Maker Educator Series
Offered by CraftED and Open Source Maker Labs
Jenny Pieratt- email@example.com
Dan Hendricks, OSML firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview course description:
The Maker Educator Series includes 30 hours of professional learning experience for elementary and secondary teachers who are seeking knowledge and support in the realm of Maker Education. The professional development workshops provided by CraftED are designed specifically for teachers who are interested in accelerating the implementation of NGSS by integrating Making into the curriculum; but need resources, direction and frameworks to ensure deeper learning for all students. See below for workshop overviews. Participants will also be provided with unique hands-on experience in Open Source Maker Labs by way of required lab hours in a makerspace to practice, learn and prototype projects for classroom use. This series is offered from November 2016August 2017, with the first 7 months focused on theory via PD workshops by CraftED and the final 3 months focused on practice in the lab via Open Source Maker Labs. The first cohort will include 2025 participants from local, north county schools. At the conclusion of the program teachers enrolled will present their learning through a public exhibition and receive 2 extension credits for their participation.
Enrolled teachers will need to Attend 5 of 10 offered teacher PD workshops on integrating making into the curriculum (see below for individual workshop descriptions). All workshops are 3 hours in length and are offered once a month, either on Tuesday nights or Saturday mornings (total 15 hours). Each workshop will have its own deliverable for collegial feedback. Teachers will need to document their lab time learning and PD deliverables in a digital portfolio/badging system for final submission and local, public exhibition of their learning.
1. Intro to Maker Ed & Designing your makerspace
Background on Maker Movement, opportunities for learning and connection to schools. Analyze related materials and identify necessary supplies and structures for organization. Intro to Digital Portfolio design. Mandatory attendance. Deliverable: Blueprint and supply list, your “why” on your Digital Portfolio
2. Developing Maker mindsets I (elementary)
Understanding and applying growth mindset and agency to Making. Deliverable: Classroom visual aid to communicate expectations for a Maker Mindsets.
3. Developing Maker mindsets II (secondary)
Understanding and applying growth mindset and agency to Making. Deliverable: Crafted assessment tool for feedback and reflection on Maker Mindsets.
4. Tinker Time (elementary)
Background on tinkering in both early childhood development and science. Analyze tasks and settings for inspiring innovation through curiosity and simple tinkering. Deliverable: List of 510 “invitations”
5. Crafting Maker Challenges I (elementary)
Identify and analyze components of a maker challenge. Review models of maker challenges (crate, bag, box, simple, complex). Deliverable: Develop task cards for a challenge
6. Crafting Maker Challenges II (secondary)
Identify and analyze components of a maker challenge. Review models of maker challenges (crate, bag, box, simple, complex). Deliverable: Develop an abbreviated lesson plan for a maker challenge
7. Developing a Maker Entrepreneurial Spirit (secondary)
Review of entrepreneurial models of creation and business. Applying Making to entrepreneurial methods. Deliverable: Integrated business project idea
8. Integrating Making into the Humanities
Background on STEAM movement and ways to incorporate into k6 classrooms through. Deliverable: Project brainstorm and idea development
- Design Thinking (elementary)
- Design Thinking for Social JusticeLeveraging Design Thinking for social good by addressing issues in the community (secondary)
9. Scaffolding Design Thinking for little makers (elementary)
Background on Design Thinking. Analyze models of Design Thinking in primary grades. Deliverable: Develop project idea that incorporates Design Thinking
10. Advanced Maker Project Design (elementary, secondary)
Introduction to Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning. Deliverable: Lesson plan for robust, possibly integrated, project
Summer Educator Subscription to OSML:
Includes 15 hours of lab time to develop a prototype for a future project, and access to 3 Maker workshops. Teacher members also have full access to the lab and all equipment to continue the development of their projects, and to collaborate in a safe environment among their peers. This enables educators to adopt the “fail early and often” model, allowing them to be more prepared and confident when leading their students.Mentors will lead the group through a design thinking process to develop a solution for their projects, then the group will work together to implement the designs.
Attend 5 of 10 Workshops offered by CraftED at OSML on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings (15 hours). Attend 2 Maker workshops offered by OSML (ongoing)
Proposal and consultation for prototype and final lesson plans, provided by both CraftED and OSML
Lab time to develop prototype (15 hours)
Final exhibition of learning held
All participants will need to document PD deliverables for each individual workshop and feature their documentation on a Digital Portfolio. Participants will need to email email@example.com within two weeks of the PD workshop with a link to the deliverable on their DP. Participants will then receive a “credit/no credit” for each individual assignment, and will be notified digitally within the next two weeks. PD deliverables will be evaluated based on the following: Completion of task, Application of concepts introduced during workshop, Ability to modify based on context, community demographic, Ingenuity
In preparation for summer lab hours, each participant will need to develop a proposal for their lab time. Participants will receive diagnostic feedback on their plans and will need approval by both CraftED and OSML prior to beginning lab hours. Proposal should include:
- Student project plans (including NGSS)
- Materials needed for prototype
- Estimated timeline
- Supports needed/anticipated
Final assessment will take place during a community exhibition in which participants will share their developed project plans, student project prototype, and learning throughout the Maker Educator Series. Participants will receive credit for this final assessment based on:
- Completion of 15 hours of lab time
- Completion of student prototype
- Completion of project plans
- Reflection on learning and growth
The 3rd annual FutureNOW! confernce will introduce different learning opportunities from innovative educators from around the country and state.
A professional development experience designed to support teachers with the integration of STEM experts and field work into the 21st century classroom.
Part I: Real-World Integration PD Workshop (May 13th 8:30-10:30)
*See description below.
Followed by free admission to Legoland for educator participants and discounted tickets for family members.
Part II: Educator-Industry Meet-Up (June 1st 4-6)
An informal opportunity for educators to meet (recommended) industry contacts in person, in addition to making additional industry contacts for future units/ projects.
This 90 minute interactive workshop is designed to provide teachers with high quality models, concrete planning tools, teaching strategies & community connections to integrate the real-world in the classroom.
Session topics include:
-Leveraging real-world work to bring NGSS to life
-How real-world work leads to deeper learning
-When and how to incorporate experts
-How to collect data in the field
-Implementation tips and tricks from an expert educator
-Teachers will walk away with planning tools
-Teachers will learn various ways to integrate experts and community connections into the classroom
-Teachers will gain concrete teaching strategies for deeper learning and NGSS integration
-Teachers will identify project/unit plans to integrate the real-world
-Representatives from SD STEM Ecosystem will be present to help teachers make community connections for their plans
-Teachers will receive collegial feedback on their ideas and plans