• EMPOWER YOUR STUDENTS' LEARNING THROUGH

    MAKING AND TINKERING

    Professional development for educators.

  • The Maker Academy offers professional development courses and micro-credentials for classroom teachers, learning specialists, and school leaders that want to learn how to establish Making and Tinkering as a powerful philosophy, pedagogy, and practice in their classrooms and schools. All professional development topics are instructed using Maker pedagogical and philosophical approaches, including tools and materials that encourage student-centered learning. The activities of the Maker Academy have a “low floor”, “high ceiling”, and “wide walls”, there is very little required to engage in the activities but there are many possibilities for deepening understanding and taking the activity down personalized pathways.
     

    With our courses participants will:

    • Learn content that has been researched and tested in an education environment.
    • Experience Making & Tinkering through hands-on, meaningful activities.
    • Draw connections between Making and their subject-area content.
    • Create learning designs and artifacts that can be used in the classroom.

    What teachers say about our professional development:

    “A great experiential workshop, effective facilitation, Very engaging.”

    “More than anything else, your pedagogy was excellent and everyone was engaged . You made it a great learning experience for us.”

    “I was able to do so much with circuits and coding that I never thought I could do.”

    “It was the most engaging workshop that I ever did. I was able to learn so much in 4 days starting from [the] first activity on making to the last one.”

  • Train the Trainer

    Our professional development works on the Train the Trainer model. After members of your Maker Team go through our courses and have time to build some experience. They can begin training the rest of your staff. Our mission is to transform education.

    Empowered Learners

    We believe that learners that are empowered to take control of their own learning drill deeper and wider. All of our professional development allows learners to create their own meaning through learner-driven activities.

    Professional Relationships

    Professional development is not over when we leave. We believe in having long-lasting relationships with schools and providing learners with meaningful post-training updates and information. We'll be there to help support you on your journey.

  • Maker Educator Certificate

    The Maker Educator Certificate is our recommended, entry-level professional development. Over 4 days participants explore learning through making with hands-on activities, case studies, and classroom examples. In addition, the Certificate explores the educational theory, practices, and approaches to successfully integrate learning through Making in the classroom. This professional development runs at your school, no teacher travelling required!
     

    Modules

    Each module of the Maker Educator Certificate professional development uses established Maker Learning pedagogy and philosophy. In addition to a deep dive into the educational theory, impact on student learning, and classroom requirements to create a powerful learning environment educators learn about the technologies that are transforming society, how Makers use them, and how to demystify them in the classroom. In addition, these modules will prepare participants to facilitate Maker activities that empower your students to construct learning artifacts using both found (cardboard, recyclables) and transformative materials (circuits, programming).

    Pedagogy & Philosophy
    of Making in the Classroom

    Why do we make and tinker? Why is making and tinkering important to education? How can it enhance student learning? In this module we explore these questions to define the core tenets, philosophy and pedagogical practices of making in the classroom. In addition, we will explore the impacts Making has on learning through hands-on Maker activities.

     

    Participants will:

    • Develop an understanding of the educational theory supporting learning through Making.
    • Learn about the impacts Making & Tinkering have on student learning
    • Experience Making & Tinkering activities hands on.
    • Understand one way to design and facilitate a Making activity in the classroom

    Prototyping, Wearable Technology,
    & Basic Circuitry

    Prototyping, Wearable Technology, and circuitry are quickly revolutionizing how and what makers create as well as how we can create solutions to big problems. In this module we explore what these topics are, how they are affecting society, and how we can use them to solve real world problems of our own.

     


    Participants will:

    • Develop an understanding of how prototyping, wearable technology, and circuits are empowering humans.
    • Create prototypes of wearable technology and a solution to real world problems.
    • Explore Design Thinking and its’ application to solving real problems that are hard to solve.

    Computational Thinking

    & Coding

    With the increase in computational technology throughout society and its’ impact on how we function, coding has become an essential literacy that helps students understand, access, and construct in their increasing digital world. In this module, we explore programming through the lenses of computational thinking and Scratch Programming.


    Participants will:

    • Develop an understanding of how and why everyone can code., 
    • Learn methods to use coding in the classroom including unplugged activities, Scratch programming, and bridging digital and physical interaction with MaKey MaKey.
    • Explore the ways in which we thinking computationally every day
    • Create computer programs and controller prototypes.

    Circuit Systems

    & Programming

    The rise in popularity of circuit prototyping platforms like Arduino has empowered Makers of all ages to create electronics. Emerging Technology that is transforming society such as the Internet of Things(IoT), Robotics, and automation are made up of circuits systems at their core. In this module, we explore the Arduino platform and use it to create circuit systems and prototypes.


    Participants will:

    • Develop a deeper understanding of circuits, how hardware and software build on each other, and how they can be used to create prototypes.
    • Create prototypes using the Arduino platform and electronic components.
    • Learn the ways microcontrollers can be used in the classroom and how they relate to transformative technologies like robotics, IoT, and automation.

     

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