When reflecting on the feedback from our first Open Day and PLD last week teachers appreciated our way of delivering both the session and the resources - via an iTunes U course. Many had never heard of the tool before and were intrigued at how easy it was to have a rich 'kete' of learning (either for teacher or student). I have added a 'What's it all about' video to this post to give you all an insight into what makes our Makerspace tick and what my thinking is behind it. After completing my post grad this year and digging deep into the research behind Makerspaces I feel confident and reassured in the direction we are heading. I had some interesting conversations about play based learning with teachers last week. In my opinion (and I have the data to back this up), play based learning alone in a primary school environment is NOT enough. It needs to be more than this, more directed, more supported, with questions to provoke and encourage deeper thinking. I'm not saying there isn't a place for play based learning in the Early Years - just don't throw the 'baby out with the bath water'. Our Makerspace is NOT technology based, it is curiosity based, it is technology enhanced. Pedagogy is the vehicle and technology is the accelerator!
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.