroom. You can also submit a Guide. As long as the projects within the guide are all related to the topic of the Academic Challenge, that is. Just make sure every project is clearly tied to the academic standards we're looking for. (That'll put the majority of the work on hunting for good projects and writing good intros. Perfect for contestants who are too busy to make, but not too busy to search.) How long do these last? Two weeks. Or more, if two weeks isn't enough time to get some awesome and useful projects. But the first one will be two weeks, and the term of the contest will be clearly indicated on the contest page. What's the point of an Academic Challenge? To help build projects that teachers can use in demos or for hands-on projects with their classes. Well, that's cool I guess. Now what? Get your apples out, because the first Academic Challenge will be about Newtonian physics. And it starts tomorrow. Don't have any ideas? Was your last experience with Newtons primarily fig-based? Get hunting now for cool projects that demonstrate Isaac's big ideas and make a GUIDE. (I really want some guides, guys. Make guides.)
Topic by wilgubeast | last reply
Can you think of something useful and fun to teach children through the http://www.laptop.org/ OLPC $100 laptop? We've created a group where you can submit Instructables for consideration to be included. Instructions for how to do this are here. Feel free to submit both old and new Instructables!
Topic by ewilhelm
To the teachers, educators, instructors, advisers, Scout leaders, home-schoolers, unschoolers, and regular folks who just really want to help out a teacher.... I'd like to present to you the new, never-before-seen channel exclusively for educational content! That's right. We're trying to put everything all in one place to make the site easier to sift through as an educator. Need a project to accompany a unit on covalent bonds? What about an activity to teach kindergarteners to share? Hands-on projects are awesome teaching tools, and it's about time for those projects to live in one place. It's a mostly-empty channel at this point with only a handful of guides in it (and select few projects that I unilaterally recategorized because they were too perfect not to include), but it'd be nice to grow it into a large enough section of the site that it becomes actually useful to teachers. If you don't mind spending a little extra time on the site, I'd really appreciate it if you could recategorize some of your explicitly academic content into the new Education channel within the Living category. We're trying to load this new channel with materials that include the following: subject areas for the project, recommended age ranges, and the learning objective(s) for the project or guide. We'll be running a contest for teachers starting in December, giving away class sets of Instructables pro memberships along with the usual fare of Apple products and Amazon certificates. The MOST IMPORTANT elements of anything placed into this new channel are as follows: subject area age range learning objective If you want to recategorize any projects you've done that are specifically for teachers, you may. What would be most helpful is to create a guide of useful projects that is tied to a specific learning objective. Check out what the Children's Museum of Houston did for an example of what we're looking for in this channel. Checking for understanding: 1- What are the three most important ingredients for a project added to the Education channel? 2- What category is the Education channel in? Extra Credit- Do you have to be a teacher to enter a project or guide into the new channel? Extra Extra Credit- What are the three most important components of a project entered into the Education channel?
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If you teach electronics to groups, finding all the parts you need can be a drag. Organizing those parts once you receive them? Even draggier. Asking students to buy the materials? The draggiest. It looks like Jameco is making it a little bit easier to source and organize educational kits. Just browse their site, add kit components to your cart, provide some basic info about your school, and either you or your students can purchase the kits from the Jameco site. They'll even include the course number and an educational discount for you or your students. Here's the text from the announcement: While we've always offered educational discounts, we're excited to announce a new program to allow you to design your own electronic kit. Whether you want to create your own grab bag of components or design a step-by-step project, Jameco will source it, build it and sell it offering students an educational discount and educators a royalty on every kit sold. Oh yeah. And they'll provide some royalties. Probably not enough to pay off your new 'vette, but it's better than nothing. Check out this super-informative link for all the info. This is in no way an advertisement for Jameco, but this program might be useful for teachers, professors, scout leaders, after school programs, hackerspaces, or any other place where a group of people would learn electronics.
Topic by wilgubeast | last reply
I entered "30 rockets for $5" in Education challenge. I can see it when I view my profile, but not when scrolling thru all the entrees. Is it truly entered? Can others see it in the contest?
