Krissy Venosdale

June 25, 2015
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Open Source Teaching… Because We Are All Learners

I’m obsessed with the Maker Movement. It is the exact kind of learning I wanted as a kid. I believe it holds promise for truly changing education. It’s not that I’m inspired by all the stuff, it’s so much more. The people. I’m inspired by the open sharing that I […]
June 24, 2015
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Where IS Gifted Ed?

I grew up going to a gifted ed program in my elementary school. When I became a teacher, I ended up teaching that same program. It was ironic. Especially how much it had stayed the same. And when I say same, it was in the same room, same amount of […]
June 20, 2015

Give Them The Power

Every single day I see something awesome on Twitter, on a blog, or from a colleague that excites me about learning. We are surrounded by awesome.  Education is filled with a new energy that about sharing, creating, and learning.  I know, it’s not really “new,” but it’s new to me. […]
June 10, 2015

That Time I Googled Laser Cutter

I can still remember the satisfaction of printing a card on a dot-matrix when I was 10.  And now?  We can design, create, and laser cut. Acrylic, wood, metal. Cut the pieces, assemble your art.  I had an idea for a hanging lamp and I wanted to see what I […]
June 9, 2015

The Magic of Connections

Another edcamp in the books. This one? It was magical. Pun intended, as it was #edcampmagic. Truly. My tenth edcamp. But you know what? All the rest were just as magical. St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, Jefferson City, Springfield, Houston, Central Louisiana. Across the midwest and through the south, with […]

sharing1I’m obsessed with the Maker Movement. It is the exact kind of learning I wanted as a kid. I believe it holds promise for truly changing education. It’s not that I’m inspired by all the stuff, it’s so much more. The people. I’m inspired by the open sharing that I see at MakerFaires. I love the sharing of open source software and the way people send their work out to the world so that others can put their own spin on it, make it better, and improve it. I love how people are giving their ideas to each other for the sole purpose of collaborating and improving the world.

I attended a workshop earlier this year and the presenter said, “Please take anything I’ve shared here – we have it all for free download on our website.” And you know what? That’s not the rarity in makered. It’s the norm. It’s the sharing of prototypes of ideas, of brainstorming that may or may not lead anywhere, of tested solutions that might just get even better with a few more heads involved.

What if there was a place, free from ads and selling, that teachers could collaborate on their ideas for using drones in the classroom, for using Legos in writing, for bringing literacy into the MakerSpace. A place where we shared coding ideas for kindergarteners, reviewed expensive equipment we’d bought for our schools, and even had inspiring successes that we’d found in our own schools. Google docs where people could share ideas, download and revamp for their students.

What if there was just one fee for joining… to pay it forward. A kind act for another teacher. Borrow, share, remix, reuse, retweet. For one reason: Because we are all better together.

It’s the kind of giving and sharing I learned on Twitter many years ago. I see it getting lost in the folds of change as self-publishing becomes a huge focus in education. I’m not saying that self-publishing is wrong. I’m sure there is a place for it. I only saying that there is only one way to fix this system… together. We’re going to have to do it together…and have some fun along the way.

So today I bought a new domain name, and tomorrow I’m going to begin building this place. I hope if I build it you will come. Because education needs you and what you have to share. And as the maker movement continues to evolve into classrooms and spaces in schools across America, we can all know that none of us are doing it along. We are all learners and it will be our sharing that will change the world.

June 25, 2015
believe_digital

Open Source Teaching… Because We Are All Learners

I’m obsessed with the Maker Movement. It is the exact kind of learning I wanted as a kid. I believe it holds promise for truly changing education. It’s not that I’m inspired by all the stuff, it’s so much more. The people. I’m inspired by the open sharing that I […]
June 24, 2015
poster

Where IS Gifted Ed?

I grew up going to a gifted ed program in my elementary school. When I became a teacher, I ended up teaching that same program. It was ironic. Especially how much it had stayed the same. And when I say same, it was in the same room, same amount of […]
June 20, 2015

Give Them The Power

Every single day I see something awesome on Twitter, on a blog, or from a colleague that excites me about learning. We are surrounded by awesome.  Education is filled with a new energy that about sharing, creating, and learning.  I know, it’s not really “new,” but it’s new to me. […]
June 10, 2015

That Time I Googled Laser Cutter

I can still remember the satisfaction of printing a card on a dot-matrix when I was 10.  And now?  We can design, create, and laser cut. Acrylic, wood, metal. Cut the pieces, assemble your art.  I had an idea for a hanging lamp and I wanted to see what I […]