Month: April 2017

The Drama of Making

At the beginning of this year, I was presented with an unexpected challenge.  I would be co-teaching and developing the curriculum for a maker class for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  This class includes many students diagnosed with learning disabilities who struggle in public school.  Speaking generally, many of these students are frustrated and… Read more »

Informal Maker Programs Make Deep Connections

Ten months ago, I left the familiarity of the formal classroom setting in pursuit of practices in constructionism, free of the tyranny of standardardized testing and a one size fits all curriculum.  While driving from coast to coast and back again, I visited some truly inspiring makerspaces. From the woods of New Hampshire, to the… Read more »

Primary MakerEd Unit Samples

Finding unit ideas in Maker Education for primary grades (ages 5-8) can be challenging. I often find myself coming across one exciting idea for a very specific lesson or project, but I have to find creative ways to better integrate it into a larger unit. I have started creating sample unit posters in hopes of… Read more »

Making Maker ED Universal Means Reaching Those that Have NOT Drank the Kool-Aid

When thinking about Maker Education, you might imagine scenes of highly engaged and independent learners, tinkering, wondering, and creating collaboratively. It might even be in a well-curated design learning space with prototyping buckets, bright colors, inspirational quotes, and an annex of digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutters, LED-lined computers). Also present, a learning facilitator… Read more »