What is a maker, anyway? Makers (a noun) and making (old verb, new meaning) are words applied to a popular movement being embraced by public museums, libraries and, now, the classroom. We all make things. We have our students make things. But being a maker means moving beyond the step-by-step process where outcomes are predictable. Instead, makers approach problems with an open mind and creative outlook that result in innovative solutions. So a maker is a THINKER, a DESIGNER, an INVENTOR.
Want to shift your projects up the SAMR scale? Classroom projects that engage students as "makers" ask open-ended questions and applaud a student's attempts (and sometimes failures) as learning experiences. What a student produces/designs/invents is unique from other examples in the classroom, fostered by the student's ideas and creativity.
Today's school libraries may be shifting to school-wide maker-spaces, but the most important shift occurs in the mindset of the classroom educator and the school-wide community. As learners become a community of makers, they move beyond "looking up answers" to designing solutions and contributing new ideas to our collective understanding.
“I think a lot of people view a library as ‘a place you go to borrow a book’, rather than somewhere that provides a portal into re-experience. Yet a really important function of libraries in this era is to reinterpret the great resource of knowledge that they contain, in a way that strips away the fusty connotation of what a library is and lets people peer into the wealth of possibility that lies there for anyone to access.” ~Peter Miller, musician and remix artist
Principles of Maker Education
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Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Popular Science in the United States by Rebecca Onion READ THIS REVIEW
The Maker Manifesto by Mark Hatch (sample chapter)
Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Maker Spaces (Stanford U) eBook
How to Build Your Maker Space (EdSurge)
Making Matters! How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager
Project-Based Learning Through a Maker’s Lens (Edutopia, July 9, 2014)
7 Things You Should Know about Maker Spaces (Educause)
Why the Maker Movement is Important to America's Future (Time Magazine, May 19, 2014)
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