For the past four years, Maker Ed has brought together maker educators from all over the country to share and learn together at the Maker Educator Convening. This year’s Convening centered on themes of equity, accessibility, and sustainability. Over the course of two days, throughout each workshop, presentation, and project, educators had the opportunity to reflect on their own practice and how they are incorporating these values into their work. In our last newsletter, we shared a research-based infographic about creating inclusive and culturally relevant maker learning programs. As we continue to support your efforts to bring quality making experiences to students, we look forward to offering new resources and opportunities for creating an accessible and inviting culture of making for all.

Watch recordings of this year’s Maker Educator Convening Keynote and Plenary session Making as a Tool of Social Justice on edWeb:

Who’s Making in Our Spaces: Examining Equity, Accessibility, & Sustainability in Maker-Centered Learning
In this talk, Paula Mitchell discusses some of the most timely issues facing maker education. She shares personal stories from her experience as an educator and instructional coach in maker-centered learning at Grass Valley Elementary School and with Agency by Design in Oakland.

Maker Ed Plenary: Making as a Tool of Social Justice
Drawing on themes from the keynote, this panel brings together researchers, educators, and students to discuss the opportunities and challenges of creating maker programs that center on Equity, Accessibility, & Sustainability.

Read Maker Ed’s Recap of the Convening

 

Resources and Opportunities 

Celebrate Media Literacy Week (Nov 5-9) 

When people think about maker education they often picture a 3D printer, arduino board, or even a whole bunch of cardboard boxes to build with; but, making comes in many forms and one of the most accessible and valuable is making media.

This project guide helps students learn about product design and filmmaking through a set of practice activities, projects, and video challenges. These experiences culminate in a final project: redesigning an everyday object and creating a documentary video that tells the story of the process.

The Meridian Stories’ experience is about providing students with the chance to explore content deeply through media-based Challenges while expanding their collaborative, creative and digital literacies. Visit Meridian Stories Resources for free guides related to production and digital rules. Meridian Stories is offering a reduced registration fee to schools who are interested in joining their annual competitions. If interested, please contact the Executive Director, Brett Pierce at brett@meridianstories.com

KQED developed a stack of micro-credentials with Digital Promise to support and recognize educators engaging in effective media literacy instruction with their students.