Are you interested in Maker Ed, PBL and Makerspaces? Check out my FREE webinar on PBL and Making and continue the conversation. I discuss how to move from standards to projects to completed curriculum units.
The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects.
Making holds a number of opportunities and challenges for a teacher. Making, especially to educators and administrators unfamiliar with it, can seem to lack the academic rigor needed for a full-fledged place in an educational ecosystem. However, project-based learning has already created a framework for Making in the classroom. Let’s see how Making could work when placed inside a PBL curriculum unit.
In this session, educators will: explore “Making” and the variety of project-based learning opportunities it offers; examine a process to align project-based learning models to standards; and review the opportunities and changes which arise when engaging in hands-on, messy and completely exhilarating MakerEd project-based learning curriculums.
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