Supporting Instructional Shifts with

Maker Centered Learning

Lucie deLaBruere

www.LearningwithLucie.com

ldelabruere@gmail.com

@techsavvygirl

For the past several years I’ve been helping teachers and students understand how Making can create powerful learning experiences for kids. To help me do this I adopted EMMA whose traveled to lots of Vermont schools. And most recently the Tarrant Institute has asked EMMA to help middle schools take a closer look at how Making and support middle aged students. Some of you know that a few years ago I gave up my apartment and moved into this 1983 bus with my husband and for 6 months we travel around the country looking for some of the most creative spaces and convergences and bring back what we learn to help Vermont schools.

Something in this title - caught your interest…

Perhaps it’s because you’re a maker!

How many of you are makers?

How many of you currently work in a school where there is some type of makerspace or some type of maker experience happening for kids or faculty.

How many of you are here because you think you might like to have a makerspace or maker experience available at your school?

How many are here because you’re skeptical… about this maker stuff?

After all the last thing we need in education is one MORE SHiFT to add the the INSTRUCTIONAL SHIFTS we are being asked to make in Vermont Schools!

And it’s not that these SHIFTS are NOT GOOD for KIDS! - It’s just that where do you put one more!

But wait… what if this making was NOT an additional instructional shifts…and instead of adding to the list of shifts you are expected to make.. It added to the TOOLS you could use to make the shifts we are currently trying very hard to make in education!

In this very short session… I will NOT be giving you a list of tools or supplies you need to put in your school makerspace? I won’t try to convince you that you need a 3D printers or Vinyl Cutter, or a laser cutter. You’re not going to walk out of here with a recipe for adding a makerspace to your school.

But what I hope you will leave with is a glimpse at how some schools, teachers, and students are leveraging the maker movement to support some of instructional shifts we are being asked to make in our schools. And that the first question anyone should ask if they are trying to set up a makerspace is WHY? Because Makerspaces come with lots of tools… Makerspaces can looks many different ways… and you won’t know what Making in your school should look like unless you know your WHY?

And your why should lead you down a very different pathways than His Why? Or Her WHY?

Let’s

Go On

A

Virtual

Fieldtrip

One problem with this is “HOW do I KNOW my WHY” if I don’t know what’s possible? So today I’m going to try to take you on a virtual field trip using an imaginary ‘tool’ --my teleport machine

Even though real teleporting is not an option, I’m going to ask you pretend it is for a minute so I can take you to one of the best field trip you’ll ever take! I’m about to take you to the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth…

Actually I’m not going to teleport you to the New York or San Fransisco to the Mother Maker Faires - but instead we’ll going to stay in Vermont and visit the Champlain Valley Mini Maker Faire.

What you are going to want to do is talk to every young maker you find here sharing their maker projects!

In our time travel we’re going to stop by the PITCH Tent where a dozen or so adults have just finished PITCHING their product or idea in the ADOPT A MAKER contest.. Spoiler Alert here … we’ about to see the 2015 winner give his pitch …

Making allows students to SHIFT where and how they learn.
Making counts towards Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements.

Students are shifting where and how they learn

But before we do… I’d like you to think about how fortunate we are to live learn and teach in a time and state where Noah’s experience can count towards his graduation requirements.

Louisa

Ulrich Verderber

Presents

Domestic

Wind

Generator

Design

This time we’re going to stop and talk to an amazing young lady from Fairfield Vermont Louisa Ulrich Verderber who won a $5000 prize for presenting her design: a new type of domestic wind generator called the “Wind Wing”

Although I was much impressed by Louisa’s maker project that and the concept of bio-mimicry that she included in her design…

I was also impressed by the story Louisa told of how her schools

Made Space for Her interest and way of learning.

Louisa talks fondly of the maker culture at Fairfield school and how students are supported in pursuing personal learning goals.

And although some might not call the sugarhouse at Fairfield school a traditional makerspace… I can’t thinking of a more authentic maker experience than MAKING Maple Syrup!

BFA -St. Albans

Makes

Space for

Louisa’s

Personal

Learning

Plan

Louisa’s

Blog Pos

t

When Louisa got to high school she knew she needed to continue to learn the way she was learning at Fairfield, and she took it upon herself to advocate for herself and described her NEEDS and learning style to the principal at BFA St. Albans and they made sure that she had a time each day for personalized learning that met her need to create and make. Now that’s what I call

MAKING SPACE for shifting the student experience towards personalized learning

As a matter of fact, Louisa was invited to be part of Governor Shumlin’s signing of the bill that mandated Personalized Learning to Vermont students

http://www.artofnoticing.com/blog/2015/9/2/ax8f7oke9rt9rcelegu45h4rfja77p?rq=shumlin

St. Albans City

School Maker Lab

Makerspaces can

Shift Who

Gets to Learn

Maker Centered Learning Shifts WHO Gets to Learn

Although I’m quite impressed with Noah and Louisa - as I’m sure you are and with their schools for honoring their making and their need to make. There is something in me that knows that the Noah’s and Louisa’s of the world were fortune enough to have parents who also supported their learning needs.

