Who are makers? Depending on which aspect you examine, makers can be designers, programmers, artists, engineers, hackers, or inventors. While makers put on different hats as they work on projects, the commonality is that they are all passionate about what they are making. Unlike other new educational ideas and movements, the good news for educators about the maker movement is that it embraces and is a perfect fit with the learning-by-doing philosophy, one of the most effective learning approaches that helps them engage learners easily.
Aside from the doing, what are some other gripping elements that attract youth to maker activities? Young makers in this video provide some insightful answers and share their experiences about making. The can-do spirit developed throughout trial-and-error and supportive open communities seem to be key ingredients for successful maker spaces. Other good news for educators: many makers are driven not only by making things work, but also making them better.
Are you (ready to be) a maker? What are your observations about the maker movement and its potential to transform education? Share you thoughts with other educators on Vialogues
Excerpts from the discussion
@00:16 johnlee: Google it! The most simple yet powerful learning habit for him. Anyone online with an answer to his question would be his teacher and mentor!
@00:24 johnlee: : Even for highly hands-on maker projects, online communities can still be of great help. This is really interesting!