This Is Not The End
This isn’t the end of our findings. We had started this process with a hypothesis of how technology could
be leveraged to enhance student learning at our local partner school. The “How” led us to:
Building a trusting and long-term relationship with our partner school
Understanding what their needs are before we make assumptions
Empower the teachers with the tools, skills, and knowledge of making through a constructivist
approach. Helping teachers see the value in developing a maker mindset and how technology
plays a key role in that.
Kickstarting the process by engaging with the students
To be able to accept technology in the daily practice, teachers must start to see the importance of using
it. Did we really shift anything? This goes back to our learning #4 Making the shift takes time. Small steps
are key, and we believe that our prototyping thus far with our local partner school has been successful.
With the shift in thinking that we see amongst the teachers, and the enthusiasm among the students to
continue making, we believe we’ve made progress.
Our next steps include going through their elementary school curriculum and understanding their needs.
Is there a way teachers could use laptops to teach sections of math or science or social studies classes?
If there is, what would this look like? Once we’ve gone over a few examples, we will train the teachers
through this process so that they can lead the way for their students. Technology is all about providing
students with the tools necessary to navigate the world today, and if this tool is used well, it could
transform learning in any environment. We’ll probably have a few bumps along the way but as long as
we keep the users’ needs at the core, we’ll find a way to iterate.