March 27, 2017 Just “Hacking Around”: Bringing New Meaning to a Storied Word
A page from author Jane Jessep's 1965 year book, featuring images of her and her friends "hacking around."
A page from author Jane Jessep's 1965 year book, featuring images of her and her friends "hacking around."

In this blog post, Agency by Design online course instructor Jane Jessep explores the storied meaning of the word “hack” by reflecting on her own experiences “hacking around” in the 1960s.

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November 28, 2016 Noise as a Maker Practice
Olivia Block playing a pile of wood at the Elastic Arts in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robert Loerzel. Image used with permission.)
Olivia Block playing a pile of wood at the Elastic Arts in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robert Loerzel. Image used with permission.)

Former Project Zero Artist in Residence Peter Woods describes the ways in which noise music may be understood as a form of maker practice.

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November 3, 2016 Introducing the 2016-2017 Agency by Design Oakland Fellowship
The 2016-2017 Agency by Design Oakland Fellows
The 2016-2017 Agency by Design Oakland Fellows

Brooke Toczylowski, Lead Coordinator and Coach for the Agency by Design Oakland Fellows, provides an overview of the educators who will be partnering with the Agency by Design project as they work together to develop documentation and assessment tools for the maker-centered classroom.

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October 17, 2016 Building a Maker Educator Learning Community in Pittsburgh
Members of the Pittsburgh Maker Educators Learning Community use the Chalk Talk thinking routine to discuss the three core AbD maker capacities.
Members of the Pittsburgh Maker Educators Learning Community use the Chalk Talk thinking routine to discuss the three core AbD maker capacities.

Guest Author Jeff Evancho, the Project Zero Programming Specialist at the Quaker Valley School District, describes the process of establishing the Pittsburgh Maker Educator Learning Community, including the community’s interest in developing documentation and assessment strategies for the maker-centered classroom.

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September 1, 2016 Launching a New Phase of Research for Agency by Design: Exploring Documentation and Assessment Strategies for the Maker-Centered Classroom
At a recent Agency by Design research team retreat, the AbD team began to dig into issues of documentation and assessment in the maker-centered classroom.
At a recent Agency by Design research team retreat, the AbD team began to dig into issues of documentation and assessment in the maker-centered classroom.

The Agency by Design team announces a new phase of research: exploring documentation and assessment strategies to support maker empowerment across all learning environments.

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