Magazine article Technology & Learning

CAA with a Maker Expert

Magazine article Technology & Learning

CAA with a Maker Expert

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T8cL sat down with Sylvia Martinez author ofInvent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Martinez speaks, writes, and advocates for student-centered, prgect-based learning, gender equity in technology, computer programming, and lifelong learning. She also helps schools incorporate authentic learning in their classrooms.

T&L: Can you describe the Maker Movement's history and how it continues to evolve in the classroom?

SM: The Maker Movementis a global revolution in the way people solve problems and share solutions as they gain unprecedented and Inexpensive access to devices like 3D printers and microcontrollers. For many educators, this self-directed learning revolution outside of school resonates with the way they know children really learn, yet is not happening inside school.

Educators see the Maker Movement as an avenue to re-introduce authentic learning experiences into school and give ell iklren agency over their own learning. As more educators find ways to make this happen, collaboration and sharing deepens and provides better on-ramps for other educators to adapt and adopt these techniques iiih t heir classrooms.

T&L: Why is it so important for schools to encourage students to participate in Maker Movement activities?

SM: We can't expect students to become the global citizens and problem solvers the world needs if we don't give them opportunities to solve real problems at a young age. The interesting and affordable technologies of the Maker Movement give students a chance not- to just learn about science, math, or history, but to be scientists, designers, and inventors right now. …

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