In the fifties, in many western countries hobby clubs emerged, that shared tools and knowledge. In the eighties, the same happened with computer clubs, sharing a matrix printer or a telephone modem. Now they have a new successor: MILK (made-in-Limerick) labs, Happy Lab Vienna, Protospace Utrecht, Buda Lab Kortrijk, and more generically the Fab Labs, Maker spaces, repair cafés, and hacker spaces. They all focus on making, learning, sharing and empowering.
The popularity of the maker concept has its impact on more and more educational institutes. To motivate their students, to improve their STE(A)M education, many school organise tours to the nearest Fab Lab, promote project activities there or set-up their own Fab Lab embedded in their school. In fact, it is a new trend in social constructivism.
We will shortly introduce you to this new world and reflect on its opportunities and threats for Moodle.