A Framework for Maker Education: Frontloading and Reflecting on Maker Experiences

Location: Room 205

Explore and create Preregistration and additional fee required.

Registration code: WF107

Fee: $219 (After May 1, $239)
[Explore and create : Workshop]

Sunday, June 25, 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Location: Room 205

Dr. Jaclyn Gerstein  
Providing a framework for maker activities helps ensure that their use is intentional and they lead to meaningful learning. Educators will directly experience this framework through participating in several cycles of frontloading or framing the activities, doing maker activities and reflecting on them using several types of technology-enhanced methods.

Fee: $219 (After May 1, $239)
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Students : Innovative designer

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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

By the end of this workshop, participants will learn and be able to apply:
• new maker activities that can be brought to their own educational environments including paper circuits, circuit stickers, toy hacking, toy making,
• methods for frontloading or framing the maker experiences,
• a process for reflecting on making for the purposes of increasing learning following each make,
• a variety of technology-based methods or ways for having learners reflect on their maker experiences,
• strategies to bring a similar framework back to one's own work setting.


• Short Introduction to Maker Education - http://www.makereducation.com/ (15 minutes)
• Introduction to Frontloading through providing essential questions; specifying standards; introducing personal skills to be learned; using scenarios; asking questions to help with scaffolding and sequencing the activities; framing the experience as a collaboratively, peer supported activity - https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/framing-and-frontloading-maker-activities/ (15 minutes)
• 1st Make: LED Name Badges - http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Nametag/; Paper Circuits - http://www.makereducation.com/paper-circuits.html; Circuit Stickers - https://chibitronics.com/how-to/ (1.5 hour)
• Reflection on the Making Process - Group Reflection via Reflection Questions and a Maker Reflection Board Game http://www.makereducation.com/reflecting-on-making.html (1 hour)
• Developing Frontloading Strategies - Group Brainstorm - https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/framing-and-frontloading-maker-activities/ (30 minutes)
• 2nd Make: Toy Hack - http://www.makereducation.com/toy-take-apart.html (1 hour)
• 2nd Reflection on the Making Process via Google Slides and other Web 2.0 Tools (e.g., Voki, Interactive Book, Sketch Drawing) http://www.makereducation.com/reflecting-on-making.html (1 hour)
• Group Drawing with LEDs - Developing One's Own Framework for Maker Education (30 minutes)
• Develop Goals for Bringing a Framework for Maker Education Into One’s Own Instructional Setting (30 minutes)

Supporting research

• Schwarz, K. (2016, September 14). Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection. Mindshift.
• Gerstein, J. (2014). The Educator as a Maker Educator eBook. http://www.amazon.com/The-Educator-as-Maker-ebook/dp/B00LYLQT0Y
• Gerstein, J. (2016). Framing and Frontloading Maker Activities. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/framing-and-frontloading-maker-activities/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Reflecting on the Making Process. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/reflecting-on-the-making-process/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). A Perfect Storm for Maker Education. Retrieved from http://blog.iat.com/2015/09/30/a-perfect-storm-for-maker-education/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Team Building Activities That Support Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/team-building-activities-that-support-maker-education-stem-and-steam/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Stages of Being a Maker Educator. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/stages-of-being-a-maker-learner/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Learning About Young Makers. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/learning-about-young-makers/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/promises-to-my-learners-as-a-maker-educator/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Making MAKING More Inclusive. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/making-makeing-more-inclusive/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Becoming a Lifelong Maker: Start Young. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/becoming-a-lifelong-maker-start-young/
• Gerstein, J. (2015). Practicing the Educator as a Maker Educator. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/practicing-the-educator-as-a-maker-mindset/
• Gerstein, J. (2014). Educator as a Maker Educator. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/educator-as-a-maker-educator/
• Gerstein, J. (2014). Maker Education and Experiential Education. Retrieved from http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/maker-education-and-experiential-education/.
• Gerstein. J. (2014). Practicing the Educator as a Maker Educator Mindset. Retrieved from https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/practicing-the-educator-as-a-maker-mindset/
• Gerstein, J. (2013). STEAM and Maker Education: Inclusive, Engaging, Self-Differentiating. Retrieved from http://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/steam-and-maker-education-inclusive-engaging-self-differentiating/
• Heather Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2014). Supporting the Teacher Maker Movement. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/supporting-teacher-maker-movement-heather-wolpert-gawron
• Martinez, S., & Stagar, G. (2013). Invent to Learn. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.
• O'Brien, M. (2011). Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education? PBS Newshour. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science-jan-june11-makerfaire_06-29/.
• Stewart, L. (2014). Maker Movement Reinvents Education. Newsweek. Retrieved from http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/19/maker-movement-reinvents-education-268739.html.
• Vanderwerff, A. (2014). Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide. EdSurge. Retrieved from https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-05-14-makers-in-the-classroom-a-how-to-guide?utm_content=bufferea0ff



Dr. Jaclyn Gerstein, Boise State U. & Santa Fe Public School

Dr. Jackie Gerstein's byline is, "I don't do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing . . . and technology has amplified my passion for doing so." She teaches graduate-level online courses in educational technology for Boise State, Walden, and Western's Governors' Universities; and teaches elementary-level gifted education. Her background includes a strong focus on experiential and adventure learning, which she brings into her online teaching. She believes that one of the roles and responsibilities of the 21st century educator is to share resources, ideas, and instructional strategies with other educators. She blogs at https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @jackiegerstein.

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