Taking up the promise of the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum: Taking Making into Classrooms Toolkit and companion online experience
Abstract: The Maker Movement has been steadily gaining traction in educational settings globally. Combined with a design thinking process, it invites educators and students to engage in active production rather than passive consumption of products, media, materials and objects (Martinez & Stager, 2013). In one province in Canada, the K-12 curriculum has been reframed around applied design, skills and technologies (ADST) with the intention of “building on students' natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and work in practical ways. It harnesses the power of learning by doing, and provides the challenging fun that inspires students to dig deeper, work with big ideas, and adapt to a changing world (British Columbia Ministry of Education, 2015). In partnership with industry, higher education and K-12, a Taking Making into Classrooms Toolkit and supporting online experience were created to assist educators in taking up the promise of the ADST curriculum as both a domain of study as well as a pedagogical stance. This interactive presentation will discuss the online resources and their use in multiple settings. After taking part in this session, it is expected that the audience will be better able to: (1) understand design thinking and making to problem find; (2) appreciate how a blended immersive professional development experience can be created, and (3) reflect on the implications for students and educators for incorporating design thinking and making into their practice.
Presider: Anne-Marie Armstrong, Freelance Instructional Designer