The Guide to Maker Education

The maker movement is not new. Learning by doing, or making, is a time-worn skill. Think about the « guess and check » method of your middle school math classes — you try, fail, re-evaluate your work and try again, repeating the process until you come to an answer that makes sense. This iterative process is the core of the maker movement, which Vicki Davis, edtech teacher and author, describes as « a unique combination of artistry, circuitry and old-fashioned craftsmanship. »

These values of artistry, circuitry and craftsmanship are becoming a permanent part of 21st-century learning skills in today’s classrooms. Known as « Maker Education » (or more commonly referred to as « maker ed »), teachers and leaders in education technology and innovation are integrating these processes into their classrooms. In makerspaces, as the classrooms are called, students are encouraged to combine ideas of science, technology, math, engineering and hands-on tinkering to build alternative solutions to existing problems.
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