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Making Learning Fun
Gregg Behr,
Heather B. Weiss

Photo of an activity at MAKESHOP

When families wander into MAKESHOP, they are greeted with an inviting array of electronic tools, circuitry, sewing needles, and saws. Educators at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh makerspace help visitors develop a project that family members can complete together. The idea is to build something physical while building knowledge and relationships at the same time – all while having fun together.

In traditional schooling models, families have participated mostly at the margins, helping with homework or chaperoning field trips. Now, with the spread of anywhere, anytime learning, a school is just one setting where kids can learn. Connected learning posits that the best education begins with a child’s own interests. A range of institutions and mentors then help kids connect their passions to academic and professional opportunities. Continue reading on EdTech Digest...


Gregg Behr is the executive director of The Grable Foundation and co-chair of the Remake Learning Council.

Heather B. Weiss is the founder and director of Harvard Family Research Project.

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