Emily Viscuso, Module Five Activity Four; August 8, 2018
The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.
THE MAKER MINDSET
Jean Piaget (1896-1980)
Piaget emphasized the importance of learning by doing. He claimed that children learned new information in stages-- first via an introduction to the concept, then through experimentation.
Seymour Papert (1928-2016)
As a student of Piaget, Papert supported Piaget's theory of Constructivism. Adding to this theory in his later years, Papert recognized the first two steps of learning as Piaget did but felt the final stage of sharing one's newfound knowledge was equally important.
An educational theory that new concepts are built as the results of the combination of previous knowledge, personal experiences, and practical application.
Our Makerspace will provide the opportunity for our students to tinker with the following areas:
"Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models, and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions." ISTE 5b
TOOLS AND MATERIAL
"Students develop, test and refine prototypes as a part of a cyclical design process." ISTE 4c
"Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputaiton and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world." ISTE 2a
COMMUNICATION OF IDEAS
"Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals." ISTE 6
Roles in the Makerspace
How can teachers and students work together to get the most out of this space?
Utilizing a variety of tools and materials when appropriate
Actively listening to instructions and peer presentations
Mutual peer assistance
Asking and answering questions posed by/to peers
Supervising students to ensure they are maintaining a safe environment
Formative assessment through observation
Trouble-shooting with students
Assisting students when necessary and being vocal and transparent with students
How can we make this happen? What do we still need?
Devote a space in the school and staff to supervise.
Align projects with the school's mission and grade-level curriculum.
Gather tools and materials for such projects.
TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS
What are problems we still face? How can we adjust?
Parental and community involvement will be necessary for funding, donations, and volunteers.
When will students be able to work on their projects in this space?
Through the use of social media and community outreach, we will be able to increase awareness of this space and what is being achieved.
Part of the freedom of our Makerspace is that students will have access to it during school hours-- this means lunch, afterschool programs, etc.
Websites such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe are great resources that allows the public to donate however much they can directly to the source.
There are a plethora of Federal and Privatized grants available to educators for Makerspaces and STEM programs alike.
NSF STEM Grant
Part of our Social Media presence can include publicizing our Amazon Wishlist which is where we would gather materials we need that can be purchased from the website and sent directly to the school.
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