Question by Toga_Dan | last reply
Any Texans out there? Did you know what (revisionist?) plans were afoot in your education system? Even as a panel of educators laid out a vision Wednesday for national standards for public schools, the Texas school board was going in a different direction, holding hearings on changes to its social studies curriculum that would portray conservatives in a more positive light, emphasize the role of Christianity in American history and include Republican political philosophies in textbooks. There have also been efforts among conservatives on the board to tweak the history of the civil rights movement. One amendment states that the movement created “unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes” among minorities. Another proposed change removes any reference to race, sex or religion in talking about how different groups have contributed to the national identity. - A greater emphasis on “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.” - A reduced scope for Latino history and culture. - Changes in specific terminology. Terms that the board’s conservative majority felt were ideologically loaded are being retired. (The new recommendations stress the need for favorable depictions of America’s economic superiority across the board.) - A more positive portrayal of Cold War anticommunism. Disgraced anticommunist crusader Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator censured by the Senate for his aggressive targeting of individual citizens and their civil liberties on the basis of their purported ties to the Communist Party, comes in for partial rehabilitation. - Language that qualifies the legacy of 1960s liberalism. Great Society programs such as Title IX—which provides for equal gender access to educational resources—and affirmative action, intended to remedy historic workplace discrimination against African-Americans, are said to have created adverse “unintended consequences” in the curriculum’s preferred language. - Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the board’s judgment. ... Heavy emphasis is also to be placed on the founding fathers having been guided by strict Christian beliefs. - Excision of recent third-party presidential candidates Ralph Nader (from the left) and Ross Perot (from the centrist Reform Party). - A recommendation to include country and western music among the nation’s important cultural movements. The popular black genre of hip-hop is being dropped from the same list. None of these proposals has met with final ratification from the board—that vote will come in May, after a prolonged period of public comment on the recommendations. Still, the conservatives clearly feel like the bulk of their work is done; after the 120-page draft was finalized last Friday, Republican board member Terri Leo declared that it was "world class" and "exceptional." First paragraphs from New York Times Headline paragraphs from Yahoo News It occurs to me that it may be appropriate for some members to have a rather forceful word with their elected representatives - at all levels - about the damage these proposals will cause in the American education system...
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I've been spending lots of time surfing the web recently trying to learn new things and to apply that knowledge to the various projects I have going at any given time. Lately I've been spending quite a bit of time scanning through various Linux forums and at Instructables.com. I was thinking about how the Internet has changed into something really amazing. It has become a medium of great synergy, where people can work together to accomplish things much greater than they could alone, or even in organizations of various sizes that have existed throughout human history. I am truly impressed by the synergy that has developed on the web, and wanted to develop some way of directing those energies towards a positive end. I was trying to think of something useful when I realized I shouldn't be working alone to develop this, it should be brainstormed by the Internet community. I realized that it would be hard to agree upon a direction to take, since everyone has their own concepts of what issues are most pressing, and since there is such strong disagreement about what can be done to solve those problems. I thought there would need to be a lot of dialogue, a sharing of information, and much deliberation before a plan could be reached. Then I realized that that should be the plan: education. If people could come together at a website laid out similarly to a social networking site and share information the oblique benefits would be enormous. I realize there are already sites like this. Wikipedia is fantastic. But there is only so much knowledge you can gain from reading information on a page. I was thinking this online learning institution could use tools employed by higher education already. It could have rooms where people could meet and have live chats, video, and shared presentations. Instructors could develop class pages in a simple GUI layout similar to Myspace with course information, forums, and feedback. We could even have tiered learning where an instructor requires verification that a student has sufficent skill in prerequisite classes before moving on. This could be a place where experts in various fields could come together to discuss their fields and continue to progress as well as place where curious minds could find help. Students in traditional universities could use it as a study guide to help in their course work. Of course, this would require that people with knowledge in their field donate their energies, but I don't think this is asking too much. If many people just donate a little bit of time it would have a huge impact. By working together the cost for any one person would be small, while the benefit to every single person would be enormous. I intend to pursue this vision, but I cannot do it alone. The obvious first step will be to start developing a website with a forum. I'll start working on this. If anyone has any suggestions or wants to help, please let me know.
