I created this slide on July 28, 2015 as part of a greater presentation about makerspaces to teachers and administrators who are considering putting a makerspace in their school.
It's been over 2 years now, and I've been wondering what I've learned after sharing with teachers, administrators, and even students about makerspaces.
Ideally, makerspaces are meant to live on the left. An open space where individuals young and old can come in and explore, create, and learn. You can learn together or alone. But, you are learning through creating a tangible product. Something that you are interested in making. When I first created this slide, I felt like the left may be a stretch for some educators to accept, which is why I attempted to to think about learning and the process as a whole.
At times in the learning process, we need step-by-step instructions to help us understand how something works. I relate it to when I'm trying to learn something by watching a YouTube video. Certain videos you think are going to be good, you watch them, they skip a step and I end up frustrated, which usually leaves me determined to find another video that will tell me the missing information. This is a natural occurrence and almost like a path of fact-checking my sources. Okay, so this video told me this, can I find another video that will tell me the same thing? Parts of learning is guided and that time is super important because it helps us to build up our prior knowledge.
The middle of the pack is what I determined was super important to help with administrator buy-in. "What you're going to allow your students to do what?" But I can relate it back to my curriculum! But, as I've thought about this more, sometimes it is important to give students a direction. Not every student is comfortable with free making. Giving them a purpose can help them build up their creative confidence in themselves. But even more, I think that it can help push your creativity by giving it constraints. Allowing yourself to rethink materials, give something a new purpose and really push into your imagination.
I've been wondering more and more about ways to redesign this slide. Maybe recreate it in a new way to reflect and include more of what I have learned from working with schools on makerspaces, I believe that there is more to come....