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Climate Education: What Do The Stats Say?

Joe Brindle, a volunteer for the non-profit Teach The Future has a lot to say when it comes to the lack of climate education in schools. We’ve published a blog he wrote for Teach the Future, to share some key statistics we should all be aware of.Read More

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EdTech News – April 2021

During the last year, we’ve all found our own ways to adapt and this is also the case for how and where we learn. Some students have had the luxury of their own room, a desk, whereas others have had to share the kitchen table or sit on the bed. What’s the connection between student engagement and learning environments?Read More

Our Education System Isn’t Ready For The Climate Crisis

The pandemic has exposed the flaws in the current model of education, such that we can no longer choose to ignore them.Read More

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Employee Spotlight: Aine Carlin, Producer

In this month’s employee spotlight, we’re highlighting one of our many, talented producers Aine Carlin! Aine is one of the O.G. producers at Makematic. She’s been working at the company since it began in 2016 and has been involved in multiple projects. We caught up with her this month to talk about her role at Makematic!Read More

STEM Resources For Parents And Teachers

According to PEW research, employment in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. Despite this, there is a serious skills gap which is costing economies, like the UK, £1.5 billion a year. 

Research has shown that children from an early age often gender stereotype and make negative assumptions about jobs, especially those relating to STEM careers. It has also found that they make future career choices based on the influence of parents,  friends of parents, teachers, the TV, and the media. 

Getting children talking about STEM and STEM careers from a young age is a place to start. So too is providing children opportunities to do engaging and dynamic STEM activities, at home and in the classroom.

Here are three resources that you can use inside and outside the classroom to engage young people in STEM.

Crayola Create To Learn Family Projects and CreatED

Create To Learn Family Packs

38 fun and creative ‘at home’ activities to enhance key literacy, numeracy and STEM skills aimed at ages 3 – 12.

Art-Infused Education

20 project starters and explainer videos for educators to help them bring creativity into every classroom.


Kano Creative Coding In Every Classroom

34 live-action videos to help teachers and young people crack the art of creative coding.


Makerversity

13 presenter-led videos for educators that demystify the process of 3D printing in the classroom and some hands-on activities to try out in class.


We're Looking for an Instructional Designer

It’s hiring time at MakeMatic and we’re looking for an Instructional Designer to join the team.
Our goal is to help teachers learn new skills – specifically technology – using short 2-3min videos. We develop those videos by working with smart people from tech, education, academia and the cultural sector and distilling their big ideas into bitesized chunks.
Our Instructional Designers are at the very heart of that process. They help us figure out what topics to cover, they collaborate with content partners to identify learning outcomes and then work to ensure that the finished content meets those learning outcomes.
The successful candidate will more than likely have a background in education (teacher, academic, lecturer) or educational media. They’ll definitely have an interest in tech. And probably most importantly, they’ll be looking for a new challenge with a fast growing media startup.
There’s no specific closing date for applications but if this sounds like the kind of challenge you’d be right for, please do get in touch!

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