Topic by Sam the Wizer | last reply
This Design Squad Nation animation shows how an electric current flowing in a coil produces a magnetic field. Explains how a solenoid uses a changing magnetic field to move a rod back and forth to do mechanical work, such as opening and closing a valve. For more Design Squad Nation visit our website.
Topic by designsquad
The Eureka Factory does a lot of hands on educational programming with youth and adults, often library staff training for makerspace development and creative programming. We test drove the Circuit Scribe kits provided for the February Build Night, at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library in Pasco County, FL, and our Maker in Residence, Chuck Stephens shares one of our projects and a kit review here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Prototyping-Board-for-the-Circuitscribe-K/ We'd love to hear some of your educational projects with the kits.
Topic by EurekaFactory
Feel like mixing Hallowe'en fun and science?There's a new website about the five kingdoms of life, with a Hallowe'en theme and masks you can download and make. There's a bat, bacteria, fungi, a pumpkin and more on the way.You can imagine the doorstep scene:"And what have you come as, Billy?"Oh, I'm a Basidiomycota, Mrs Ponderosa, a genus of club-fungus that includes both edible and highly toxic species.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Where can i find one of those educational bonds? where you go to a place, and you make like a little video of what you learned. or, do you know where we could get some fundraiser things to go door to door with? (like cookie dough and those "pay back"/coupon books?
Question by Mr. Geek
I once saw a physics film covering various aspects of motion and the mathematics thereof. In the part about rotational forces, a bicycle wheel (no tire) was spun fast enough to actually take off under precession force. It was very a short flight in an arcing trajectory ending in the wheel inverting its axis and slamming into the ground...hard. I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name of the film to no avail.
Question by Dark Solar | last reply
I only have Educational Version. It has all of the pro features (except Cycore, and that sucks). I want to make a fireball that burns with ash shooting up. I also want to be able to manipulate a trail whenever it moves. I really need some help.
Question by Brother_D | last reply
Hello All, I have been in the Instructables community for the past 9 months on a personal account. I currently teach computer technology to grades 5 and 6. I had a thought that this community could be a great resource for my students to look for information and also share. My question to the community is this. Is there a designated area of the site or community that is solely education based or are there groups of teachers that share how they use this site and contents in the classroom? More specifically computer tech type classes. Hoping to hear back from some fellow educators. Regards, MyDemonsTech
Topic by MyWlakeTech | last reply
After getting fed up with Meebo, and its guests floating in and out, causing disturbances in the force and whatnot, A few other mods, and myself, are trying to educate other members on the benefits and use of the instructables IRC chatroom.Click here to get educated!
Topic by bumpus | last reply
Hi, I'm lost, and I was wondering if you could help me. I feel stuck in life, and I've decided that I'm going to put my life into action with as much vigor as possible. I've decided to start with finances and education. I've got the finances part figured out, but I have no idea on education. I'm twenty years old. I went to a technical college for Information Technology and Communications Systems, and I left after a year because I was no longer interested, I don't believe I was prepared to take the educational leap (I hindered myself), and I left for a relationship. I don't want to make that mistake again. Being a maker, what types of possibilities are out there for career paths? What type of education should I pursue? How do I make sure that what seems like a great choice doesn't turn out to be a passing fad like my past venture? I feel as if I've wasted too much time. I haven't been in high school for three years, and I have nothing to show for it. I need to get this going as soon as possible.
