An Introduction to the Maker Movement, Makerspaces & the Technology Curriculum

Presented by: John Pearce

Teacher PD Event Information: 6 Teacher PD Hours       

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The recently released National STEM School Education Strategy asks that school “…. support the development of skills in cross - disciplinary, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and digital technologies, which are essential in all 21st century occupations.” One of most powerful ways of meeting this need is via the Maker Movement and Makerspaces. In schools a Makerspace can be any space where students come together to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.

They are typically places where students and teachers learn together through direct experience with an assortment of high and low tech materials. The encouragement to embrace a “Maker Culture” is re - inforced with the release of the Digital Curriculum which elevates the place of makerspaces from fringe to mainstream practice.

These developments raise a number of critical questions including?

  • What does this a Makerspace look like?
  • Can I do this in my classroom or do we need a specialised space?
  • Do teachers need to learn new skills? If so what are they?
  • Do schools need to buy specialised equipment?
  • Aren’t Makerspaces all about 3D P rinting or coding?
  • Are there teaching approaches which best suit the development of a Maker Culture?
  • And the rest……

In this workshop John will provide an exploration of the rationale for developing a Maker Culture. A look at where Making and Makerspaces fit within the digital and other curriculum areas will be explored. The critical concepts and terminology underpinning the Maker Movement will be covered including a look at the place of Community, Creativity, Learning From Failure, Students as Teachers as well as developing Authentic Assessments.

Throughout the day participants will explore a range of practical hands - on activities which can be used to foster a Maker Culture in the classroom. Included will be a range of activities that don’t require computers as well as activities that can be integrated with other curriculum areas. Participants will also be given time to explore a range of resources, toys and suppliers which could be used in a school - based Makerspace.

It is expected that all participants in this workshop bring their own PC or Mac laptop, and have the authority to install software on it. They will also need to be able to access an open wireless network. Participants could also bring a tablet and/or smartphone in addition to the laptop.

Event Details:

  30th August, 2017
  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth St,

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  Target Audience - Suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers (Yrs 5-10) who are new to Makerspaces and who wish to learn more about them.
  $306.90 GST Incl.

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About the Presenter

Having spent more than thirty years teaching in primary schools John Pearce now runs his own education consultancy. For the past few years he has tutored pre-service education students at Deakin University.

Throughout his teaching career John has had an ongoing interest in the use of ICT across the curriculum. This interest was recognized with a number of local and national awards including most recently the inaugural DLTV Leader of the Year.

John has been a regular presenter at local, national and international conferences including a number of online sessions. His web based resources attract readers from all over the globe.

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