Too often the word on the street is “my school or class has new iPads but we don’t know what to do with them.” The best part about these devices is that they get the learning into the actual hands of students- make learning “hands-on.” That is NOT a new concept. Dewey, Montessori, David Kolb knew this long before the digital age- constructivism is one of the most effective ways to learn anything.
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country. The White House announced last week they would host their first Maker Faire this spring (follow the hashtag, #IMadeThis). We know great teachers and librarians are creating maker spaces for their students in traditional public high schools, like the Laura Fleming at New Milford High School. Getting Smart is sponsoring the Maker Space at the upcoming IntegratED Conference coming up in Portland, OR at the end of this month- definitely not something you’d have seen at a PD event for teachers and admin just a few years ago.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: gettingsmart.com