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A very handy article to round out this week’s National Week of Making, from Concordia Univesity’s blog:

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If you’re ready to foster your students’ curiosity by creating a makerspace on a budget, we’ve got you covered!

Learning should remain authentically connected to the real world, and the Maker Movement exemplifies that while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Progressive New York City educator Angelo Patri said, “The substitution of direct experiences for indirect ones leads nowhere.” At Concordia University-Portland, one of our most popular online and on-campus programs is our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: STEAM, so we couldn’t agree more.

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