The Maker Movement and Standards

The Maker Movement and Standards

This post was written by Carol Gehringer, our Media Coordinator for TK-6th Grade and originally appeared in the 21st Century GRACE Technology Blog on September 22, 2016. 

As you may know, our school is in the process of adding a MakerSpace to our Crossroads campus and MakerCarts to our Raleigh campus. While they will be similar, they will also be different, geared to their target audience.

Why are we doing this?

To recap my earlier post, a makerspace “allows students to be designers, tinkerers, innovators, and creators, to build 21st Century learners with skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.”

As a school, we view teaching technology and teaching with technology as integral components of our curriculum. So why would we be interested in something that is not necessarily high tech? For us, the answer lies in an ISTE blog post from 2014:

“The maker movement values human passion, capability and the ability to make things happen and solve problems anywhere, anytime.”

This is what we want to encourage in all 21st-century learners!

21st-century learners need many skills, and the Maker movement doesn’t back away from tough academic standards.  To read more about ISTE’s standards that are being met by the Maker movement, see The maker movement: A learning revolution (7/21/2014). I’ve listed a few highlights below from the 2014 standards:

ISTE Standards for Students

  • Standard 2: Communication and Collaboration.
  • Standard 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making.
  • Standard 6: Technology Concepts and Operations.
ISTE Standards for Teachers
ISTE Standards for Administrators
ISTE Standards for Technology Coaches
ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators

*Click here for more on the ISTE Standards for Students (2016). MakerSpace activities meet these standards:

  • Empowered Learner
  • Innovative Designer
  • Creative Communicator
The Maker movement is more than a dedicated space, more than an after-school club–it is a movement that is helping our students:

  • Become creators, not just consumers.
  • Try and fail and try again.
  • Strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Meet critical ISTE standards.
I’ll leave you with one more article about the Maker movement and standards: “Building a Makerspace Culture to Support Standards and Learning: 10 Ideas and 16 Resources (July 1, 2016).”

We are very excited about the MakerSpace and MakerCarts at GRACE and can’t wait to see the rigorous and exciting work our students will do!