In trying to decide which approach to learning I should research, I’ve decided upon the maker movement, as I didn’t know much about it. So to get right to it, what is the maker movement?
According to http://www.edudemic.com/maker-movement-classroom/, “The maker movement is an extension of the DIY . . . movement inspired by the democratization of manufacturing practices and tools in the early to mid-2000’s.” Well, what does this mean? This means that those involved in this particular movement are taking production into their own hands, and out of the hands of larger corporations. This has especially been bolstered by the ever changing and ever evolving world of technology. Take the 3-D printer, for example. In utilizing the 3-D printer, individuals “are learning how to design and 3-D print . . .” virtually anything and everything. This ranges from toys to tables and chairs to other types of furniture. Awesome, right?
In terms of utilizing this movement in the classroom, what a typical classroom looks and sounds like, and what the students are typically doing, a classroom could be described as being divided up into workstations, and it is at these workstations that the students collaborate. Naturally there will be discussion among the students, as according to weareteachers.com, students “brainstorm, invent, design, and build – and then . . . fix mistakes, improve, test and improve again . . ..” In my opinion, if this kind of learning is going on, why would he/she not want to incorporate the maker movement into his/her classroom?
Therefore, the advantages are virtually endless. For the sake of brevity, however, according to weareteachers.com, “the Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing.” What students are doing are playing with 3-D printers, they’re computing, and they’re programming. With all this being said, however, I do not believe there are any real disadvantages. Therefore, the only problems I could possibly think of are time constraints in the classroom. However, that’s a good problem to have, in my opinion.
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This cool video is a great example on how to implement the maker movement into schools: