What is the Maker Movement?

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What is it?

According to net.educause.edu, a makerspace is “a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build.” Makerspaces provides a community where people can make, share, explore, and learn.

Makerspace for Education

Educators can use tools such as Makerspace for Education as a collaborative, digital place for educators to explore and learn how to use makerspaces in their classrooms.

[Image by David Gauntlett]

“The maker movement is about teaching and learning that is focused on student centered inquiry. This is not the project done at the end of a unit of learning, but the actual vehicle and purpose of the learning.” [Makerspaces in Education]

The Maker Movement

As the maker movement gains momentum across the country, more products and ideas are emerging to increase the potential of makerspaces in the classroom.

“The combination of ingenious makers and innovative technologies such as the Arduino microcontroller and personal 3D printing are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology and education. ,” according to Maker Faire.

Check out these Symbaloo webmixes on Makerspace:
[Click on the image to add the webmix to your account]

Virtual Makerspace
Digital Makerspace
Makerspace Resources

If you’re interested in starting your own Makerspace in your classroom, check out The Darling Librarian’s tips on getting started HERE.

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