Webinar: Constructing a Maker’s Mindset with DIY Materials

Today, Victoria Davila, Instructional Designer for Wonder Workshop, and I hosted one of our monthly edWeb webinars, where we dove into the idea of “Constructing a Maker’s Mindset with DIY Materials.”

“Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals: we make tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.”

– Adam Savage

With the emphasis on 21st-century learning skills and the 4C’s, the maker’s movement is finding its way into everyday classrooms, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Wonder Workshop’s mission is all about inspiring kids to imagine and invent their future, and the maker’s movement also encourages this hands-on “learning by doing” coupled with a “fail forward” mindset.

Receive a CE certificate from edWeb after watching our hour-long webinar.

We talked through some of the origins of the maker’s movement, and some of the research, and then we dove into ways that a maker’s mindset connects with many modern teaching practices — ones that you probably are already using in your classrooms. We shared a laundry list of great resources, from videos, to blog articles, to organizations’ websites chock-full of free materials. We recognize that not all schools can have a full-blown makerspace or “fab lab” tomorrow, but we tried to give several concrete steps for how to begin by embracing a maker’s mindset in your room design and classroom activities.

Victoria also shared some of our design process here at Wonder Workshop for our award-winning Sketch Kit accessory for Dash and Cue. The idea was inspired by kids’ creations shared with us over the past couple of years. Out of the mouths of babes!






Check out the archived, hour-long webinar (you will receive a time-stamped CE certificate after watching it) and our resource list. And find other archived webinars on edWeb or our YouTube channel. Join us this coming Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:00 p.m. EST, for our next free webinar: Your Complete Guide to the Hour of Code. Register today!