First things first! This website discusses the Maker Faire, the annual "show and tell" that inspired the Marker Movement. Getting a look at some of the many images of fascinating things that have been "made" will not only inspire teachers to learn more about what's behind the movement but also demonstrate the amazing array of creative applications within STEM disciplines.
The Maker Movement isn't just an educational initiative of interest only to teachers. This Time Magazine article discusses why the movement has the potential for positive economic consequences. It details how "makers" support entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth across many sectors.
Wondering how to operate your classroom in a way that encourages a "maker" mindset? This chapter from the book The Maker Movement Manifesto outlines key principles of an environment that is conducive to innovation, discovery, and development of new things. Though not written for educators, this chapter provides great information on the tools and approaches that are key to a successful "maker" classroom.
Not sure how the "maker movement" translates from industry to education? This infographic clarifies this connection in easy-to-understand language and visuals. It also features "little bits," which is a system of electronic building blocks that are used today in numerous educational settings.
Perhaps the best way to understand how "maker" principles can be applied to classroom learning is to see it in action. This video shows groups of students of different ages and abilities making amazing new things. It demonstrates how teaching kids to be "makers" truly engages them in their learning, which leads to greater achievement and fewer disciplinary challenges.
These slides were used in a workshop focused on "maker education." The first part addresses the "why" of the maker movement by explaining the theoretical background. Then they detail numerous strategies that can be used to make maker education come alive. The slides include links to actual examples, a self-assessment for teachers, suggestions for how students should document their process, and the role of the teacher throughout.
This blog post begins by explaining maker education in layman's terms and then provides links to five great resources for teachers to use. They range from a summer "maker" camp for high school students to a website where students can "show and tell" their own creations. Also, a link for information on how to set up a "maker faire" at a teacher's own school is included.
Naturally, the interest in Maker Education is due to the importance of STEM. These PowerPoint slides clearly demonstrate how one middle school used a maker approach to improving instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math. Lots of resources for replicating their success are provided.