Getting Started with Maker Centered Learning

Course Number: EDU 5515 C72
Instructor: Lucie deLaBruere
Location: Rutland High School and Greater Rutland Makerspace, Rutland, Vermont
Dates and Times: Fall 2017. Exact dates to be determined.
Credits: 1 credit
Tuition: $575 includes 1 graduate credit, $450 for recertification only

Note: Please register directly with TechSavvy Solution. If you wish to take the course for credit, please notify TechSavvy, who will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. Course payment is due and payable to Tech Savvy Solution.

Course Description

In this course participants create and make using new tools and explore how creating and making can support personalized learning and help students develop and document proficiency based graduation requirements. Participants will complete hands-on workshops with maker-educators to experience maker empowerment as a student. We will visit both a school and community makerspace, build new skills and experience design thinking as an approach to problem finding and problem solving. The course will include reading and discussion of literature related to innovative pedagogy and transformative practices made possible with new tools for creating and making.

Experience MAKING as a Student
Learn new skills, new tools, new problem solving approaches as you create and make something new.

Experience a Community MakerSpace at Greater Rutland Makers Space (Day 1)
Create Confidence with Circuits, Code, and Creativity
Morning Mini Workshops in Paper Circuits
eTextiles Makey Makey
Afternoon - Open Make Choice of Make and Take Project

Experience a School MakerSpace at Rutland City High School (Day 2)
Intro to 2D and 3D Design Tools
Morning Mini Workshops including Intro to Vinyl Cutter
Intro to Cardboard Prototyping
Laser Cutters / CNC/ 3D Printer Demos Afternoon - Open Make Choice of
Make and Take Project

Course Goals

• Build skills for using tools and practices for creating and making
• Experience maker empowerment as a student
• Practice design thinking process and apply the process to creating, making several mini projects
• Tour school and community makerspaces
• Make connections to pedagogical practices that support Personalized Learning, Project Based learning, and Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to
--use new tools for creating and making
--identify pedagogical practices that can be supported using schools and or community makerspaces
--create a plan for creating opportunities for learning through creating and making for students in their classroom or school.

Required Texts

Note: Required texts are not included in cost of course.

Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds Dec 5, 2016 by Edward P. Clapp and Jessica Ross

For additional course and registration information

Lucie deLaBruere
(802) 752-6086

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