Invention Literacy (For Students)

Tomorrow begins the second year of our Invention Literacy Research project! For new blog readers, you can read about last year’s process in post one, post two, and post three and even find out more about crowdsourcing Invention Literacy at SXSWedu. The rest of this post is actually just videos and links that I’m going to share with students tomorrow as we embark on our Invention Literacy journey. A full write up of our updated process will be posted this summer.


Invention: “Is it always helpful?”

Make Something!

  • Make a kazoo using instructions from the #bigmakerbook.
  • Discuss aspects of good instructions.

Maker Journals

  • Create maker journals and define big ideas for project.
  • Make a blank head with five bubbles (in your journal) and record five big concepts you keep hearing as you watch these videos.

What is Invention Literacy ?

Repurposing Junk

Cool Tweets for Seeing How Stuff Works


Check out student prototypes from last year!

 (These are password protected, so if you are not an RHS student, you can’t view them!)

What kids are saying (password protected):


Advice from last year:

Explore Materials

For the rest of class, you will choose a material to explore. Remember that eventually you will be making your own version of an invention and writing instructions for Mrs. Feranda’s students to follow. (Your instructions will include photos or videos too!)

New Page! Upcoming Workshops

I’ve had quite a few requests via email wanting to attend some of my upcoming workshops, so I’ve created a new page: Upcoming Workshops. Now you can quickly see if I’ll be hosting a maker ed workshop in your area! Conversely, if you want to book a workshop, please visit my booking page.
I’m also really excited to announce that I can now offer the Texas area a Makey Makey Certified Educator Workshop. Let me know if you want to book this Invention Literacy Workshop for your service center! Each participant will go home with a Makey Makey!

Upcoming Workshops


  • June 6-9: Pinecrest Innovation Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    • Preconference Workshop with Josh Burker “Low Floor, High Ceiling Tools for Exploring Possibilities”
    • Keynote: Making and Literacy



  • July 6-7: The Grove/Mess Labs, Dallas, Texas (More info coming soon)
    • July 6: Scratch in the Classroom
    • July 7: Become a Makey Makey Certified Educator


  • July 20-21: Arkansas Association of School Librarians Summer Workshop
    • Keynote
    • Concurrent Sessions: Hacking Literacy with Making, Poetry Hacked by Maker Ed


  • August 18: Makerspace Training for Edinburg, Texas
    • Building a Maker Culture
    • Big Book of Makerspace Projects Workshop


  • Oct 19: ISLMA Illnois School Library Media Association
    • 2:00- 5:00: Hacking Literacy with Maker Ed Workshop
    • 7:00- 8:00: Keynote “Making and Literacy” sewing circuits (1)

Want to book your own workshop? Go to my booking/contact page!