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A brief introduction to instructables.com, a how-to website, and its applications for educators. A Technology Tool presentation.

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Instructables

  1. 1. Instructables.com<br />A Brief Guide<br />
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  3. 3. What is it?<br />Instructables.com is a massively creative website that allows users to post instructions and ideas for everything from making costumes to baking cakes to modding your laptop. <br />
  4. 4. Pros?<br />If you can dream it, there’s probably an instructable that shows you how to build it, bake it, or buy it.<br />Helpful lists created by other users bring together instructables of similar types for your convenience (i.e. kids crafts, cookie recipes, science fair projects)<br />A lively forum allows questions, answers, and ideas to be bandied about with great abandon<br />Instructions are free, and most (but definitely not all) of the projects can be made on the cheap (~$10 or less)<br />
  5. 5. Cons?<br />It’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for, sometimes<br />It’s very, very easy to get distracted by other instructables (you can browse for hours)<br />Some features (such as the ability to download instructables as a .pdf) are restricted to paid members only<br />
  6. 6. How Does It Work?<br />
  7. 7. How Can a Teacher Use It?<br />Instructables isn’t just for building lightsabers, applying zombie makeup, and baking cookies<br />You can find science fair projects, arts and crafts ideas, costume ideas for class plays<br />
  8. 8. http://www.instructables.com/id/Science_Fair_Projects/<br />
  9. 9. http://www.instructables.com/id/Genuine-chainmaille-from-pop-tabs/<br />
  10. 10. http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Stickers/<br />
  11. 11. http://www.instructables.com/id/Can-Art-A-Way-To-Recycle-Some-Tin-Cans/<br />
  12. 12. Resources<br />http://www.instructables.com<br />

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