The Maker Movement is transforming learning in our schools. The Maker Movement, provides a flexible model for exploring how schools can better cultivate the interplay between student interests, peer culture, digital tools and academic success. It reimages schools as maker-centered environments with the assumption that everyone is a maker. The ultimate objective is that, with the right tools and connections, young people can develop the literacies to remake our world into a more democratic, equitable and humane place.
The Maker Movement, has embraced the research from Connected Learning focusing on how to optimize the passions associated with students’ informal learning ie the learning they experience outside of school with the formal learning they experience within school. In most research regarding effective pedagogy eg the Quality Teaching Framework, which identifies the dimension of “significance’ there is an emphasis on the importance of finding the intersections between young peoples’ interests and the mandated curriculum. Importantly students develop academic pursuits when classroom content connects to their passions.
Connected Learning was the basis of the Connected Learning Program in NSW which supported schools to connect students to real world experts from Galleries, Libraries and Museums via video conferencing and enable them to access and create high quality digital content.
Connected Classrooms can now be transformed into Maker Spaces where students actively make content, create products, invent processes, and propose new ideas. Students can be provided with places in the classroom and links to the community both off and online to engage with people who share their passions. They can have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions towards personally relevant issues, ideas, people and interests.
With Connected Learning and within Maker Spaces making, producing, experimenting, designing and building are present both physically and online, in and outside of the classroom .The resources for making should be distributed throughout the school, home and community settings. EdTech solutions can also provide ways for students to connect beyond the walls of the classroom and to engage with experts in the fields of their passions.
The Prowise Solution supports Connected Learning and the creation of Maker Spaces. When you add Coding ,Robotics and 3D Printing you are giving students the tools to be creators and to follow their passions.
To support young makers, teachers should:
- Regularly engage students in making, sharing, collaborating and reflecting eg Use Prowise Presenter to create lessons which can be accessed anywhere, anytime on any device.
- Give feedback often to help students remake and reiterate content-specific products, processes and knowledge. E.g. using Prowise Connect teachers can readily provide feedback on the fly.
- Encourage students to better the lives of their peers, school and community.
- Play multiple roles: engaged co-creator, mentor, problem-solver, activist or networker who brings the right people and tools together.
For more information on how we can assist you to create a Maker Space contact our Education Consultants.