Let’s teleport into a school whose whose makerspace is really shifting who gets to Learn !

As you can see from this picture this is a pretty well equipped MakerLab

Vinyl cutter, Laser cutter, 3D printer

St. Albans is a school that is literally and figuratively ‘on the other side of the tracks”

Long before Act 77 was passed, St. Albans City School students were creating e-portfolios that told the story of learning for each student. Students as young as first grade reflect on artifacts of learning that they place in their eportfolio. The laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3D printer, Dremel tools provide students more choice in ways of learning.

Having more CHOICE not only motivates children to learn, it gives them new ways to understand challenging content.

This student is weeding some I voted stickers for a presentation she will be making at Vermont’s Tech Jam. We often talk about ‘authentic audience” in our instructional shifts - makerspace tools can give students the tools to create meaningful and beautiful work. And for kids who don’t have a lot of ‘models’ in their lives for high standards of work - we’re allowing them to create work they can be proud of in ways that colored markers could not do.

I’m a big fan of Ron Berger’s work from Expeditionary Learning - Ron believes every student deserves to be able to create beautiful work for real audiences!

EVERY chil


H.O.P.E. =

Hands On

Practical Education

Some of the most frequent visitors to the MakerSpace are a group of students struggling with traditional ways of learning math, science, and language arts. These students have been provided H.O.P.E. (Hands on Practical Education) as a way of learning. In the MakerSpace they create evidence of learning and reflect on which proficiencies they met as they created each artifact.

Mallet’s

Bay

School

Grade ⅚

Making is
Visible

Choice (video)

More Photos

They’ve even made space for learning in their schedule - by taking “little chunks of times that were at one time spread out during the week” and conslidating them into ONE large chunk of time that they call Genius Day -- note I didn’t say Genius HOUR! I said Genius Day - my favorite day to visit Aimee and Kates classroom is on Friday’s where depending on how effective the class was in working through their weekly agenda -- might be up to a whole day deeply immersed in the flow of Creating, Making, Inventing, Designing a very personal Genius Day project! And yes… there are some days when I’m scheduled to visit that I’ll get a text from Kate or Aimee… that warns me that “Genius Day” is going to be pretty short this week, maybe more like an hour… as they restructure, reshape, their schedule to meet a different learning need!

And there are other days like the day before their Open House when I got to mentor 10 kids for almost and extra “Genius” day (or two) as they worked on their exhibit for the Champlain Mini Maker Faire -- an audible Interactive Garden totally designed, coded, and wired by these amazing self directed 10 year olds!

Crossett

Brook

Library

Maker
Space

we are going to make our library makerspace stop in Waterbury Vermont at the Crossett Brook Library - where library media specialist Jennifer Hill has transformed and area that once served as the school’s computer lab into the the school’s MakerSpace.

Make

Movies

Let’s take a look around!

Blog Post by Jennifer

Blog Post from Jennifer: http://tiie.w3.uvm.edu/blog/the-story-of-makerspace/

I loved Jennifers MakerSpace

It really captured the spirit of making and invited a very diverse population to tinker, explore, create!

From computers equipped with Creation Software

To a Green Screen Movie making Studio

To LEGO’s and Crafting stations

To Tinkering stations where you can take apart or assemble, experiment, and invent
And every makerspace needs GEARS!... I’ve seen 3D printed gears, and laser cut gears! Jen’s makerspace doesn’t have a 3D printer or laser cutter.. But it has the most authentic GEARS challenge I’ve ever seen!
A bicycle with a chain that needs untangling!

I feel in love with the organic materials in this Maker Space - It’s obvious that Jenn understands the instructional shifts that a thoughtful approach to making can bring. She was definitely NOT one that asked for a recipe and shopping list! Every station feels like a carefully curated interactive museum - a bit like the famous Exploratarium in San Fransisco

http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/

Making to support Problem Based Science

Hillsboro
Elementary

We’re arriving at Hillsboro School

How many of you could feel the shift in that classroom?

Let’s see what you collected for evidence during our brief visit?

How many science and engineering practices?

How many math standards of practice did you see?

At Hillsboro school they have made space for making in their science curriculum - they have made shifts in their instructional practice that is based on how kids learn best!

In their case… they also have a space for making - called an Idea Lab that is really built to support the DESIGN THINKING process. It’s filled with whiteboards and materials that say THIS IS A PLACE for you to IDEATE.

How many of you could feel the shift in that classroom?

Let’s see what you collected for evidence during our brief visit?

How many science and engineering practices?

How many math standards of practice did you see?

At Hillsboro school they have made space for making in their science curriculum - they have made shifts in their instructional practice that is based on how kids learn best!

In their case… they also have a space for making - called an Idea Lab that is really built to support the DESIGN THINKING process. It’s filled with whiteboards and materials that say THIS IS A PLACE for you to IDEATE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWNcSY0_V6Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6va36Umnfo&t=46s

The shift they were going for was “design thinking” and its evidence in how they created their space for creating and making.

The Shift Needs to Start with YOU!

Create Make Learn Summer Institute

Lucie deLaBruere

www.LearningwithLucie.com

ldelabruere@gmail.com

@techsavvygirl

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