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The Cure for Classroom Boredom: 'Maker Movement' Hits Schools

Teacher Aundrey Page, in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, describes the burgeoning Maker Movement in which aspiring inventors, tech pioneers, science geeks, math wizards and do-it-yourselfers gather and create stuff. The movement has spawned Maker groups across the country. Their unofficial motto? "Don't be bored -- Make something."

"Technology helps our students learn and innovate, but it isn’t a one-way street," Page said. "Students...have the potential to actually create the technology that will help future students."

To help connect more teachers and students with the opportunities and resources to create, Teach for America, Digital Harbor Foundation, Project Lead the Way, and STEMConnector are encouraging educators to pledge to be Maker Teachers.

By signing the Maker Teacher pledge, educators will be connected to a broader community of teacher innovators to share ideas, resources and opportunities. Tools such as the Innovation Portal, a free online platform, allow students to create and share design portfolios to help invent new solutions to problems ranging from silly to significant.

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