Designing classroom ‘makerspaces’ to transform learning in schools

The Maker movement emphasizes products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating.

Learning in our schools is poised to be transformed by the Maker movement. This fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity and counteracts educational standards, testing and uniformity. Its emphasis is on products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating — and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, DIY style. Museums, libraries, community centers and after-school programs have designed physical and virtual “makerspaces” to host communities of supportive peers and mentors invested in creating everything from nail polish design and webpages to jewelry and robots . . . and now, even school curriculum.

 

 

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