What is a Makerspace?
Technically...it is anything that you make it! Makerspaces offer students and teachers a creative outlet. You do not have to have a 3-D printer for your makerspace to work. What? That's right! Makerspaces can start small and grow over time.
How are makerspaces related to technology when it does not necessarily require computer equipment? Simple...at one point in time the wheel was technology. Huh? That's right at some point in time anything that was invented was a part of new technology for society. Problem-solving and hands-on learning can lead students to higher level thinking. Makerspaces all students to reevaluate the technology they use or create new ways to use it. Don't be scared to try it out and see. Here are a few ideas to get your makerspaces started.
- Paper bags
- Tape and Glue
- Markers, Crayons, Paint and Pencils
- Scraps of fabric, wood, etc.
- 3-D Printers
- Copper Tape
- LED Lights
- Old sewing machines
- The list goes on and on....
- Animoto: Create Book Trailers
- FaceBook: Share new books, movies and more!
- FlipGrid: Create students video book reviews
- Google Classroom: Book Studies
- Kahoot- Gamification
- Nearpod: Create interactive lessons
- Prezi- More than Powerpoint
- Twitter: Tweet about events, new books and so much more!
- Quizziz- Gamification