What is the Maker Movement?

Prior to taking CEP 811: Adapting Innovative Technology to Education, my understanding of Maker Movement was limited to a few social media posts from Master of Arts in Education Technology staff and students, along with the few makerspaces I had heard about in libraries and various school districts and classrooms.

Other than those limited vantage points I was clueless to the ins and outs of what Maker Movement actually entailed. I’ve had a few conversations with two teachers in my building who are in the same master’s program I am, Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum with a certificate in Education Technology. Other than those two, the Maker Movement is a foreign concept to colleagues in my building.

Sure, they may have heard about it like me, but at a recent #517EdTech meeting, we had an opportunity to discuss what the Ingham ISD could provide school districts in terms of education technology, specifically with the Maker Movement. The educators at my table were from other districts and said they needed nothing else because they already had ample Maker materials. My district, to the best of my knowledge, has a robotics room.

In order to inform colleagues, both in my district and beyond, with an overview of Maker Movement, I have created an infographic to provide an overview. To check it out, click on the picture below!

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Prior to creating the infographic with Piktochart, I viewed the video below on keys to a great infographic. Both the video and Piktochart can provide someone who regularly presents a new way to communicate information in an effective and engaging way.

Halverson, E.R. & Sheridan, K. (2014). The maker movement in education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495-504, 563, 565

LinkedIn Learning Solutions. (2013, March 20). Illustrator tutorial: the five keys to a great infographic | lynda.com. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UQwEEoqLrk

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