Maker Educator Certificate
2 day workshop and 3 months of application in assignments
This Certificate program is an introductory workshop for educators, specialists, and leadership of any division in a school or institution that seeks to develop or strengthen maker learning. The Certificate focuses on participants collaboratively constructing a foundation of the Maker Learning pedagogy, frameworks, and methods for integration in any subject area.
The Maker Educator Certificate is an intensive, hands-on, minds-on program that equips educators, specialists and leadership with everything needed to bring Making into schools and institutions. Participants explore Maker Learning through hands-on activities, case studies, and classroom examples. In addition, the Certificate Program explores the educational theory, practices, and approaches to successfully integrate learning through Making in the classroom.
Note: No prior experience or expertise is required, but attendees are required to have a laptop computer.
Materials: Workshop Materials need to be purchased by the school. Consilience will help in identifying and sourcing. Most materials are non-consumables.
Participants that successfully complete the program can begin training and coaching other teachers at the school or institution. In schools, this ensures that Maker Programs are sustainable and not dependent on the expertise of one person.
Requirements for the Certificate:
Over the course of the 2 day workshop, participants will be introduced to these 5 modules in Maker Learning.
Maker Learning Pedagogy
Explore Maker Learning frameworks and the philosophy and pedagogy of constructionism, project based learning, and Maker Learning. In this module we will explore and define the values that you want to create for your space and program, look at examples of Maker
integration, and examine the use of rubrics.
Tinkering is the art of playing with new technologies in an unobstructed environment with a focus on exploring new tools and materials. In this module, we will make scribble bots from various materials and design simple circuits with vibrating motors. While tinkering, we will also explore the value of tinkering and look at examples of tinkering across many disciplines.
Using the Stanford Design School’s Design Thinking Method, we will participate in an empathy based design sprint to design a physical controller for people with hand impairments using Makey Makey to develop prototypes. Learn Design Thinking by making your own prototypes.
Lesson Design, Facilitation and Assessment
Using research-based frameworks, and assessment rubrics, we will explore methods to design, facilitate and assess Maker Learning projects. We will explore making activities and lesson progressions with a focus on designing meaningful plans and projects for students.
Computational Thinking, Computer Programming and Physical Computing
Using Scratch and Micro:bit, we will explore concepts in computer science like, conditional statements, logic and algorithms while designing projects for students. Learn to design an interactive game in Scratch and build a circuit with a servo motor and responsive lights with Micro:bit. Learn how to integrate these tools across multiple subject areas.
Maker Educator Certificate Assignments
In order to receive the certificate, participants must also complete 4 assignments