Making to me means giving students the creative freedom to demonstrate their knowledge. The most essential part is that these maker projects are personalized, meaning students will be more willing to learn and work through obstacles to reach their final goal.
The maker movement has shown me that I can have meaningful learning experiences in logical subjects while also feeling fulfilled in my creative side. To me, making means bridging the gap between different types of people to foster a new community of learning.
Many typical public school classrooms tend to follow a curriculum that lacks hands-on aspect to learning. Making in education is combating that style of teaching by providing students with the ability to learn by doing.
Making to me means the ability to make physical touch-and-feel versions of anything I can imagine or visualize. It gives incredible power and freedom to make anything without being limited by what is already available commercially.
Making means bringing your imagination to life. We tend to underestimate ourselves and what we can accomplish, but if we put together our minds and are willing to learn new skills, we can go from being novices to experts.
Making is the opportunity to share what is important to you. It gives people the opportunity to showcase their interests and abilities in a community of like-minded people. Making is an outlet for students to show their skills that otherwise might not be recognized within the classroom.
Making provides students the opportunity to learn in a meaningful way. I frequently hear students ask these questions: "Why are we doing this?", "How am I going to use this?", "Am I doing this right?". Maker Education provides those answers for students.
Making means innovation. People can try new things while they are making something and in the process they could improve on a preexisting invention, or create something new altogether. There is also no right or wrong in this process so there is the freedom to try anything.
Making is a way for students to discover things for themselves or see how something works by a physical model rather than through a verbal lecture. It is what I think leads students to visualize the most important things about each objective learned.
Amy Gross (Curriculum and Instruction) - Fall 2017Making is a way to bring knowledge to life, engage students, and create meaningful experiences. Making represents creativity in teaching and learning and it creates a novel experience that forces students to be present and active in class. Making can create pride in one's work with the potential to have a tangible product that students can walk away with.
Hands-on experience and a full understanding of the manufacturing process are important for innovators to create a viable design. With that experience, the students can think and plan more broadly and acquire knowledge that is not in the books.
When I think about Making, the first word that comes to mind is creativity. I see Making as a way to step away from black and white and step into a world of color
Making is an educational tool used to engage students’ minds and imaginations. This hands-on approach will let students push the boundaries of their imaginations and knowledge. Making breaks through the barrier between the classroom and the real world.
Making is the freedom to create or design something however you want to. The choice to make something through specific instructions or your own experiences and intuition is completely yours to decide.
I firmly believe that making should be a priority. I have seen firsthand the effects that making has on students - they become more excited about learning, learn from each other, and retain what they have learned.
Making is practicing and building upon your knowledge by taking your curiosity a step further and reinforcing it into something tangible. Making is what humans can do best, and that is the legacy we leave behind.
The purpose of integrating Making into the classroom is to show students, who might otherwise not have access to Making, that STEM is exciting and engaging. Maker education is amazing because it allows students to be creative and use all of their passions to solve problems.
Making means to me the ability to have students use their strengths to explore and discover that they can accomplish new things. Making means asking why and how things work and discovering different answers to these questions.
Hannah Spock (Biochemistry) - Spring 2017Making is a great cross-curricular tool which relies on many skills, depending on the project. My favorite aspect is the potential for creativity and artistic expression, followed closely by the need for incorporation of "shop" skills and technology.
Having put a lot of thought into my abilities as a teacher and my teaching philosophy, I believe that Making is critical to creating engaging lessons and ensuring material sticks with students over time.
Making and the DIY movement as a whole represents the ability for regular people with no official technical expertise to build and modify devices to suit their specific needs. It also connects them to a large and growing, yet personal and close-knit community of people just like them, from whom they can learn and grow.
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