Empowering Learners through a Maker Mindset

Empowering Learners through a Maker Mindset

Everyone has heard of the ‘maker movement’, but what does it look like in practice? How can I have students ‘make’ things in class with purpose in an already otherwise crowded curriculum? The session would cover how to tap into student interests in order to take their passions further by giving them choice and voice and agency over their learning. Participants will begin by analyzing their school or classroom needs and environment and create an action plan of implementing personalized learning in their classroom, curriculum or community. iTime is not merely just making something or FREE time. It is a carefully planned deep-dive inquiry into a child’s passion that lasts between 4-6 weeks that goes from planning to process to product with clear learning objectives and goals.

Session Audience:

Elementary, Design and STEM/STEAM, Information literacy / Library, EAL, Tech coaches, coordinators, integrators, etc

Session Goals:

  • To understand how to identify learner passions and know how to support them

  • To understand basic iTime management strategies- to deal with 25 projects. At ONCE

  • To understand how to resource these projects

  • To understand the iTime cycle and how to ensure student success (while lowering teacher stress)

  • To appreciate the importance of student JUST IN TIME feedback and supportĀ Strategies to help your admin/colleagues understand the maker mindset and its importance in education

Session Outcomes:

  • Participants will create an iTime action plan to put into place in their classroom from planning, management, process to product and presentation and assessment.

Presenter Bio:

Jason is a school leader in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has been an international educator for over 25 years and is a Lead Facilitator for IBO PYP Online Programmes, as well as an IBO workshop leader and IBO workshop developer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Graduate Diploma of Education, CELTA Certification and a Master of Business Administration in Leadership. Jason has presented at many international conferences including EARCOS. Jason is a COETAIL graduate and coach and enjoys using learning technologies to enhance learning in his professional practice and those of his learners. He is a Google Certified Educator & Trainer, Google Innovator, and a Common Sense Media Ambassador and is currently completing his Doctoral degree at an Australian University. Jason blogs at The Learning Journey and, believing strongly in the importance of being a connected learner, he is passionate about sharing learning with others. You can also find Jason on Twitter @jasongraham99