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Saturday Studio – Spring 2014

It is hard to believe I have facilitated Saturday Studio for over three  years now! This last round was short, but very productive.  It couldn’t have been done without great volunteers (pre-service teachers and graduate students), inquisitive children, and curious parents who come in to play and create each semester.  … Read the rest

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Flickr Blog

As I get organized for Saturday Studio, I came across this post by a young 14-year old photographer. He specializes in making these amazing visual stories by using his gift to imagine miniature worlds – and then making them come ‘alive’ —- His short interview is a glimpse inside the life of a boy raised by artists.… Read the rest

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Saturday Studio – Photography

If we can discover a child s urgent needs and powers, and if we can supply an environment of materials, appliances, and resources physical, social, and intellectual to direct their adequate operation, we shall not have to think about interest. It will take care of itself. Read the rest

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Living with makers: Makevention

Not long ago, Olivia learned all about e-textiles. She was so excited she started to imagine how she might use them at home. In a previous post we shared her friend “snakey” who had a boo-boo – she had designed a solution to fix  her snake’s boo-boo by sewing on some LEDs and making a night light.… Read the rest

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Saturday Studio – Coming Soon!

Saturday Studio is just around the corner!  I am very excited to work with the children and parents this semester explore new media.  In the past, they have embarked on making and remixing video games, stop motion, and mixing media to make creative digital artifacts.… Read the rest

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About Kate Shively

This year, I am working with the Elementary Certification’s Master Program – teaching and supervising pre-service teachers. The course I teach focuses on the importance of reflective teaching and learning, as well as, building professional portfolios. In addition, I will be teaching a course about the importance of visual-spatial teaching and learning – drawing on new media, digital arts, and the fine arts to explore how teachers can enhance learning across the curriculum.Read the rest

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Living with Makers: DIY.org

Today my girls discovered DIY.org!  Boy were they excited – both of them chose their avatar, their own password, and immediately started exploring the site.  Our youngest daughter decided to do a bubble experiment – making green water and blowing bubbles as big as she could with a straw and a bowl.… Read the rest

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Living with Makers

Over the past few years, I have been observing my household shift from a gaming environment to a making environment. We’ve always been a maker home, but for awhile, there was a heavy emphasis on gaming – video gaming, board games, making games.… Read the rest

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Crafting Lets Plays

I will be presenting at the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum in October, 2013 a paper that shares findings from a case study of one child making Lets Plays and tutorials for a game called, MinecraftThe purpose of the study was to explore how new media technologies make it possible for a child to explore personally meaningful questions through making a digital artifact. Read the rest

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Interest-Driven and Creativity Presentations

This year I will be presenting at American Education Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco, CA.

The following are the proposals that were accepted:

Shively, K. (ACCEPTED – 2013). Digital Design And Creative Explorations: An Interest-Driven,Informal Digital Learning Environment For Children.… Read the rest

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Make-to-Learn Symposium

March 13, Chicago, IL

This year I have been working with Indiana University’s Creativity Labs to bring researchers and practitioners together for a one day hands-on, research focused event.  Below is a brief description of the Make-to-Learn initiative as described on our website:

Make-to-Learn is an effort that leverages DIY culture, digital practices, and educational research to advocate for placing making, creating, and designing at the core of educational practice.Read the rest

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How to Make a MakerSpace

This weekend I flew out to Boston, MA to attend a three day panel and worshop event hosted at Artisan Asylum. I did not know exactly what to expect.  When I arrived, I was overwhelmed with feelings of awe and excitement.… Read the rest

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