In a previous post, I blogged about how I intend to use the new 2016 ISTE Standards for Students to inform my implementation of a makerspace in my 5th grade classroom.
My students are seated in learning teams of four students per group. My intention is to give groups a chance to reserve our classroom makerspace in order innovate solutions to problems that they encounter. Ideally, our makerspace would be open and available to all of the class, all of the time, but space and resource limitations will make it necessary to take turns.
Participation in makerspace activities will be extracurricular and voluntary. Students who choose to complete makerspace projects will be rewarded in experience points in Classcraft, our classroom gamification platform, for their efforts. Students will be encouraged to record and document their planning and design process digitally, and rewarded for doing so. Projects will culminate in a presentation for their classmates to take place during homeroom period in the morning. All projects will be shared on Classting, our class social media platform, for feedback and comments from peers and parents.
Here are links to the rubric and proposal worksheets and a brief exemplar presentation. I'll let you know in a future post how it all works out in class!
Here are some ways that ‘digitizing’ assignments to meet ISTE’s standards can improve and enrich student learning. As an example, I’ll describe how I intend to use the standards to inform my implementation of a makerspace within my 5th grade classroom next semester.
These are just a few of the ways that our classroom makerspace, already a great chance for authentic learning and innovation, can be made an even richer experience by working to meet ISTE’s Student Standards. What are some other ways to improve our makerspace experience with tech? Share your ideas in the comments section!
UPDATE (2016-7-7): I've created some resources and an exemplar for my students to use during their makerspace presentations. Check it out!
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 15 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.