Manitoba Makers and Coders

Jun 14, 2017 by


An eBook highlighting Manitoba Makers and Coders !!!

Are you a Manitoba Maker-inspired teacher?

Want to share the good things you are doing and be an inspiration to others?

Consider sharing your work by contributing a chapter to an ebook of exemplary ideas from Manitoba schools. The purpose of this ebook is to share exemplars of Maker and coder thinking and how this makes a difference to our thinking and pedagogy. What has changed? We would like a ‘reflective’ section (or it can be infused) where you discuss ideas like:

“A new technology does not add something, it changes everything.”

(Neil Postman)

  • Which students benefit most from the Making or coding?

  • Who has benefited least?

  • Or – how do the benefits get distributed?

  • What has your classroom gained?

  • What has your classroom lost?

  • Does it change the power structure of the classroom (for the teacher and among students)?

  • How has your thinking about assessment changed?

  • Has ‘time’ changed in your classroom?

  • Has collaboration been altered?

  • Are any ‘new voices’ heard in your classroom?

  • Where are the relative values of the process and the product?

  • Do you talk with students about issues such as design, mineral sourcing, manufacturing, reuse and recycling? How does the conversation go?

You certainly shouldn’t discuss them all – just 2 or 3 possibly.

The proposed e-book will consist of sections related to one of several themes;

  • K-4, 5-8, 9-12

  • Coding K-8

  • Teaching computer science differently in high school

  • Getting Making out of the library.

  • Other things we haven’t thought about yet.


Due date: August 1, 2017 (note – this date is for the proposal only!)

Please send a short (500 word maximum) double spaced paper (please use WORD or a google doc) with a description of your proposed chapter.

Include the theme(s) that best describes your proposal.

Include your name, school, and grade level(s). Note: collaborative pieces are also accepted!

Submit your proposal via email to or

Or use this Google Form


Authors of successful proposals will then be asked to develop a chapter for inclusion in the e-book. As mentioned earlier, the chapter should include a reflective section that examines some of the ‘big ideas’ posed.

You are encouraged to include diagrams, photos, video, and links.

Ensure that copyright is followed and that the work is entirely your own.

This work will be published with a Creative Commons license.

In-text citations and reference lists should follow APA rules (we can help you with this!).

Use a 12 point Arial font and double space your submission.

Word count should not exceed 5000 words, but images, audio, and video can be included as well.

Any questions?

Contact either Rennie  (

Or  Mike (


Dr. Reynold Redekopp, University of Manitoba

Dr. Mike Nantais, Brandon University

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