On-Site Support Services
Our On-site support services offer expert assistance to teams and schools through weeklong consultancies in order to make appropriate decisions in their Maker Integrations and Programs.
The focus of our on-site support is always the learner and/or the school with the primary goal of empowerment and self-direction. The expert spends time on empathizing and addressing the needs in their context rather than delivering something that is canned and ready-made.
All of our On-site services culminate in a report for the Leadership of a school to provide a summary, identify opportunities and roadblocks, detail observations, and recommendations for further progress.
Hosting a Program
This program only operates at a host school and runs for a cohort of their teachers.
Integrating Maker Into the Curriculum
This service ensures that educators in the school are prepared with a Curriculum Framework that supports student-centered learning, connections to the curricular content, and the development of students’ Maker Mindsets. The service utilizes a mixture of hands-on application, personalized instruction, collaborative content creation and in-classroom coaching with our expert to effectively integrate Maker Learning projects and activities throughout the curriculum.
The service builds on the foundation of educators in a division for leveraging Making with STEAM tools. It addresses the Essential Conditions listed in the table below.
Maker projects give students agency, empower students to own their learning, make meaningful decisions, and support their ability to connect to content throughout the curriculum. The curriculum includes numerous instances of cross- disciplinary Making.
Planning, teaching, assessment, and activities are focused on the learner and incorporate their needs, their abilities, and their interests. Students are active participants in the learning and make meaningful decisions while Making.
Educators have a shared vision for what Maker Learning should look like at their school and in the classroom. This vision is the foundation for all Maker activities that occur throughout the curriculum and indicators are visible.
Educators are empowered to be leaders in using Maker Learning throughout the school community, including creating activities, working on personal projects, and organizing school-wide Making events.
Educators create and follow a plan for STEM & Maker activity implementation that is aligned with a shared vision, effectively uses resources, and engages the student community in developing their Maker Mindsets.
Ongoing Professional Learning
Maker Learning professional learning opportunities are ongoing and relevant to the needs of the stakeholders in the community. The stakeholders have appropriate support as well as time to plan and practice their skills.
How it Works
This service supports integration through co-planning and co-teaching with teachers in a division. Our on-site guide provides coaching to ensure teachers are becoming more self-directed in their use of Making and that the Essential Conditions above are met. After the on-site support is completed, a report is delivered to the Leadership that includes a detailed summary of what was done as well as an assessment of the opportunities and roadblocks.
This occurs through a series of collaborative meetings with the educators in a division. These meetings are one-on-one and/or with grade/subject-area teams based on needs. Through this support, we work with educators to identify lessons and units throughout the curriculum that are opportunities to use Making to deepen student learning and engagement.
We support educators to progress past common roadblocks including:
Achieving Learning Outcomes
Identifying Tools, Materials, and Technologies
Collecting and Creating Example Projects
This occurs through in-classroom support as our expert works alongside educators as a collaborator in facilitating a Maker Engagement, models effective instruction, supports a rigorous and engaging learning environment, provides feedback, and promotes reflection. This supports educators in quickly building the confidence for impactful Maker Learning in their classrooms and guidance in further building their skills and capacities.
We support educators to progress past common roadblocks through:
Providing Formative Feedback
Having Reflective Conversations
Improving Implementation through Modelling