Building a successful Maker program in a school or institution can be a complex process. We have experience establishing programs from the ground up at International Schools and supporting hundreds of educators around the world to plan, integrate, build and sustain Maker Learning programs that are unique to their context and needs.
The Maker Academy offers professional learning programs and micro-credentials for classroom teachers, learning specialists, and leaders that want to learn how to establish Making as a powerful philosophy, pedagogy, and practice in their classrooms, schools or institutions.
Our Programs Focus on:
Our programs are learner-centered— learning activities, materials, and content are personalized and differentiated based on the participants in the room. They are the most important people in the room.
Our programs empower educators to find the creative confidence in themselves and provide successful strategies to integrate Making into ANY Subject.
We work with leadership to strategically plan and support the evolution of their Maker Programs based on the school or institution's own needs, goals, and context.
What Clients Say:
Testimonials and feedback from participants of our programs
The Maker Learning workshop that I attended in February 2019 was my first experience with Consilience Learning. I can confidently state that it will not be my last. The course began with Linus sharing a well developed rationale for the necessity of Maker Learning in contemporary education. This rationale provided the foundation for the course which allowed the participants to fully grasp the importance of what we were learning and why.
I was particularly impressed by the scaffolded content and the constant hands-on learning opportunities that were a part of the curriculum. This year, the International School of Dakar is building a new Design/Innovation center and I am thoroughly excited to share what I learned at the Maker Learning workshop with both teachers and students.
Dr. Nneka Johnson
Director of Innovation
The International School of Dakar
“This was a great experience. It was tough to commit to 4 full days at the starting week of school but I tried to balance this out. The scaffolding and input sessions were carefully balanced with long chunks of open-ended time to put our ideas into action with a range and variety of skills and materials. I hope to make this a broader conversation with the teachers in my division. There are lots of opportunities for us to build Making into our work in the ECC that would be meaningful and purposeful and this workshop has inspired me to start this conversation with the team.
Thanks Linus, you were fab – inspiring, supportive and good humoured!”
Head of Early Childhood
International School of Brussels
“I valued the exposure to new concepts through active learning exercises that challenged me but also helped reinforce my understanding and appreciation of the need to strategically embed maker learning into our students’ educational experience at all levels. The multiple examples of the various forms of integration after each concept were especially enriching.
Linus’ instructional approach is exceptional; he is a natural coach and treasure-chest of knowledge and skill. We greatly appreciate his ideas, support and leadership! What an inspiration to us all!
I plan to advocate for instructional time, space, materials and specialized faculty to promote maker learning at all levels of the school – to all stakeholders: the Board of Trustees, administrators, educators, faculty, parents and students. Promote related training opportunities not only for CAG educators but also for others in Guatemala. Tell the story of CAG’s journey through initial steps of maker learning to promote awareness and appreciation.”
Linus’ method of instruction was spot on. We were a small, very diverse group and he was able to challenge each and every one of us throughout the four day Maker workshop. I was able to take away so many ideas and new skills that I knew were going to be immediately applicable in my teaching. Within the first week back at school, I was able to implement one of the first lessons that we explored in the workshop with a 4th grade class.
Thank you Linus and Consilience for challenging me and providing authentic experiences for me to implement Maker practices into our curriculum. Truly Inspirational!
International School Dongguan, China
“The combination of active learning, reflection, and sharing made this training extremely valuable for me. I also really appreciate the integration ideas! I believe I will also greatly value the extended follow up in the next few months; that is unique from other multi-day certificate trainings I have been involved in.”
“I valued the points of view that the instructor shared with us and the exposure to new ideas. I plan to take all of the learning that I have done back to my classroom and have my students do more prototyping. I was impressed with the focus on language that Linus pointed out to us. I believe that it helps create a mindset and a way of thinking that Linus communicates effectively. He pointed out the need for empathy. I will take that back to my class. I also plan to incorporate technology as a material into some of the designs that I have my students do.”
“The very fact that one doesn’t need a science background to be a Maker is awesome. Also the pedagogy followed in the workshop was very engaging.”
“This was a very exciting, interactive class! I valued the pacing, the content, the time for classroom ideation and the collaboration! I will begin using ideas from this workshop next week in my class. I plan to start small, but eventually all of my content areas would be integrated, making it possible to seamlessly utilize my classroom and lessons with making.”
“I valued the opportunity to explore resources and activities, to have time to think about how to use these tools, and to share ideas across the school. It is useful to see how the thinking process can be utilised at all levels and subject areas. Each of the activities have interesting ways to think and interact with materials and thinking. “
“I really enjoyed the week and having time and space to try out so many different tech and maker skills with a teacher there to guide and support us on our making journey. It was so much fun and informative! I plan to implement many of the new skills I have learned during choice time and more integrated into our current units.”
“This is the best PD I’ve ever taken, it was the right amount of activities and application of what we were learning. I valued the sharing of ideas and being introduced to new technologies and ways of making. I plan to integrate elements of Making into every subject I teach and each unit.”
"Very practical, well organized and fun workshop. This is the future of education and Im grateful to be part of this. Every person can be creative. There is no such thing as failing as the process is the most important aspect. Learning can be made the most fun, practical, shareable and memorable experience through making. Most important skills developed within a student are : critical thinking, teamwork, efficient resource usage, planning and being organized. Every form of making can be applied in all contexts.”
Consilience is a non-profit, global education innovation company that supports institutions and educators to transform teaching and learning. We provide leadership training and professional development in the areas of Innovation Leadership, Technology Integration, Maker Learning, Online Learning, and Learning Analytics. For more information about our work please visit our website at www.consiliencelearning.org