This week for CEP811 I had to take everything I have learned about becoming a Maker and create an infographic. I am fortunate enough to teach in a school where we engage students in Project Based Learning (PBL) to help them uncover their understanding. Through the uncovering process my students like to build, make, and explore. The maker movement has close connections to PBL with lessons being more student-centered and driven. My learning and understanding of the maker movement has deepened after making connections to Dr. Punya Mishra and Dr. Mathew Koheler’s TPACK theory of how content, pedagogy, and technology can intersect during effective technology integration within teaching. While creating my maker movement infographic I remembered all the things I have learned throughout the CEP811 course. In the course I had the opportunity to play, explore, make, remake, investigate, and refine my understanding. These are the exact things that a maker space can embody for your students when implemented with your curriculum.
My infographic defines what a maker space is and outlines three different maker spaces that I was introduced to in Learning in the Making: a comparative case-study of three maker spaces. This case study describes three different maker spaces with different levels of involvement by the makers. My infographic will also help educators create their own maker space in their classroom. I have included links to maker space community groups, maker lessons, and materials used in maker spaces. What I learned most from these maker spaces is that the most important aspect of a maker space is the people involved. When you get people invested in the process of making, collaborating, and sharing, learning will take place. “Learning in each of these spaces is deeply embedded in the experience of making. These spaces value the process involved in making – in tinkering, in figuring things out, in playing with materials and tools” (Sheridan et al., 2014, p. 528). Below you will find my infographic. I hope you can find ways to implement a maker space in your own classroom!
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Sheridan, K. Halverson, E.R., Litts, B.K., Brahms, L, Jacobs-Priebe, L., & Owens, T. (2014) Learning in the making: A comparative case-study of three maker spaces. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 505-565.