Maker Education

"Maker" education generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values experimentation, growth and collaboration. Below are the latest stories and opinion essays on this concept, including archives and special reports.

—Nathan W. Armes for Education Week

'Physical Computing' Connects Computer Science With Hands-On Learning

The emerging instructional strategy tries to teach students about computational thinking through the use of physical tools. But there are obstacles to making it work. (January 23, 2019)

Spotlight on Maker Education
In this Spotlight, learn how schools are embracing student-driven learning, ensuring equity in maker education, and providing students with opportunities to develop real-world skills.


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Researchers consulted 61 education and technology experts to forecast the five-year impact of emerging technologies in K-12 schools.
September 13, 2017 – Education Week
The movement for more hands-on, student-driven learning is going mainstream, migrating from museums and garages into the highly regulated world of K-12 education.
June 9, 2016 – Education Week
“Maker spaces”—facilities designed to encourage hands-on activity and experimentation—have become an increasingly exciting part of many schools’ digital-learning and career-tech offerings. With their focus on inventiveness and collaboration, they also offer new ways of looking at classroom or learning-space design.
May 12, 2016 – Education Week
Encouraging students to draw not just on their own internal skills and experiences, but also assets from individuals and community is a key to successful "maker" education, research suggests.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
In this special photo project, we asked school librarians and teachers who use Twitter and Instagram to post photos that represent the importance of their school and classroom library.
April 1, 2016 – Education Week
The buzz around the maker movement obscures the benefits of maker education for students, writes researcher Jennifer Oxman Ryan.
November 4, 2015 – Education Week
Some in the "maker" movement are looking to start a 1-to-1 trend in schools akin to the push to put a digital device in the hands of every student.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Leadership, professional development, and hands-on learning were on the minds of nearly 20,000 educational technology enthusiasts who attended the ISTE annual conference in Philadelphia.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
Librarians are showing growing interest in the "maker movement" as their roles shift from collectors of information to facilitators of project-based learning.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
They are examining how emerging technologies facilitate new types of hands-on learning, and how technology can provide a window into students’ thinking.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week

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