9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers

Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn't just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects.

Maker Ed places a premium on the balance between exploration and execution. Small projects lend themselves to indef…


6 Ways to Get (and Keep) Students’ Attention

Whether you teach kindergartners or college kids, regaining control of a noisy or distracted classroom can be challenging. We asked our Teach100 Mentors how they capture students’ attention.

What is your favorite method, tool or strategy for getting your classroom’s attention?

  1. Use a special sound.
  2. “Chimes. It is a pleasant, attractive sound that is not aggressive.” – Mary Tedrow, Walking to School

    “I use a chime (Responsive Classroom) or a rhythmic clap. Both methods work best for me because they are auditory. The kids hear it and respond by putting their hands …


SXSWedu 2015: Key Themes and Takeaways attended this year’s SXSWedu conference (March 9-12, 2015) in Austin, Texas. Our goal? To shine a light on the conference’s teacher voice, an aspect of SXSWedu that past years have noted has been missing. While a lot of factors come into play as to why there are less teachers at the year’s “biggest education conference” — funding, time off from school, spring break schedules — what’s important to know is that the teacher voice at SXSWedu is alive and well.

From hip hop in the classroom, to professional development, to digital leadership, the sessions at this year’s SXSWedu highlighted the diversity of the education community. As noted in the con…


SXSWedu Teacher of the Day: Shawn Young, Classcraft

This week at SXSWedu, will be featuring one teacher per day who is bringing creativity and innovation into their classroom. Be sure to read more about our other Featured Teachers and learn how you can bring their practices in your classroom.

Founder & CEO, Classcraft, Quebec, Canada



SXSWedu: Keynote with’s Charles Best

Monday, March 9th was day one of the annual SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. At noon sharp, hundreds of educators, teacher leaders, administrators, entrepreneurs, tech folks, students and press sat in the Austin Convention Center eager to hear the opening keynote speech.

This year’s speaker was’s founder Charles Best (@CharlesBest) who kicked off SXSWedu by injecting inspiration and sending the education community an important reminder: Change is not only happening, but also can lead to revolutionary…

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