#ISTE2014 Takeaway One: Maker Movement

Energy. Ideas. Flexibility. Openness. Learning. Sharing. These are only a few words to capture the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference experience. It is important to note that the focus of #ISTE2014 was not on technology, digital tools, and gadgets but on the larger picture of relevant education topics – opening opportunities for students to learn without the restrictions of straight rows of desks. This is the first in a series of posts on #ISTE2014 takeaways.

Maker Movement

I’ve been keeping an eye on the Maker Movement over the past few years, and #ISTE2014 had a fair share of sessions on the topic. This roundup, provided by Sylvia Martinez, reflects how the Maker Movement was showcased throughout #ISTE2014, including Gary Stager’s session Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. The room was packed, but I made it in to witness Gary’s energetic and passionate session to put kids back into the center of learning by “making.” He made the case of Schooling vs. Making and showcased Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show. Gary’s notes can be found here.

I look forward to reading Gary and Sylvia’s book Invent to Learn, which is on my desk, along with David and Norma Thornburg and Sara Armstrong’s book 3D Printing in the Classroom.

Meanwhile, you can find a wonderful book review of Invent to Learn by Kevin Hodgson at Middleweb.com.

For further resources, checkout ASCD’s Project Ideas, Videos, and Other “Making” Resources from the June 2014 Education Update feature, “If You Build It: Thinking with the Maker Mind-Set.” 

Are you undertaking a Maker Faire or undertaking the “Maker Movement” in your school or community? Please share!