Learn by doing its the Maker way

A photograph of Limor “Ladyada” Fried entrepreneur and owner of Adafruit Industries.

Our society is becoming more advanced technologically everyday. It only makes sense that our education system advances along with it. Pencils and exams are so 30 years ago. The infusion of the maker culture into our education system is a must and the time is now. Examples of successful makers can be seen across the country including maker pioneer Limor Fried.

Thomas Kalil, deputy director for policy, White house office of science and technology is a huge supporter of this infusion as he spoke at a workshop entitled “Innovation, education, and the maker movement” he said the following:

After all, we wouldn’t teach kids how to play football by lecturing to them about football for years and years before allowing them to play. And if education is about the “lighting of a flame not the filling of a pail” — we should be putting the tools of discovery, invention and fabrication at the finger tips of every child — inside and outside of the classroom.

What does all this mean for an educator such as myself. HANDS ON LEARNING. As a future physical educator this idea is already an important aspect in my teaching. “Learn by doing” as I was told in my youth. Making culture is not limited only to the gym space. I can recall being first introduced to fractions by sitting in a class eating pizza. At the end of the month we were making our own pzza pies and dividing it into fractions. The ideals behind the maker culture are not new just forgotten by the masses. As the abacus became old and outdated so have standardized testing. There’s a wealth of untapped potential in todays technology and the maker culture is bringing it to the forefront. Why make? Why not? Jst take a look atAndrew Carles’s “maker” elective class at Flint Hill located in Northern Virginia.

6 thoughts on “Learn by doing its the Maker way

  1. Technology is taking over classrooms! I really like the quote you included in your post because it discusses how children should be more exposed to the world of making. It is true that the maker culture should not be ignored, but instead implemented into learning and viewed as an educational advantage.

  2. The way you said it with the football, that kids can’t be lectured on it is the same way with makers is they have to move out of the classroom and get their hands dirty in order to be creative and invent something. I believe in this because the U.S. isn’t doing well with education and I think it’s time for something new, interesting, and exciting.

  3. I love your post, cute video also, I love the end when the confident little boy says “I did it” It shows how effective hands on learning really is. I agree, computers are taking over the world and we need to prepare our children…our future just like Andrew Carle is doing. Your quote about lecturing on football was great, it got straight to the point, the only way of truly understanding something is to actually do it.

  4. pretty cool video, it is revealing how having technology in the classroom can really motivate students and get them really involved. watching the video I think of many city schools where behavior issues are problem in the classroom, and I cant help to think that if technology was utilized alot more in class maybe the student wouldn’t act out as much and actually be more engaged…good find…

  5. Loving your blog. I could not agree more with you.
    The classroom in which the video took place- I loved the class setting.
    It was amazing to see students working with their hands and MOVING AROUND SO MUCH!
    Not all instructors teach this way, we see most of our classroom where children are just in their seat and taking boring notes.
    Have the stuff they write don’t probably hold no meaning to them.
    In order for one to truly understand a concept or method for learning- I strongly believe it is through ACTUALLY DOING IT.
    I Love the example you used, on how you were able to learn to do fractions from an actual pizza pie. I believe inorder for students to learn, you have to bridge on the concept in which they are familiar with.

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