#evilmakeybook and #makeymakey Giveaway!

20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius is out! It is in full glorious color and in it we share fun project ideas on how to integrate lots of maker tools for your physical computing whims. We hope you have fun taking our ideas further with the ultimate digital duct-tape – the MAKEY MAKEY! To celebrate, Aaron and I are going to giveaway not one, not two, but THREE signed copies of our books and some Makey Makey swag! 🙂

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To win the giveaway all you have to do is share this post and make a comment on this blog post about how you hope to take Makey Makey #beyondthebanana this school year. Our book is written with makers in mind, so you do not have to be a teacher or museum educator to qualify. Anyone can make cool stuff with Makey Makey! 🙂

3 Giveaway Prizes:

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(Sorry folks, US shipping only.)

Reminder of Entry Rules:

  1. Follow and share this blog. (Share anyway you want. Email, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  2. Comment on THIS post about your plans to Makey Makey #beyondthebanana for the upcoming school year (or maker year if you feel so inclined…..)
  3. Read the next blog so you can see if you’ve won and find out how to get your Makey Makey swag mailed to ya!

Giveaway ends July 31st at midnight. Winners will be randomly selected and announced via blog post on August 1st so make sure you follow the blog to see if you’ve won!

P.s. Here’s a free project idea from the book!

 

#ISTE 2017 – Tips and Tricks

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ISTE is just around the corner, and it’s in Texas this year! I loved Nicholas Provenzano’s post about ISTE tips, so I thought I’d share a few of my own.

  1. Bring a re-usable water bottle. Texas is HOT in the summer, ya’ll. Most conference centers have water inside, but if you bring your own bottle, you can refill it and take it with you on your walk back to the hotel.
  2. Make a plan. Pick sessions (and back up sessions) ahead of time. Be flexible about running to a different session at the last minute, but you really need to pick some “must attend” sessions before you even leave home. (See this helpful ISTElib guide if you are feeling a tad overwhelmed.)
  3. Visit the Playgrounds! The playground sessions are super fun and mostly not run by vendors. Play with gadgets and concepts and move on when you are ready. (Plan these too, they change up by time and by day! I missed the STEAMPUNK playground last year and I’m still sad about it.)
  4. Attend workshops. They might seem pricey, but most workshops come with free SWAG. (And if they don’t, you’ll still get your money’s worth in learning.) I’m pretty excited to help Jie Qi with this paper circuit workshop.
  5. Stay and play! If you attend a maker session and it is hands-on…. STAY AND MAKE STUFF! The best way to learn about maker education is to immerse yourself in it. I love attending hands on sessions and learning with my peers. In fact, I’m pretty stoked about attending a #computationaltinkering workshop with the infamous Tinkering Studio peeps and Mitch Resnick. (#makered #fangirling)
  6. Say hi to tweeps! If you see someone you follow on Twitter, don’t be afraid to say hello. It might seem weird, but it is actually fun to meet your tweeps face to face.
  7. Sign up for evening parties. Don’t go overboard, but sign up for fun parties/dinners/drinks/etc. (Like maybe this Maker Ed one on Monday night…. ) Networking is one of THE BEST things about ISTE.
  8. Eat tacos. Eat tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. REPEAT. In Texas we take our tacos seriously. And don’t ask for Tabasco sauce. Just. Don’t. (Salsa and Sriracha are acceptable Texas taco accoutrements.)
  9. Take breaks. Don’t overdo it. Take sit down breaks to catch up on social media, or just chill for a bit. ISTE is HUGE and there are so many people. It can seem really overwhelming. So ask a friend to go get an iced coffee and chill on the riverwalk for awhile.
  10. Visit the Alamo! Take an afternoon, go visit the Alamo, check out other cool San Antonio stuff (list one or list two), and save your river-walking for the evening when it’s not as hot outside.

Did I forget something? Post your own suggestions for surviving ISTE  (or attending sessions) in the comments.

See you in San Antonio!