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Week 4: What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits of this pedagogy to students?

on June 10, 2016

In order to discuss the pedagogy of a makerspace, we need understand what a makerpace is. “A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.” (7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces, 2013) Another explanation states that “a makerspace where kids and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low-tech materials.” (Stager, 2014) Agenvine and Weisgrau (2015) state that makerspaces are “about a learner-directed, hands-on approach to learning and knowing.”Looking at all of these definitions and explanations tell me that a makerspace is about students building things and learning through the process. To me, this fits well with the contructivitst pedagogy, where learning is student-centered and student-directed.

Makerspaces also help to turn classrooms into active-learning environments. “Maker classrooms are active classrooms. In active classrooms one will find engaged students, often working on multiple projects simultaneously, and teachers unafraid of relinquishing their authoritarian role. The best way to activate your classroom is for your classroom to make something.” (Davis, 2014) One of my goals in becoming more constructivist is that my classroom becomes a more active environment to get my students engaged and motivated in their learning.

References:

7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces. (2013, April). Retrieved June 9, 2016, from https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7095.pdf

Angevine, C., & Weisgrau, J. (2015, September 24). Situating Makerspaces in Schools – Hybrid Pedagogy. Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/situating-makerspaces-in-schools/

Davis, V. (2014, July 18). How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms. Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/maker-movement-moving-into-classrooms-vicki-davis

Stager, G. (2014). What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? Retrieved June 09, 2016, from http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3758336

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2 responses to “Week 4: What is the pedagogy behind a Maker Space? What are the benefits of this pedagogy to students?

  1. Daysha says:

    Thank you for a very clear description of a Maker Space classroom!

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  2. I loved your quote about “Maker classrooms are active classrooms.” And how those types of active projects lead to engaged students.

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