On March 3, 2016 I delivered a Makers Workshop for the teachers in ZIS. It was a great opportunity for teachers to have hands on experience in making.
Turning one of the classrooms into a Makerspace, allowed them to explore how teaching and learning take place in a Makerspace. One corner as a Makers’ Library, one corner for sewing, one corner for carpentry, another for tools and resources and two tables to be used as workspaces were set up.
First of all, I asked each teacher, the moment they entered the classroom a question: “Would you prefer the past or the future?”. This allowed me to divide them into two table groups. I started my presentation by going over what Maker Culture is and where the Maker Movement finds its place in the classroom. I followed this by reading a paragraph from the book ‘ Time Traveling with a Hamster‘. As you might have guessed, it is a children’s book about time travel. I asked the future and past teams to design a 3D interactive poster to promote time travel to the past or the future. Their posters were awesome! They had deep conversations around the tables viewing each groups’ final product. This not only gave the teachers the chance to make something but also sparked conversations around the value of making in education. The feedback I got from the teachers was great! They said it was a great opportunity for them and they learned a lot!
Do you think Maker Culture has a place in education? Let me know what you think:)