The Maker Monday Challenge: Begin Each Week on a Creative Note

One of the key take-aways from Moore’s Law is that technological developments tend to double every six months. Products that sounded like science fiction a generation ago are now so commonplace we take them for granted. We are in an era of rapid changes in social, technological, and economic systems. We live in an era […]

What do maker projects look like in each subject area?

If you’re interested in designing your own makerspace, check out the Makerspace Master Course. It’s a self-paced, week-long course that you can do from anywhere at any time.   Making Can Happen in Every Subject Recently a friend of mine said, “When I think of makerspaces, I don’t think of history classes. I picture areas where […]

The 3 Big Mistakes I Made When Trying to Design a Makerspace

I first heard of makerspaces over a decade ago. It was around 2005, not long after Make Magazine came out and people were talking about things like fab labs and maker faires. It was a part of the do-it-yourself culture that I found intriguing, even if I was simply a social studies teacher with no real background […]

The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces

In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces. My Maker Story I first heard of makerspaces over a decade ago. It was a part of the do-it-yourself culture that I found intriguing. I […]

Why Every Classroom Should Be a Makerspace

This is the first post in a week-long series on makerspaces.  I once taught an eighth-grade student who had written four novels online, despite the fact that she had only been learning English for three years. She spent her free time in class looking up how to set up lead magnets and create funnels for […]