Participants worked on a variety of learning activities, including:
Using visual notetaking as well as info- and sketch-doodling in
deconstructing Annie Dilliard’s An American Childhood and
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.
Using Universal Methods of Design as a basis, reimagining the
standard city bus stop through bodystorming, interviewing,
critical incident techniques, surveys, personas and
Using curated, interest-driven research in tandem with the
creation of graphic representations in a maker space for middle
school English and arts.
Marymount attendees will be recreating this workshop for our own
faculty at a professional development day in spring 2016.
The Making and Learning Institute, an institute within Marymount for
Professional Learning, sought to explore a new paradigm in professional
development by immersing participants in a maker culture. In the first
year, the Institute ran some thirteen events, attended by 220 faculty and
administrators from seventy-five schools in eleven states. These
programs were facilitated by twenty Marymount faculty, thirty
Marymount students and five guest speakers. We have sought to offer a
wide variety of learning experiences for attendees that broaden their
understanding of maker education.
There are still challenges ahead. While we have been successful in
attracting early adopters in Maker Education to the program, we struggle
to address the needs of emerging leaders in this area. Furthermore, as
we continue to expand our definition of making, we risk the possibility of
diluting the program further.
To that end, we are seeking innovative strategies to continue to evolve
the program. These include: