September 12, 2016 Takeaways from the First Run of Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom
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AbD Co-Director Edward Clapp shares some of the big takeaways from the first run of Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom, the online course that introduces participants to the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning.

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June 20, 2016 New AbD Online Course: Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom
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The Agency by Design team is excited to announce the launch of its online course, Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom.

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March 19, 2015 Exploring Environments for Maker-Centered Learning at SXSWedu
Differently roles formed organically as participant groups addressed the task at hand.
Differently roles formed organically as participant groups addressed the task at hand.

AbD researcher Edward Clapp shares his experiences presenting a maker-centered learning workshop session with Jessica Ross at #SXSWedu.

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February 2, 2015 Reconsidering Failure in Maker-Centered Learning
Like Instructables and DIY.org, the website Build in Progress offers step-by-step instructions for a variety of maker projects, but different from Instructables and DIY.org, Build in Progress also shows all the failed attempts makers make along the way. Here, a contributor to the site shows how using electrical tape to connect a power supply for a touchless trashcan project was potentially dangerous—and ultimately didn't work.
Like Instructables and DIY.org, the website Build in Progress offers step-by-step instructions for a variety of maker projects, but different from Instructables and DIY.org, Build in Progress also shows all the failed attempts makers make along the way. Here, a contributor to the site shows how using electrical tape to connect a power supply for a touchless trashcan project was potentially dangerous—and ultimately didn't work.

Agency by Design researcher Edward Clapp questions the use of the word failure in maker-centered learning, especially as making activities begin to find their way into schools where “failing” has serious consequences.

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December 21, 2014 Introducing the AbDLC
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On November 15, 2014, the Agency by Design research project initiated a national learning community of 30+ maker and design educators. In this post, AbD research Edward Clapp introduces the Agency by Design Learning Community—the AbDLC!

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