Maker Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds (2017) is one of a few new “maker” resources here at the Doucette. Making is becoming a hot ticket item in the education field with many publishers and manufacturers jumping on the making wagon.
Having read some of the literature beginning in late 2014, there seems to be a definite change in tone and content in this later literature. Looking back at the Maker Movement Manifesto from 2013, it really was all about the gadgets: 3D printer, soldering, circuits, copper wiring. It was about setting up a place in which to make with tools that were purchased, usually beyond the budget of the average school.
There is new hope for those educators who wish to make in their classrooms. Maker Centered Learning dwells on the benefits of having students make with whatever you have and where ever you are. Instead of embracing the Makerspace in schools, educators are more openly embracing the maker mindset in the environment they work in.
Although having a dedicated maker space in a learning commons or library is a very desirable location in a school setting, newer literature is encouraging teachers to take what they have to situate making in their learning spaces. In addition, the re-designing of these learning spaces to make them more flexible for different uses including making and more hands-on activities is showing up more and more in the writing.
Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspiration for Fab Labs and Makerspaces was also received in the library recently and is comprehensive in looking at projects with how-to’s, additional websites and curriculum connections.
There are many new resources to support making in learning environments. There is a definite change in the focus from buying and equipping a Maker Space to including making in a classroom using what is available. The emphasis on the hands-on learning aspect of making is coming to the fore and not a minute too soon.