The current Horizon Report for K-12, collected, curated and written by members of the New Media Consortium (NMC) has recently been published online. I have referred to this annual report before, as it looks at various educational technologies and the possible time to adoption within schools.
Today, of interest, is the report about makerspaces contained within the “Important Development in Educational Technology for K-12 Education” section. Adoption for this addition to most schools is categorized as “one year or less.”
More interesting that the statistics about the adoption of makerspaces in schools is the more subtle change in language around the creation and use of a single space to the more general adoption of a “mindset.” Although, those who follow this blog would say that the report is “preaching to the choir,” I think this change in language is important to the development and sustainability of the makerspace movement.
“Building dedicated spaces for such activities can be perceived as secondary to the true spirit of this trend – integrating the maker mindset into the formal curriculum to spur real-world learning.” (p. 40, NMC/CoSN Horizon Report, 2017)
For pre-service teachers, researchers, and practicing teachers, this notion of developing a maker mindset within a classroom provides an over arching environment from which all learning can be done.
Creating an atmosphere filled with the 4 C’s: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity demands the inclusion of a maker mindset, not just a space, within the classroom.
Stay tuned for further reflections on this report.