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Makerspace Challenge: Pitch Night

Makerspace ChallengeTuesday was pitch night at 88.9 for The Commons. The Betty Brinn/Learn Deep team shared their vision of CSA-farm-box meets up-cycling. The solution looks to offer schools a subscription service that delivers a mystery box of materials for use in a makerspace on a monthly basis.  Great idea, go team!

We have an idea on how to make this happen in Milwaukee. If you’re interested, let us know.

 

    Recap: MJDS Innovation Hub tour

    Tour Q & A
    Questions from participants on the wall of the Big Idea Room.

    A big thanks to Brian King for opening up the MJDS Innovation Hub for our visit and willingness to entertain all questions that could fit on the wall.

    Thanks also to Quentin Allums from Mad Genie who came out before the tour with his 360° camera.  Quentin showed a group of MJDS students how to capture still and video images for video and VR and with some occasional advise, turned them loose to capture the Innovation Hub.  A first look at what they produced is here:

     

    Collab Lab 9 Recap & Notes

    Collab Lab 9 360 Selfie
    360 Selfie under the guidance of Quentin Allums at the close of Collab Lab 9

    Collab Lab 9 focused on evaluating success of makerspaces and FabLabs.  We used three questions to guide the discussion:

    • What does success look like?
    • What makes it difficult to assess?
    • How can those barriers be addressed?

    Our discussion groups came up with these three big ideas to take home:

    • We have to learn to be comfortable with failure (and willing to model it for our students).
    • Makerspaces are a tool for developing a mindset
    • Successful makerspaces are the definition of individualized learning — teachers have the opportunity for one on one interaction with students, students are able to follow their passions.

    And as a bonus: If students aren’t having fun, you aren’t there yet.


    Links to things people heard about at Collab Lab 9:

    April 20th: Tour of Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Innovation Hub

    April 27th: Betty Brinn’s Making in Education Community of Practice

    May 11th: Collab Lab 10: Building Resilience

    NEXT.cc: NEXT.cc supports making across the curriculum with STEAM based project learning set to NEXT Generation Science, Art & Design, and North American Association for Environmental Education Standards.  Scaffolding cognitive learning with discovery, NEXT.cc’s eLearning DESIGNopiedia introduces skills and integrates K12 classrooms with apps, virtual field trips, TEDed courses, free data sets, mapping, and science interactives bringing our youth into the future of lifelong learning.

    21st Century Classrooms
    Outdoor Classrooms
    Makerspaces

    Mark Keane’s architecture classes for high school students:

    Draw to Build I & II
    UWM SARUP now offers two dual enrollment Architecture courses for juniors and seniors in high school.  They can be accessed via Youth Options or PLA. Contact Prof. Keane for more information: keane@uwm.edu.  Here’s a brief piece on the course featuring Collab Lab attendee Cindy McClinn and her students: http://uwm.edu/news/area-students-explore-architecture-100-and-perhaps-a-career/


    Notes from breakout groups:

    Group 1: We have to learn to be comfortable with failure (and willing to model it for our students)

    What does success look like?

    Dewy — Congnition — Metacognition
    Mistakes & Failure
    Outputs:  What does it look like? What does it sound like?
    Growth Mindset
    Common Process
    Audience?
    Economic?
    Engagement

    What makes it difficult to assess?

    Teacher/Educator thinking
    Tasks — What is authenticity?
    Standardization
    Questions are unwelcome
    Grade based system
    Lack of experience with failure/open tasks
    Kids are trained to think about school in “school” ways
    Behaviorist vs Constructivist

    How can those barriers be addressed?

    Common processes
    Digital modeling
    Community involvement
    What is making?
    Hope
    Culture
    Expertise

    Group 2: Makerspaces are a tool for developing a mindset

    What does success look like?

    Passion for a career path
    Meaningful collaboration
    Focused engagement on task
    Problem solving
    Equality of ideas/contributions
    Success is nurtured and progressive
    Teachers as facilitators & learners
    Learning through experimentation
    High level of resilience to change
    Authentic experiences
    Makerspaces is a process/culture
    Fun
    Futuring

    What makes it difficult to assess?

    Traditional buildings
    Lack of exposure/access to tech
    “Accounting mindset” of leadership
    How do I manage the learning process?
    How do I track learning that takes place 24 x 7?
    Gather the info that leadership needs
    Kids don’t know how to self-assess/be accountable for their learning
    There is not time to teach anything that doesn’t lead to a 22 on the ACT
    Don’t know how to reach outside businesses for real higher level learning
    Parents
    Teacher education is not continuous and focused on designing engaging project opportunities
    Tine to do something other than standardized tests

     

    Group 3: Successful makerspaces are the definition of individualized learning — teachers have the opportunity for one on one interaction with students, students are able to follow their passions

    What does success look like?

    Start with purpose– of the space; of the school
    For who?  Student, teacher, school, community
    Attendance up
    Increased engagement– students and teachers
    Growth
    Leadership
    Curiosity is sparked
    Students (and teachers) are not afraid to fail
    Becomes part of the culture of the the school/community
    It is demonstrated
    Craftsmanship
    Ability to transfer and apply the skills learned
    Hit high standards
    Process
    Finding one’s self
    Be able to adapt/be responsible
    Kids set their own expectations
    Compliance does not equal success
    Integrated with curriculum
    Other teachers are comfortable using the space
    Students understand how to be life long learners
    Teachers have an individual connection with students
    Fun

    What makes it difficult to assess?

    Who is asking– district, school, parent, student
    Subjective
    Individualized
    Long time frame required to see the results
    Figuring out what is important
    Pressure for standardized testing
    Students are handed off to someone else (for the makerspace work)
    Changing expectations
    Getting teachers to adopt a new role– mentor/guide

    How can those barriers be addressed?

    Agreement on what you want to see happen
    Ask how the community can help
    Ask students for self evaluations
    Classroom teachers should work with students within a makerspace (rather than handing them off)
    Show off the results of student efforts

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