Assessments, Project-Based Learning, Maker Movement


This week the class topics included:

  • Problem-based learning (PBL)
  • PBL practices
  • Maker movement
  • PBL/maker opportunities for your practice


What I learned this week…

  • Maker culture focuses on relaxed, networked, peer-led, fun and self-serving learning environments.
  • Maker culture encourages fresh uses of technologies, and the investigation of cross-roads between conventionally split genres ie… film making, computer programming and traditional art.
  • Group/community knowledge and sharing through networked technologies that include: websites, social media tools, hackspaces and knowledge repositories that provide a central channel for information exchange
  • Maker culture has provided educators an opportunity to address the concerns regarding disengagement from important topics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in traditional learning environments.

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use this by making these networked technologies, knowledge repositories, social media tools and etc… available  in my learning environment.


What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is two tier:

  • The advantage of this technology is that it serves to further engage the current more tech savvy learner through the peer-led, informal and fun learning environments.
  • For educators it provides the cross-roads between the tradition ways of teaching and learning and the new methods of teaching and learning with the many technology tools at our disposal.

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what the next version of the classroom will look like with all of the networking tools that currently exist.



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