Is It Project-Based Learning, Maker Education or Just Projects?
● Is there an authentic and relevant context directly related to
the students’ lives?
Does the educator incorporate student voice and interests in
its conception and development?
In its implementation, do the students have permission and
freedom to go in a direction that interests them?
In its implementation, does the teacher fade into the
background with students coming into the foreground of
thinking, doing, and discussing?
Are there the venues, space, time, strategies for reflection so
students can construct their own meanings and
Tinkering and Technological Imagination in Educational Technology
Making and Innovation: Balancing Skills-Development, Scaffolding, and Free Play
● Making, creating, innovating, experimenting are
needed now more than ever in this rapidly evolving
world and our children are severely lacking in these
● If these skills are to be integrated into formal and
informal learning settings, some direct instruction
and scaffolding will need to occur.
MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context