Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Maker Movement and Learning Spaces (Week 14)

In class: View the video 'If students designed schools' and discuss the merits and pitfalls of these learning model presented in the video.

Today was pretty much a hands on session where we had 3 hours to rotate through stations to upskill in Maker Culture, 3D Modelling and Innovative learning spaces. The requirement today was to do a minimum of 3 stations. 

Digital & Collaborative Learning (DCL) - Maker Movement
"There is a lot of interest in learning through making, focused on the social construction of artefacts. While this might appear to echo earlier formal apprenticeship models of learning, it is good to know that the emerging ‘maker culture’ especially emphasises  informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfilment."

During the Station work / In-Class flipping choose at least one of the Digital and Collaborative learning related stations (2, 4 and 6)
2. Discuss & Meme Goal: Understand what innovative learning spaces are
4. Design & 3D Model: Rehearse a universal design and prototyping mindset
6.View & Video Goal: Plan your own future digital learning environments for the last 16  weeks.

Leadership in Digital & Collaborative Learning (LDC) - Learning Spaces
"Innovative classrooms reflect new ways of teaching and learning and they remove the focus from a teacher led environment to a space where teachers and learners collaborate.
These learning environments are much more creative, flexible and supportive of technology and are ideally designed to facilitate a more creative approach to content, and new ways to deliver the curriculum that encourages connections in content, encourages excitement and makes learning a transformational experience.
Our classrooms should support new ways of accomplishing the desired outcome that is more active and enables students to retain knowledge and expand on concepts beyond what is taught in the classroom.
Modern learning spaces should be bold and encourage risk taking and original thought through breaking rules around what a classroom should look like."
During the Station work / In-Class flipping choose at least one of the Leadership focused stations (1, 3 and 5)
1. Reflect & Sketchup Goal: Re-design your learner's learning environment with a future focus in mind
3. Analyse & Suggest Goal: Consider the environment as the third teacher, from a learner's point of view
5. Read & Feedback Goals: Witness maker culture and students as makerspace designers

Lab Workshop: (3D printing as a cross curricula teaching resource)
Photo by our local MindLab Director

Question to ponder: 3D Printer? Do I need that?... Hmm...

~ "Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning natural results." - John Dewey

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