This summer, between attending ISTE, EdCamp Global, CCRC training, and working my PLN, I have discovered many tools, toys, and apps my students can utilize in the Makerspace. Some of these were online, but several came in boxes, arriving over summer vacation. I’ve opened the boxes, peered inside to ascertain that the items I’ve ordered are all there, but other than that – things are still in their respective wrappers.
So often, as teachers, we learn all that we can about a new tech tool, use it ourselves - figuring out how it will best work, and then share precise directions with our students - encouraging them to follow our steps precisely so they will be guaranteed success. The mission behind the Lockerman Makerspace is to have a place where students will feel free to be creative, experiment, and take ownership of their learning. Not only will I be handing students responsibility by having them unpack and assemble the new technology, but I’ll also be teaching them that learning occurs as much in the mistakes as it does in the successes. Stay tuned for updates.
If you have any successes or ideas to share, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!