Whenever I talk to teachers about using the makerspace I hear quite a few excuses, “I don’t have time!” “I don’t know how to connect what I’m doing to the makerspace.” “It scares me!”. Teachers are naturally perfectionists, so I’m never too shocked to hear these utterances. However, I stress to teachers that the learning that can take place in the makerspace will help the students gain a stronger understanding of the concepts from class and increase their
Late to the makerspace party? It’s ok, there’s still time.
The creation and utilization of makerspaces in schools has been and still is an emerging trend. In 2015 makerspaces were identified as an important development in educational technology for K-12 education. (NMC Horizon Report, 2015). But why? Makerspaces allow for students to physically interact with materials to construct a product that allows them to express, display and explain their ideas.