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What's wrong with DIY/Maker Faire/hacking/tinkering for kids — and how we can make it better | Project Based Homeschooling

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 12:04 -- rprice

Are the adults doing all the teaching? Is peer-to-peer teaching happening? (Are kids teaching other kids?) Do kids have the opportunity to turn around and mentor someone else? Do they get to grow in their role from beginner to expert? Is all the learning happening unidirectionally, with kids absorbing what adults are teaching? Are skills being learned from a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds, or do all of the “experts” look alike? Are kids encouraged to create learning tools for other kids? Do adults have all the power positions?

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kids
education
mentoring
community

Niklas Roy: We be Cyborgs!

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 16:30 -- rprice

KIKK, Namur, Belgium / October 2013 in collaboration with Kati Hyyppä “A cyborg, short for ‘cybernetic organism’, is a being with both organic and artificial parts." KIKK invited Kati and me to give a workshop in Namur around the theme “Next Utopia”. We were free to make what we wanted, and decided that it would be cool to transform ourselves into cyborgs! The workshop space was also ideal for reaching the next level of human development: A Renaissance style, empty church full of divine iconography. Regarding the cyborg building materials, we decided to leave computers and electronics out.

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community
makers
fun
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Libraries evolving into technology and community centers - Orlando Sentinel

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 16:51 -- rprice

The next step in innovation is just around the corner, as the library prepares to open an ambitious technology-and-training center at the downtown branch. The technology center, opening in February, will include music, film and photography studios, editing bays, driving and flight simulators, even a fabrication lab with 3-D printers. Those 3-D printers are already in use for demonstration purposes. They are able to scan and replicate with amazing precision objects ranging from children's toys to cooking implements.

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library
Orlando
hackerspace
education
battideas

Elevate Orlando | Empowering the Next Generation of Urban Leaders

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 16:43 -- rprice

Elevate Orlando is a civic non profit dedicated to equipping and empowering underserved youth to graduate with a plan for the future. Elevate Orlando links the Orlando business community to under-served areas through education. This is accomplished through mentoring relationships and public school courses rooted in character education and leadership development.

mentoring
community
Orlando
urbanrethink
education

Spacehack

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:48 -- rprice

a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. The site launched in November 2008, partially influenced by the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, Sec. 408 Participatory Exploration that called to “facilitate participation by the public, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and international partners”.

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open_innovation
community
opensource
space
star_trek
battideas

Community | SITI Company

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:33 -- rprice

Unlike film and television, theater is unfinished until the audience completes the equation. When you enter the theater nothing is guaranteed; you do not really know what is going to happen. How you watch and what you are doing while you watch will have an impact on what is happening on the stage. The potential for a powerful communal experience in the act of coming together is a constant incentive to going to the theater. The audience teams up with one another to have an impact upon the stage and also learns from one another how to watch the play.

interactive
performance
Theatre
community
opensource
blogs
battideas

DrupalCon Coming to Portland in 2013; Will Co-Locate with Symfony Live and WebVisions

Sat, 12/08/2012 - 13:26 -- rprice

DrupalCon, Symfony Live and WebVisions will co-locate their May 2013 conference in Portland, Oregon

attendees can buy a pass to just one of three conferences or purchase a Combo Pass to get access to all three events, which will include admission to an exhibit hall and the attendee lunches. Tickets for Symfony Live and WebVisions will be available this month, and DrupalCon Portland will will go on sale January 2013.

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php
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symfony
portland
drupalcon
drupaleasypodcast

DrupalCon Coming to Portland in 2013; Will Co-Locate with Symfony Live and WebVisions

Sat, 12/08/2012 - 13:26 -- rprice

DrupalCon, Symfony Live and WebVisions will co-locate their May 2013 conference in Portland, Oregon

attendees can buy a pass to just one of three conferences or purchase a Combo Pass to get access to all three events, which will include admission to an exhibit hall and the attendee lunches. Tickets for Symfony Live and WebVisions will be available this month, and DrupalCon Portland will will go on sale January 2013.

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php
conference
symfony
portland
drupalcon
drupaleasypodcast

Coding Horror: The Future of Markdown

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 12:39 -- rprice

I propose that Stack Exchange, GitHub, Meteor, Reddit, and any other company with lots of traffic and a strategic investment in Markdown, all work together to come up with an official Markdown specification, and standard test suites to validate Markdown implementations. We've all been working at cross purposes for too long, accidentally fragmenting Markdown while popularizing it.

drupaleasypodcast
communitybook
community
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