WHAT WE DO

MAKER LEARNING

Learning through Making has the power to revolutionize education by empowering students to see themselves in the role of creators as opposed to only consumers. To truly impact student learning, Making and Tinkering should not be confined to just the makerspace, the classroom, or afterschool activities. To truly transform education, one needs to not only build a makerspace but build and sustain a culture of creative expertise, inventive thinking, and effective problem solving. As the Internet of Things extends our human capacity to remake and reconceptualize our environments and how we interact with them, learning and thinking like a Maker become increasingly relevant and valuable.

GROWING CULTURE & PRACTICES

 

  • Accelerating a Maker Culture – we support schools to strategically plan to create a successful maker culture.

  • Professional Development – we provide professional development that supports learning and thinking through Making

CURRICULUM INTEGRATION

  • STEM and STEAM – we provide support and guidance for leveraging Making for enhancing STEM and STEAM learning.

  • Programming – we provide support and guidance for bringing Making and programming into the classroom.

  • Self-Directed Learning – we have created practices that can be adapted to support self-directed learning through Making.

  • Real-World Application and Entrepreneurship – we provide support for schools to enable students to use Making and Entrepreneurship to solve real-world problems.

ASSESSING IMPACT

 

We support schools to audit their Maker culture by assessing:

  • Student Learning during making

  • Student Growth and development

  • Professional Development needs and planning

  • School impact of a Making culture

Please visit www.makerlearning.org for more information.

MAKER AUDIT

The assessment is designed to evaluate the current state of a school’s Maker Learning approach, how that approach and resources are being used to support 21st Century learning and foster innovation with Maker tools and pedagogy that are in line with the school’s mission and vision. This is accomplished through focused dialogue around indicators that show how well Maker Learning has been implemented at the school. The assessment includes input from the school leadership team, department heads, coaches, teachers, students and parents.

 

The audit results in a report that will illustrate the strengths and areas of improvement for the school’s approach to Maker Learning. It offers a clear picture of the school's current status of Maker infrastructure and integration, recommends areas of improvement, and offers specific recommendations for next steps based on standards and best practices.

The Assessment focuses on the following indicators:

  • Vision and purpose of Maker Learning integration

  • Professional development and training of staff

  • Documentation of Maker Learning lessons and protocols

  • Effective use of tools and materials

  • Pedagogical approach to Maker Learning

  • Transition of learning to student-centered approaches

  • Embedded formative assessment

 

Please email info@consiliencelearning.org if you'd like to conduct a Maker Audit at your school.