Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom
Would you rather learn about how a computer works by reading about it or building one with your hands? Last week, we asked students to think about how they like to learn in our #DoNowMaker post. We asked students, Do you learn better through a hands on making process? Share something that you have made recently. What have you always wanted to learn to make?
The Maker Culture, or the DIY Movement, has grown into a cultural phenomenon. In general, the Maker Culture encourages people to be self-sufficient. The new movement refers to any activity where people utilize their creativity to make anything from jewelry to robots without asking for help from a paid expert. In a Huffington Post article, Brit Morin, Founder and CEO of Brit + Co., discusses how the Maker Culture emerged as more people, mostly millennials who grew up in households with busy parents, feel the need to look at do-it-yourself (DIY) websites and apps to learn certain skills such as cooking and crafting that they may have missed out on learning in their youth. Now, educators are incorporating the Maker Culture into the classroom. More and more teachers are assigning self-directed projects to teach problem solving to their students. As the Maker Movement is playing a larger role in learning, some wonder how this phenomenon will impact education.
Throughout the week, students discussed how hands on projects changes learning in the classroom. While several students argued that everyone learns differently, most students agreed that incorporating more making in the classroom will teach students how to think more critically, as well help them develop real life skills.
Making fosters more learning
Many students discussed the benefits of learning through making in the classroom.
— Devin Hudson (@hudsonde2015) June 3, 2014
— Kelly Zhao (@KellyKittyCat21) June 1, 2014
— LeeJessica (@LeeJessicaa10) June 2, 2014
— Marcelo Santos (@santosmarshy97) June 2, 2014
People learn in different ways
Some students talked about how learning through making is not a good idea for everyone.
— Jasmine (@LaJazy) June 2, 2014
— Cris (@Cris_1026) June 3, 2014
— Przemek Stasik (@Shemusz) June 11, 2014
What would you make?
Some students discussed the different objects they would like to learn how to make.
— Bonnie Apples (@apples_bonnie) June 1, 2014
@KQEDdspace i've always wanted to make my own car but the last i made was a pin in class #donowmaker
— justyn williams (@justynwilliams4) June 11, 2014