Visually representing the Maker Movement and expansion of Makerspaces is a great way to provide a snapshot the movement is having on 21st Century learning. I welcomed this week’s multimodal activity with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm, it offered the opportunity and challenge of conveying a message using only graphics, design elements, and limited text. The “live” infographic created using Venngage, can be viewed here.
I focused on the notion that we are essentially all “makers” and the impact that the Maker Movement and Makerspaces are having on learning for people of all ages. Making not only creates excitement in learning, it also improves learning. When learners become invested and engaged in “making”, excitement emerges and that’s when the greatest transformation happens.
Makerspaces are on the rise, “They can pop up anywhere, including in schools, libraries, and community centers” (Lou and Peek, 2016). Makerspaces as we know them now, have increased dramatically since 2006 and as Steve Davee (director of education for Maker Ed) reminds us, “…makerspaces in other forms have existed for a huge amount of time: We just called them woodshops, home-ec centers, model shops, and computer labs” (Lou and Peek, 2016).
Learning and excitement occurs in the making! Are you a Maker?
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