As a digital literacy coach I’ve thought a lot about the idea of creation (and of course you need content to create) but the whole idea where students choose what they make. Recently, especially during some of our more science based units, it seems like some teachers thing their students have to make something with “maker space parts”. I’ve been trying to work this out for myself, but I think making something, regardless of the unit could be making anything.
A couple of years ago (or it seems like that anyway) I went to a workshop put on by The Nerdy Teacher. It was really interesting as he was an English teacher using the maker space idea. He came from a place where he didn’t want twenty odd dioramas showing the same scene from a book. So he opened it up, and got submissions from street lamps to boats. He didn’t assess the product (or at least that’s what I remember him saying) he assessed the thinking behind the product and what that thing was important.
So I’ve been wondering if we take that point of view, how can we apply this to our new energy unit. Do students really need to make something out of “maker space bits”? Could we make an art project about what we think this new energy world might look like? Could we make a movie about the perils of using non-renewable resources? Could we turn vegan and make ourselves new?
Any other ideas?