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Creating a Makerspace

Using littleBits technology to enhance a language arts unit

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
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
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
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
2005 Make Magazine first published
2011 makerspace.com created
MakerEd created to support educators
How can we grow a
#MakerEdBC Spirit in #bced

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