Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace

John Spencer, Jul 28, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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I'm an enthusiastic supporter of the concepts behind making, but not the terminology. We had the concept long before Make Magazine decided to turn it into an advertising campaign. Substitute the word 'make' with, say, 'creative' and we get a long-standing educational tradition. "Every child can create," and "every child is creative," for example. And we should understand that creating isn't just about working with kits of plastic and electronics you bought off the internet, it can be writing, drawing, music, industrial arts, athletics, and much much more.

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