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Creating a Makerspace

Using littleBits technology to enhance a language arts unit
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Dereck Dirom

on 7 November 2015

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Transcript of Creating a Makerspace

My Journey in STEM/STEAM/Maker
How does it relate to STEM/STEAM?
Open Source
Electronic Modules
Background
Defining the Maker Movement
Engages the learner
Effective use of technology
Integration into core subjects
Creators v consumers of tech
Builds skills / confidence
Explicit career connections

Learning-through-doing (constructivism)
Informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment
Use technical skills / tools to fabricate
Engages natural curiosity - more alive and relevant, integrated, cross curricular
Just-in-time learning / learning on demand
Learning fast to innovate
Professional Development Workshop
November, 2015
Using littleBits technology to enhance the curriculum
Integration of STEAM
Pilot Project: The Plan & Process
This is what it looked like
The Process
Abbotsford Middle School
- Demo lesson with one class

Aboriginal Education Dept
- Specified cohort of kids

Clayburn Middle School
- Grade 6 cohort in science
Take existing curricular outcomes - Work SMARTER NOT HARDER!
Front end loaded the framework - "Design Process" and practiced
Showed the kids the littleBits kits / watched the introduction video
Introduced them to the story
Places them into engineering teams and assigned teams a part of the story
- each team member has coloured Post-it notes for brainstorming session
Engineering team worked on a solution - Iterative Design Process
Shared what they came up with to the whole group
What is a Makerspace?
What will we cover today?
Goals For Our Workshop
What is trending at the moment in #bced
The Back Story
BC Education Plan - Curricular Transformation
Spirals of Inquiry, PBL - Buck Institute
RTI, differentiation
Individualized learning
Destination Imagination and Smarter Science
STEM / STEAM / STREAM / STEMx
4C's for 21st Century Learning
Connecting to careers / life skills
Connecting - Maker Movement, BCEd Plan and the 4C's
Tinker time with the littleBits kits:)
littleBits Pilot Project example
Growing a #MakerEdBC spirit in #bced
@ddirom
#MakerEdBC
Legal Stuff:
Special thanks to the SD34 Curriculum and Ab Ed Departments for their help in developing the unit plan and the assessment process for the pilot project
https://www.flickr.com/photos/59926592@N03/sets/72157644701333665/
2005 Make Magazine first published
2011 makerspace.com created
MakerEd created to support educators
How can we grow a
#MakerEdBC Spirit in #bced

Share your thoughts:

#MakerEdBC

#wildaboutscience
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