Makerspace Classrooms: Where Technology Intersects With Problem, Project, and Place-Based Design in Classroom Curriculum

Christian McKay, Tarrence D. Banks, Scott Wallace, International Journal of Designs for Learning, Jun 30, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

You have to read all the way to the end to get the money quote from this article: "As these two teachers engaged in their
everyday practices in designing this tiny house project, they were involved in the very cycles and processes they worked to make explicit to their students. What is interesting they is not simply that they were doing this, but that they did not appear to be aware of the parallels between their own design practices as teachers and those they were explicitly encouraging the students to engage." It's a good argument for working openly - documenting what you do allows for reflection on practices that might not be noticed while they are being practiced. I also like the use of 3D printing to create models of houses - I used to do this with construction paper and glue. But the technology these students had allowed for the creation of much better models (I'm envious). More from this IJDL special issue on K-12 Classroom Implementation.

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