This mini-course will introduce educators to the “Maker movement,” both in digital and non-digital realms. Making is a fun way to experience production-centered, peer-driven learning and engage students in STEMx to develop important real world skills. Participants will make or hack something of their choice, such as a map, app, infographic, sculpture, music, zine, food, video, web page, or toy, and discuss the role making has in the STEMx classroom. This mini-course is expected to take approximately 12 hours, during which participants will work through the activities on their own schedule. Teachers taking the class will experience production-centered, peer-driven learning firsthand, make something of their choice, hack or remix something someone else has made, explore how the maker movement might fit into their own teaching and learning context, and connect in meaningful ways with the other teachers and learners.
Mini-Course and Registration Schedule
This mini-course is self-paced and can be started upon enrollment.
About The P2PU School of Ed
The P2PU School of Ed brings the model of open, community-based peer learning to professional learning for K-12 teachers. It's about hands-on learning driven by each educator's particular needs and classroom situations. It's about connecting, collaborating, and creating, not just reading or studying. All courses in this school are free, open-licensed (CC BY), and online. You can use the content in them for any purpose you like as long as you cite the source.
About Karen Fasimpaur
An enthusiastic user of many technologies, Karen Fasimpaur has worked in education and technology for over 20 years. She is a nationally-known consultant, providing professional development, curriculum development, and technology planning assistance to organizations across the country. Karen is the founder and organizer of the P2PU School of Ed, has co-facilitated MOOCs, and manages several online community spaces. Intrigued by the potential of Open Educational Resources, she is the creator of the K12 Open Ed web site (www.k12opened.com) and is coordinating several OER projects, including a kids open dictionary. A noted speaker on the use of mobile technology in education, she has presented at many national events and written extensively on technology integration. Previously, Karen has run an international technology integration company, worked in software development and textbook publishing, and taught elementary and adult education. Karen lives in a remote part of the desert southwest in an off-the-grid house she built with her own hands.