Topic by Flintlock | last reply
PhD student Brian O'Connell at Tufts University is doing research on Makerspaces as interactive learning environments. As part of that research, they have created a survey that will help gather data on how people currently assess some of the skillsets common to makerspaces as well as get an idea of how they wish they could do so. Due to your experience with some of the skillsets common to makerspaces (soldering, 3D printing, woodworking, microcontrollers, electronics, etc), we would like you to participate in this survey. It should take less than 25 minutes to complete, less if you only participate in some of the categories. Please pass this onto anyone you know who has experience with these skillsets. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iRGVNoChCR9uaFVQcdQ1AlHrO9DCqwmpEph-oNzunQI/viewform If you have any questions, please contact Brian O’Connell - email@example.com
Topic by boconn7782
Hello Instructables! I currently run a small business in which company teachers travel to local elementary schools and teach project based engineering. For us, it's second nature. But I recently learned that it's not always so easy to implement project-based learning in the home or at school. What are you challenges in this arena? Is it getting the right materials? Finding good instruction? Making something scalable to a 30-student classroom? Let me know so I can learn how to better help the community :) Lance
Topic by LanceMakes | last reply
Physics Hello, I work at CERN Education and Outreach and thought to share with you a video documenting the experiences of an inspiring physics teachers and his students from a trip to CERN. Here's the full article and video: http://home.web.cern.ch/students-educators/updates/2013/09/electrons-galaxies-greek-high-schoolers-visit-cern Thank you, Angelos Alexopoulos
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Id like a book that provides a healthy, educating, and comprehensive overview of Marxism. A book void of too much opinion and lots of refrenses. I'de also like a million dollars, and to live forever. Now, I realize that not a single one of these things is possible, but we can do SOMETHING about my "Marxism book" problem right?
Question by Jumpin Jehosaphat | last reply
Be a part of Arch Reactor's Move. Help our Hackerspace Double in Size & Increase Our Community Impact Come & help us to grow through our crowdfunding campaign! Learn more about the exciting things the educational non-profit, Arch Reactor is doing in St. Louis, Missouri. http://igg.me/at/archreactorstl/x/11766633 Arch Reactor is Moving Welcome to Arch Reactor, the St. Louis community educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit hackerspace (sometimes also referred to as a makerspace). We are the oldest and largest organization of it's type in the St. Louis area. We specialize in collaborative learning, a DIY attitude, and inspiring interest in S.T.E.M. related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Our focus is on education and teaching classes in electronics, programming, manufacturing, robotics, woodworking, and arts that are open to the general public. We are currently in the process of relocating to a much larger building about one-and-a-half miles away, at 2215 Scott Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Where we will be breathing a new breath of educational maker life into an old building and local community. This gem of a building at our soon to become new location has a rich history of being home to the Dixie Cream Donut Flour Company for several decades. The building has basically been used as storage for almost 20 years. However, the expanse of the first floor interior is in need of a complete overhaul in order to be transformed into the new and updated Arch Reactor. Our members and supporters have been planning, procuring, cleaning, and doing everything we possibly can in order to complete this move project. In order to make such a large undertaking possible, we need your support too! Also, please help by sharing this post on your social media! #education #hackerspace #makermovement #community #building #moving #makerspace
Topic by GeekTinker | last reply
Hello all, I have recently moved up from GCSE level education to A-Level education and I am happy with my subject choices after one week of being back after a long holiday. I am taking: Chemistry Physics Mathematics Design and Technology: Product Design - Materials I am worried about my mathematical ability though. Despite getting an A grade at GCSE, my true ability (in general) is somewhere around a B. I excel in geometry, shape, mechanics - anything with REAL WORLD application. I do not fare so well in the 'Maths for the sake of Maths' bits, namely some algebraic sections and whatnot. I am aware that the jump from GCSE to A-Level is a difficult one and that many students struggle with it (Maths in particular). I just thought that I would post this here to see if anybody who has been through a difficult 'step-up' in work difficulty could offer me some advice. Also, this is a forum post so that anyone, in any education system, in any 'step-up' can discuss their issues, or offer their advice. So, don't feel left out Yanks! :-) I thank you all in advance.
