Shaping Maker Thinking in CEP 811

This is my final post for my CEP 811 class for my Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology.  The past seven weeks flew by and I can’t believe I am writing my final post for this class.   I will admit that prior to this class I didn’t know much about Maker Education, Maker Spaces, and/or Making.  This class has shown me a whole different way of thinking and being creative that I never thought I’d honestly enjoy. I’ve heard of the Maker Faire that happens every year at the Henry Ford Museum but I’ve never gone.  I can’t wait to go next year!

This class forced me completely out of my comfort zone when it comes to thinking and being creative.  I don’t necessarily think that I’m someone who is necessarily “creative” or even “logic,” but I was thoroughly inspired to try.  I really enjoyed the Maker Kit that I used, Circuit Scribe, and I was introduced to new resources online like Google’s SketchUp program and different infographic tools.  My goal is to find a way to get my students into a computer lab so they can create infographics or posters to express some of the grammar concepts we have been going over this semester as a final exam review.

This upcoming Summer I’d like to collaborate with other educators (specifically language teachers) to create projects for my students that can revolve around making, so that when the Fall comes, I can incorporate more project-based learning AND Maker Education in my classroom.  I would love to look into getting some funding (through donorschoose.org) and so that I can have the supplies in my classroom that my students need to produce their work.

I have always been intrigued by computer science and coding (I took a class last year on C++ language), and CEP 811 inspired to get involved in the Hour of Code that has been conducted this week in conjunction with code.org. Next year, I’d like to find a way to get more classes at my school involved in the Hour of Code because I think it’s important for students to be exposed to computer science language so that they may find an interest in some of the STEM careers (or even just hobbies) that are available out there.

I decided to finalize my thoughts on what I’ve learned about Maker Education and how to incorporate Maker Education into the classroom by creating another infographic:

https://infograph.venngage.com/p/189232/maker-education-in-a-formal-classroom

Resources:

Deloitte Center for the Edge and Maker Media from the Maker Impact Summit (2013, December). Impact of the maker movement. Article retrieved from http://makermedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/impact-of-the-maker-movement.pdf

Good, Travis. (2013, January 28). What is making? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://makezine.com/2013/01/28/what-is-making/

 

Swaaley, Scott. (2014, September 19). Maker Movement Reinvents Education. Newsweek Article. Retrieved from http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/19/maker-movement-reinvents-education-268739.html

Thomas, A. (2012, September 7). Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through “Making”. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/stem-engagement-maker-movement-annmarie-thomas

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