The Maker Movement

This week, I just started my new class CEP 811 Adapting Innovate Technology to Education.  It has pushed me a lot, from researching about the Maker Movement to using new technologies such as WeVideo.  I have spent countless hours on YouTube and Vimeo whether it was watching videos about Remix (Part 1, 2, 3 and 4), the Maker Movement, or how to use WeVideo.

When learning about the Maker Movement, I was fascinated with the idea that Dale Dougherty (2011) said, “Everybody is a maker”.  I have never really took the time to think about this, but in today’s world where we are all recreating, bouncing ideas off each other and taking something original and changing it or remixing, in order to fit our needs.  I see this every day in my very own classroom.

I currently teach kindergarten where play, trial and error, and creativity are a HUGE part of the curriculum.  My first year teaching I definitely struggled with letting my students experiment in order to understand the process of trial and error.  I also wanted their projects a certain way not allowing for their own creativity to come out.  However, I can now say that I have learned that I needed to let go of some control.  I needed to question my students, give them time, allow them to find the answer, as well as express their creativity by allowing them to complete something on their own using their own ideas.  I have found that they are a lot more engaged, excited about learning, and becoming risk takers.  They aren’t afraid of trying and failing.

This is so important to keep in mind within the classroom.  Allowing our students to try and fail before succeeding helps them gain a lot more knowledge than if they were just told the answers.  I experienced this first hand over the past couple of days when making a remix video about the Maker Movement using WeVideo.  I have used iMovie but not in a few years.  I turned to YouTube for help.  I looked up and watched several videos on just how to use WeVideo before starting my project.  I played around with it a bit, researched Creative Commons videos, and then got right to work.  Throughout the process, I still looked to YouTube to answer some questions of how to add sound, multiple videos, and finally to publish.  It took me several hours to import videos, sound, and time everything just right.  It was a long process, but a very engaging one that had me using new technology to remix and answer questions about the Maker Movement.

Take a look at the video I remixed using WeVideo.  I focused on what the ‘Maker Movement’ is, who makers are, and what qualities people need to be makers.

With today’s advancements in technology, the question that still resonates with me is, “How can we create with the patent laws in our way?”  This will be something that I continue to research and understand.  Hopefully the laws will start changing as technology has surpassed them.

References:

Atmel. (2014). “Atmel: The Heart of the Maker Movement” [Video File] Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlIaNKgu6a0

Doherty, D. (2011). “We Are Makers” [Video File] Retrieved from: http://www.ted.com/talks/dale_dougherty_we_are_makers

Doherty, D. (2015). “Maker Movement Goes Global”, Dale Dougherty (Founder and Executive Chairman, Maker Media) [Video File] Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlAYeIdtucQ

epSos.de (2013). “Beautiful Children Play on Wet Water Playground” [Video File] Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTPuV5s2274

Hariharan, Anoop. “Lightning-Upbeat Background Music [Creative Commons] [Music File] Retrieved from: https://soundcloud.com/anoophariharan/lightning-creative-commons

Smith, Drew (2012). “What are the skills you need to thrive in the creative industry?” [Video File] Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RIn5BDXEH4

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