I read Aleta's blog and her ideas were fabulous. Her resource of http://makezine.com/ is so amazing! The music table looked so intriguing. It really made me excited to work with the arduino kit in the robotics class. At the heart of the maker movement is the ability to share and connect with others. Aleta said, "When video is added to the makerspace there is the potential to share projects between schools, which may even collaborate to share ideas. Further potential is that students may create across content areas. Makerspaces encourage students to own their projects." I think this is the heart of the makerspace. Ideas are shared and people build off of each other. Rather than reinventing the wheel new things are constantly being created. With the sharing aspect students are more motivated because they know others may see it or use it. It is worthwhile for the student because they see that what they are learning is useful.
Daysha talked about high and low tech options. I believe this is a main takeaway for me this week. Realizing there is no correct makerspace. No correct materials. No right way to do things. She said, “I noticed that Maker Space could be first graders using recyclable items to create bird feeders to high school students using 3D printers and designing video games. Some Maker Space is a portion of the day dedicated to creating in the classroom while other schools have a portion of the library with a teacher specifically hired for that position.” Makerspaces are versatile and can be used however and with whatever materials are available. The only thing stopping me is my classroom. I so need to reorganize so students can access materials that they might need for projects. I think a main concern would be talking with students about how to appropriately use materials and explaining about only taking what you need. This has always been a problem when I do projects.
I'm really excited to think about my next year teaching and where I could place materials. How could I make my classroom more student friendly? I think this will take a lot of time, and I am just hoping I get back to school in time to do what I want.