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!