21st Century Learning
We are pleased to announce that Sonoma County schools and districts interested in the Maker Education movement will now find even greater support and expertise for their efforts. Local Maker Education expert Casey Shea is transitioning from a part-time role as a SCOE teacher-on-loan to a full-time role as SCOE’s Curriculum Coordinator for Maker Education. He is available to provide hands-on workshops, on-site trainings, guidance for creating Makerspaces, and suggestions for simple Maker projects to get students started.
Shea previously taught mathematics and Project Make at Analy High School in Sebastopol. He worked closely with Dale Dougherty and Maker Media in 2011-12 and helped create the first-ever Project Make class in the country. The Analy High program is now a national model for Maker Education.
The goal of Maker Education is to create opportunities for young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through “making.” Shea’s background makes him ideally suited to support local educators interested in this increasingly popular field.
SCOE's Casey Shea on "what makes a great makerspace | October 2016
"The makerspace is more of a mindset than a toolset," says SCOE's Make Coordinator Casey Shea in a recent article in a tech education publication, "THE Journal." He was featured prominently in an article titled "What Makes a Great Makerspace?" "Many of the most successful makerspaces I've ever seen started with very little equipment and a lot of creativity," he goes on to say. Read the full interview by clicking below.
- Looking for a concoction that will reinvigorate your passion for teaching and provide your students with relevant and engaging learning opportunities? A Maker-centered PLN is the perfect dish, chock full of the essential 21st century “food groups” of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Read more in this edSurge article by Casey Shea ...
- Teachers from around the county recently helped SCOE pilot three Make and Take Workshops as part of this year’s Maker Education initiative. Participants assembled three different pieces of equipment to take back to their classrooms and use with students. Raw materials, tools, and coaching were provided, but these sessions were designed as do-it-yourself workshops—with teachers doing the making. Read more...
- Casey Shea explains how “making” is becoming an essential tool for nurturing 21st century skills, then he outlines his plan for providing access to resources and training that will help bring making to life on school campuses across Sonoma County. Read more...
Project Guides & Ideas
Community Science Network Project Page
This page has over 100 well-documented projects that use inexpensive and easy-to-source materials.
How to Smile
Here you’ll find hundreds of searchable math and science activities that can easily become Maker projects.
Look here for simple projects delivered in a comic-book style.
This site has a huge repository of user-generated projects.
Upcoming Orientation Sessions for the SCOE Design Lab
SCOE now has its own Design Lab where teachers can become familiar with Maker tools. Learn more at one of the upcoming orientation sessions listed below.
Maker Certificate Program at SSU
05/19/15 – Recipe for Creating a Maker Personal Learning Network, by Casey Shea (on edSurge)
03/10/15 – Make & Take: Rocket Launchers, Wind Tubes and Marble Machines
10/13/14 – What Do You Want to Make?
09/15/14 – Digital Fabrication
09/12/14 – The Maker Movement is taking off in Sonoma County Schools
Schools and districts can request site-specific Maker workshops or trainings by using SCOE’s Custom Services link above.
SCOE Design Lab
Trainings are also available in SCOE's Design Lab. Click the link above and navigate to the Using the Lab section to learn more.
What's Next for Maker Education?
Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?
How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech
MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context
Making It Real, June 2015 American School Board Journal
The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces
Project-Based Learning Through a Maker’s Lens
The Piner-Olivet Union School District sponsored a summer Maker Camp for students in grades 2-6 recently. Filmmaker Robyn Kopp produced this video.
- Casey Shea, Coordinator, Maker Education