The ‘Maker Movement’ in Schools

Are you familiar with the so-called ‘Maker Movement‘?

It’s a loose, global collection of people who solve problems — usually, as you may have guessed, by making things — and then share their process with others. There’s often a tech component, and there are definitely elements of engineering, electronics, robotics, and more.

Well, there also seems to be a growing Maker subculture that involves the world of education. People that are dissatisfied with the standardization of contemporary American curricula revel in the opportunity to present students with concrete problem-solving opportunities that involve hands-on activities. There’s value, they say, in giving kids a chance to take things apart and learn how those things work.

Middle school teacher (and Big Brain Club contributor) Celine Perea recently shared this article, from the Center for Digital Education, about the Maker Movement and its growing place in education.

Below are a few quotes from the article that practically jumped off the page at us. Read the piece in its entirety, then let us know what you think about the Maker Movement. Is there a need for this type of thing in our schools? And if so, is there a place for it in our schools? We want to hear from you.

From the article:

  • “It’s easy to blame the focus on tests, it’s easy to blame the focus on accountability and that sort of thing. But I think it’s something even more. I think we’ve kind of not been serious about keeping school viable for the modern world.”
  • “Over the last 15-20 years, we have really begun to immerse in this digital culture, and in doing the digital culture, we have forgotten some of that making that existed at that point, or we’re not naming it as making.”
  • “What we’re trying to do is to make this work go viral so that there is no school and no classroom setting where kids would not have these kinds of opportunities, because we consider it to be very effective pedagogy for kids in this century, kids in the last century and for kids going on into the future.”

 

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