Analogies are powerful tools to explain complex or new ideas in a way that we already understand. Many of us remember learning about the parts of a cell and that the “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. I don’t remember much more than that, but the comparison of the organelle to a power plant … Continue reading Analogy of the Maker Learning Matrix
There is a third axis on our Maker Learning Matrix. It is the application of maker learning across all areas of subject matter. I believe there are huge benefits to bringing a maker mindset to any subject and situation. Making is not something relegated to the makerspace. It has been happening all along in Art … Continue reading Subject Matter – the third axis
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 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 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
Apprenticeship describes the short-term and high-structure quadrant of our Maker Learning Matrix. This is facilitator-led learning through directive projects in which one would develop essential skills by learning established practices.Our goals here are to address the gap between the known and the desire to know. The tension that comes from discovery - between what was … Continue reading Apprenticeship – The “workout” of maker learning
Discovery describes the short-term and low-structure quadrant of our Maker Learning Matrix. It is defined by low or non-directive creative tinkering sessions that can lead to vital “A ha!” moments or, just as importantly, simple moments that lead to more tinkering. Tinkering is a way to mix existing personal experiences with unfamiliar stimuli - tools, … Continue reading Discovery – Tinkering is vital