Growth Mindset, PEAK and the Maker Mindset – “enough to be dangerous”

Growth Mindset, is a term coined by Carol Dweck and written about extensively in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. My understanding is that a person with a growth mindset believes one can learn anything and is capable to continue doing so. In contrast is the fixed mindset in which one believes one … Continue reading Growth Mindset, PEAK and the Maker Mindset – “enough to be dangerous”

The Maker Movement is Access

When I’m asked about the maker movement -  I say that it’s much about access. Five internet-driven trends are powering the maker movement: Tools and materials - Programmable devices (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc)Digital fabrication (additive 3D - printing - and subtractive - Laser cutting, CNC routers - technologies)Cheap, free or shared softwareDirect to consumer global … Continue reading The Maker Movement is Access

Scrimmages – Coachable opportunities through Instant Challenges.

Scrimmages are in the center of our Maker Learning Matrix. Scrimmages in sports are the full-go practice version of a real game. Players use this time to test out their individual skills, their ability to collaborate with other team positions and their ability to apply learned methods to new and changing situations.  Coaches use this … Continue reading Scrimmages – Coachable opportunities through Instant Challenges.

Collaboration – Combining strengths on Design Challenges

Collaboration describes the long-term and high-structure quadrant of our Maker Learning Matrix. Full-on design thinking is at work here as we contribute our strengths toward bigger opportunities. The outward focus of these challenges builds a sense of empathy for the users of our solutions and for our collaborators contributing their own strengths and motivations. Collaboration … Continue reading Collaboration – Combining strengths on Design Challenges

Personal Development – Meaningful application and deeper learning

Personal Development describes the long-term and low-structure quadrant of our Maker Learning Matrix. Experiences, preferences and passions - combined with newly learned skills and concepts - ratchet up the knowledge baseline as the learning is self-determined. We have now internalized the motivation for learning what is needed in order to satisfy the goal of completing … Continue reading Personal Development – Meaningful application and deeper learning