Creativity and Innovation – MakerSpace
October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
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PART I: MakerSpace
For the next several weeks, we’re going to learn about creativity and innovation by turning our classroom into a MakerSpace. Let’s learn a bit more about Maker Spaces:
While you are watching the video, think about what is so significant about Maker spaces for learning and how or if the Makerspace model fits the goals of our class. We will discuss your ideas in the small group.
The idea of Maker Spaces aligns nicely with the NETS for Creativity and Innovation:
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.
Our goal for the next several weeks is to do as much of this as possible.
Today we’ll participate in a maker space that supports traditional creativity activities. Traditional and creative in the same sentence? That’s oxymoron!
Next week we’ll explore digital media through the development of stop animation videos.
PART II: Creativity Discussion
Creativity can be part of our everyday life, but we need to nurture it on a daily basis. Did you do anything creative since Wednesday?
What are the questions you had from the reading you wanted to bring to the class discussion? Let’s look at the wall.
We will have a group discussion with the questions on the wall. Your group can choose which question you want to address as a group.
First, talk among the group members about the topic. Next, make something to show your group’s answer. I brought some random stuff (literally, random stuff) for you to visually represent your group’s answers.
1. Read more about MakerSpaces. Click here to view the MakerSpace Playbook (pdf) Read Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 11 (they are really short, I promise).