The ‘Maker Movement’: It’s about ‘Making Up’ Your Own Mind
Is ‘making’ only about ‘making with electronics’ and ‘coding’? What is your underlying mission? I want to convince you that ‘making’ should focus on taking charge of, and building, your mind—your learning. Making objects and artifacts is a means to that end.
‘Making’ is at the heart of constructionism, tinkering and inquiry—or ‘tinkquiry’.
In this interactive keynote, we will explore how:
- we can build deeper learning as it relates to the:
- intrapersonal (metacognition, well-being and affect)
- interpersonal (how to collaborate effectively)
- issues of transfer to other domains and to practice
- building poems, art, music, mathematical solutions, etc. are all part of the ‘maker movement’
- we can use information & communications technologies across the curriculum and grades to make thinking visible
You will leave this session with a sharpened mindset and the strategies on how to leverage ‘making’ in your classroom for ‘deeper learning’ in your students.
Peter’s history and expertise in constructivism and constructionism are well-known. He was a pioneer in ‘making’ with the earliest Lego Robotics systems—Lego TC Logo and the Tasman and Terrapin Turtles during the early and mid-eighties. His research focus has always been on helping students to understand their own learning and the learning of others.