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Chat: The Maker Movement in K-12 Schools

Schools across the country are taking the maker movement into the mainstream. But can the K-12 world maintain the do-it-yourself, only-if-you-want-to ethos that fueled making's popularity in the first place?

The Maker Movement in K-12 Schools

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Thursday, July 7, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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Live Blog Chat: The Maker Movement in K-12 Schools

The maker movement is going mainstream, with schools across the country encouraging students and teachers to use everything from cardboard to 3-D printers to build and learn while pursuing their passions. The shift presents new opportunities for fans of hands-on, student-driven learning. It also holds the promise of diversifying a movement that began in mostly informal spaces.

But as districts rush to embrace the trend, some key observers are also worried: Can schools, with their standards, state tests, and bell schedules, maintain the do-it-yourself, only-if-you-want-to ethos that fueled making’s popularity in the first place?

Guests:
Stephanie Chang, director of programs, Maker Education Initiative
Pamela Moran, superintendent, Albemarle County Schools, Va.

Moderator:
Benjamin Herold, staff writer, Education Week

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