Jessica has written 23 posts for Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids

The (Modern) Maker Movement and Its Impact on Education

Here is my talk from the San Diego State’s STEM Education, Economics, and Equity Seminar Series. I discuss the modern maker movement and its impact on education, specifically the opportunities, challenges and insights on educators and their practice. Since my background is in digital media technologies, literacy, and teacher preparation, I often focus on educators and pose … Continue reading

CA STEM Symposium Makerspace

What an amazing makerspace team we had for the CA STEM Symposium in Anaheim in late October! Folks from MakerEd, Autodesk, KQED, Sonoma COE, and the Maker Certificate Program created a makerspace at the Symposium for participants to engage with circuit stickers and conductive ink, laser cutting, 3D printing and design, soldering, and programming. There … Continue reading

Case Study of Maker Ed in Sonoma County Schools

It’s here! A case study of #makered in Sonoma County schools: The Development and Growth of the Maker Movement in Sonoma County Schools across k-12: Or download the case study: Growth+and+Development+of+Maker+in+Sonoma+County+Final.

Reflections on the Week of Making (June 12-18, 2015)

It was an honor to help launch the #WeekofMaking at The White House on Friday, June 12th, 2015. The event, hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, included vignettes from maker educators such as Emily Pilloton, young makers including Alexis Lewis and Aiden Robinson, and Dr. Glenn Green who discussed using 3D printing to save … Continue reading

Maker Education and Micro-Credentialing

I had the opportunity to talk through the prospect of micro-credentialing at the MakerEd Convening in mid May in San Francisco this year. Here are Maker Education and Micro-credentialing slides if you are interested. The goal of this talk was to think about some of the key issues related to what counts as learning–what gets recognized and … Continue reading

SSU Maker Educators at Maker Faire!

5/15/15: School Day at Maker Faire Angi Chau and Carlie Mix help run the Maker Certificate booth at the Bay Area Maker Faire! Angi is an instructor in the program and Carlie is now a Maker Certified educator as she finished the program in April 2015! 5/16/15: Panel Presentation on School Leadership in Maker Ed I … Continue reading

CISC Presentation & Resources on Making and School Leaders

Here are the slides and the resources from the 2105 CISC (Curriculum and Instruction Steering Comm.) for California’s school leaders (e.g., superintendents and principals, etc.)! #makered #CISC2015

The Role of School Leaders in Making and the Maker Movement

Last week I was honored to moderate a panel at the CISC conference (Curriculum Instruction Steering Committee for CA’s school leaders)  with amazing Sonoma County educators! We discussed the emerging K-12 maker and maker educator movements in the North Bay. The conference theme of, “What if…” was apropos seeing that all of the speakers (listed below) embodied … Continue reading

How a Marble Machine Reinvigorated My Teaching (and Learning)

I found myself on the floor of The Exploratorium at 9:30am on a Tuesday morning in September, paired with a high school engineering teacher and armed with the task of making a marble go as slowly as possible. It’s not often that I find myself on the floor engaged in a learning activity for work. … Continue reading

The Entrepreneurial Educator at SSU: Launching a Movement on 6/23/14

I have had the pleasure to work collaboratively with colleagues from the School of Education, Dr. Paul Porter, and the School of Business and Economics, Mark Nelson, at Sonoma State University this past academic year to create our first MOOC–The Entrepreneurial Educator, launching Monday, June 23rd, 2014! The course is housed on Canvas and includes 7 … Continue reading