EduTECH Australia – Maker Movement Masterclass

I was fortunate to have attended EduTECH Australia 7-9 June. It was an exciting three day conference and I have come away with so many new ideas and stimulation for the school library. Key aspects introduce new hands-on activities with the Maker Movement, consider and act forward in regard to the changing nature of education and how school libraries are relevant, reflect on information literacy learning, and immerse more deeply into the school. This post focuses on the The Maker Movement.

The Maker Movement 

Presenters – Amber Chase @ChaseyA29  and Lisa O’Callaghan @kallicani from Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth NSW.

Their STEM Blog https://stematcalrossy.wordpress.com/

The day kicked off with creative activity – light up your name! It allowed me to fiddle with little bits, I admit I needed some assistance by helpful teachers but it did work in the end and I was proud to light up my name.

Background

The presentation focused on STEM and the Maker Movement – ideas to get Maker happening at your school and participate in Maker Culture. The Maker Movement is creative and promotes confidence in trying new things, it is a mindset that applies various skills, connects all disciplines, encourages innovation, is engaging, hands-on and fun. It aligns technology, arts and craft.

A segment of The Four Corners program Future Proof was previewed to put the Maker Movement in context of changes in school and work.

The masterclass promoted many areas to get ideas from but for big picture information it was advised to visit: NMC Horizon Reports for K-12 Education and Libraries  and the Royal Institute of Australia RiAus.

How to start

Best advice is to start small.

Think about your space and how you can set up, small mobile trolleys are useful to store items and can be used in different rooms. As it grows consideration of storage is vital.

Think about when you can offer Maker time, for example – before school and lunch; passes from teachers to use the space, structured timetabled lessons, special days or sessions.

Train a small number of teachers and students to create a Maker team of helpers, experts.

Three ways to plan

Once the concept of the Maker Movement was broken down into three categories I felt less overwhelmed, I plan to start small so no tech to low tech will be the smoothest path for the Library.

  1. High Tech: MakeyMakey; Sphero; Cameo cutter; Bee Bots; Playosmo, 3D Printers
  2. Low tech: Scracth Jr on iPads; Doink app for Green Screen; green gloves and models, Makedo Cardboard Construction:
  3. No tech: glue, glue guns, use of recyclables, create and make, paper craft, play dough, Lego and Lego connects; Goldie bloxs; LEGO marble run with pool noodles cut in half for the balls to run down, Renovated Learning for inspiration

It was a full day and offered so many opportunities to play, create and observe.

For more ideas:

There are many places for inspiration but a few to start with:            

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Movement videos and ideas: http://sylviashow.com/episodes

Tinkering Child Blog http://tinkeringchild.com/

Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create and Learn by Graves

Maker Movement picture books and activity ideas – so much via Pinterest

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