Tuesday, July 7, 2015

8 Steps to an Academic Makerspace

This article in the THE Journal summarizes a discussion of designing makerspaces that took place at the ISTE convention a few days ago. http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/07/06/8-design-steps-for-an-academic-makerspace.aspx?m=1
I would agree that the steps are all important. For example, this is our first step...
Step One: Purpose. To provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities (high tech and low tech) and to encourage creative problem-solving and high-level thinking, 
It is hard enough to simply define a Makerspace. Laura Fleming wrote this one: 
http://t.co/sr1XP7hRQs. Laura's book, Worlds of Making (Corwin, 2014), is a nice guidebook.
I'm still working on a Huegel-specific definition. I think our Makerspace will be different things for different users, unique for each grade level and curricular area. It will also need to be a working definition because it is still developing and becoming.