Topic by DELETED_zoltzerino
Hey, So i am in a turkish school and the Turkish National Education Ministry (Milli eğitim bakanlığı) gave half the schools in turkey educational tablets for free. But the goverment cant just not touch anything.... These tablets (writing this post with one of them now) are on what i am declaring ANDROID LOCKDOWN. (actually sounds catchy) They have deleted play store, disabled the ability to install apks on them, made the bluetooth as expensive as a paperwieght.. And connection with a computer?? Trust me dont even go there. So the question is *İs there any possible way to install apks WİTHOUT rooting??* Help me please The tablets are General mobile e tab 5 Android 4.4 kitkat octa core 1.7 ghz 2 gb ram 32 gig memory. İt pains me to see them like this..
Topic by Doc Penguin | last reply
No longer is there a Best Answer, a Follow, a personal comment Delete and the old click spam to help indicate the what is inappropriate or desirable...This is a sad state of affairs...
Topic by iceng | last reply
I've been asked to source some equipment for my new department and I'm looking for a reliable product thats not overly expensive. It would be mainly be used by visual art students and design students. Ideally we would use it to cut board, cardboard, acrylic etc. I can see there are many exciting and interesting objects and artifacts which can be made (as demonstrated in so many instructables!) with this tool. I would be grateful for any advice available. Thanks in anticipation, Lawrence
Question by LAMcGrath | last reply
Inexpensive, non-toxic, fun, educational. Thank you.
Question by BossOdds | last reply
My mum wants to start teaching dance over the internet to students abroad... i need to know how to exactly go about it starting right from web design, advertising, registration(if there is any) and actually start teaching... something like a video chat room... instead of chatting, we'll be taking classes. i have absolutely no idea how to go aout it so any help would be greatly appreciated... thanx
Question by ravimaiden | last reply
Hey Instructables! I'm working this summer at Instructables on how we can better connect with and serve educators - this could be anyone from a homeschool instructor to a middle school teacher to a scout leader to a parent looking for an educational activity with their kid. I'm curious - has anyone had success using Instructables as a learning tool with their students, particularly on having kids write their own Instructables in order to document projects they completed? On the flipside, what's hard about using Instructables with young people? Would love to hear any thoughts. MikeCicc
Topic by MikeCicc | last reply
An interesting explanation from Dr. Michio Kaku about why America is still a superpower despite the substandard American education system.
Topic by blkhawk
I'm a retired educator - I run workshops entitled I'm a scientist - for parents AND their children.
Question by Vintage1942 | last reply
We’re excited to announce a new feature to share your knowledge, and help to bring more making into classrooms all over the world: Teacher Notes! Teacher Notes can be added to any instructable to show how it was used in the classroom. Educators can upload photos, lesson plans, and other resources to demonstrate their favorite ways to bring hands-on learning to their students.A Teacher Note is much more than a comment you can leave on an Instructable because they are designed to provide valuable information for other educators about how an Instructable was used in a classroom setting. The Teacher Note editor has options for noting grade levels and subjects, as well as attaching resources such as Docs or PDFs of lesson plans, graphic organizers, or other classroom materials created to support students with the project. Sharing a Teacher Note is an excellent way to connect with, learn from, and support other educators within the global Instructables Community.Do you have an Instructable project you've used with your students? Did you create resources such as lesson plans or student handouts to go with a project you found on the site? Did you adapt parts of an instructable or use different materials to create a project for your students? If you’ve done any of these things, then you can create a Teacher Note and share how you incorporated that project into your classroom so other educators can do the same. Have a project in mind and ready to post your first Teacher Note? To learn more about Teacher Notes and how they function, you can check out this handy tutorial: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Add-Teach... If you have questions, feel free to ask them here. :) Like this feature? Share it with other educators who you think would love it too!The first 100 teachers to post Teacher Notes will receive an Instructables mug prize pack! Be sure to describe how you used the project in your classroom in a way that will help other teachers be successful.
Topic by WeTeachThemSTEM | last reply
Can you kindle let me know what are the subjects you need to keep in your IGCE O'Level and in GCE A'Level.
Question by bushra | last reply