I’ve been doing a lot of learning about making and makered in classrooms and schools over the past year. There are so many possibilities and directions to go with this type of inquiry and project based learning and it can bring so much to classrooms that I am constantly interested in the new ideas it can bring.
But I have a question about it.
Who (like what schools) are installing / renovating to include makerspaces?
Making in classrooms can be done relatively cheaply. From old electronics and cardboard to purchasing a few electronics kits, the possibilities can grow pretty fast for relatively cheaply. But, on the other hand, the sky can be the limit for the money that you can spend. Purpose built spaces with expensive work tables and shelving, combined with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, kits and consumables can place some of these ideas out of the reach of many schools.
I’m wondering about this. I’ve tracked down pictures that teachers have posted of some beautiful spaces and information about their programs. But I’m also noticing that many of these people work on the private school system. Looking at some of the schools, many of them have high tuition fees and amazing facilities.
Is this a new form of digital divide?
Is the issue making the money available to purchase things? Is the issue the type of curriculum that is emphasized in schools with different socio economic populations nd the type of learning that is envisioned as being valuable?
Always questions to consider.