Cultivating a 'maker culture' in the classroom



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The ‘Maker Culture’ ─ the general term given to inventors, designers and creative types ─ is gaining ground as a great tool to activate creative learning and innovation in the classroom.

152508620.jpg“The shift to ‘making’ in education represents the perfect storm of new technological materials, expanded opportunities, learning through first-hand experience, and the basic human impulse to create,” says Derek Wenmoth, director at CORE Education.

“It offers the potential to make classrooms more active, child-centered, relevant, and sensitive to each child's remarkable capacity for creativity and self-reliance.”

The “learning through making” philosophy has formed the basis of CORE Education’s pre-conference session at ULearn15. ‘Permission to Play’ will provide an opportunity for beginners to experience what the Maker Movement is all about, and for enthusiasts to extend their maker knowledge and know-how.

Taupaki School’s principal Stephen Lethbridge has led the Maker Culture in their school, introducing the ‘Make Club’, which has helped encourage students to participate in creating, building and innovating. Working with Kim Baars, who is presenting at ‘Permission to Play’, they have worked with their staff to equip teachers with skills which encourage their learners to be creative using new technologies and how that translates into real world activity.

Permission to Play will be facilitated by Mark Osborne from CORE Education, with Professor Jane Gilbert (AUT University) and Tim Carr (Mindkits) discussing makerspace drivers, the research, and what’s to be gained from the maker culture.

ULearn Permission to Play is on 6 October 2015 in Auckland. Visit for more information.

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