Books & Articles

Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play -

In kindergartens these days, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively -- and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.

NOTE: Jay Silver, CEO of Makey Makey, was a doctoral student of Mitch Resnick's.

Invent to Learn - This is a must read book for all educators interested in teaching Invention Literacy, Design Thinking, and Making in the classroom or in afterschool. The authors are supporters of the Makey Makey. This website is filled with great resources for educators.

Big Book of Makerspace Projects - Colleen Graves is a "Makey Makey Jedi" and a school librarian obsessed with making stuff. Colleen has written an easy-to-follow guide full of hands-on, low-cost makerspace projects that will inspire inventors and makers of all ages. Features practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers.

20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius - Written by Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves. 20 fun and inventive Makey Makey projects for Makers from beginner to expert. This hands-on guide is filled with DIY projects that show readers, step-by-step, how to start creating and making cool inventions with the Makey Makey invention kit. Each project features easy-to-follow, fully-illustrated instructions and detailed photographs of the finished gadget. Readers will see how to apply these skills and start building their own Makey Makey projects.

A Whole New Mind - Best selling book by Daniel H. Pink who says the future of global business belongs to the right-brainers.

The Art of Tinkering - Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology.

Stop Stealing Dreams - The economy has changed, probably forever. School hasn't. School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it's not a goal we need to achieve any longer. In this 30,000 word manifesto, best selling author Seth Godin imagines a different set of goals in hopes of starting a discussion about how we can reach them. Free downloadable PDF e-book.

MAKE Magazine - The magazine and website of the Maker Movement.

Creative Confidence - Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.