Independent School’s Victoria (ISV), invited Adobe Education to be involved with their first ever Maker Fest this week. The Fest involved a range of activities for teachers and students with an aim to encourage students to construct, tinker and learn lots in the process.
One of the highlights for the teachers was hearing from Adrian Camm, Head of Teaching and Learning at The Geelong College. Adrian is passionate about progressive education methods and he shared some of his experiences and philosophies. He recommended five key points for school leaders to follow to make a difference …
- Create a shared vision among the staff & students
- Switch from passive to active learning in the classroom
- Provide permission
- Make your default answer to requests “yes”
- Always remind people (especially teachers) that they are awesome
Other highlights of the day included seeing a number of students working with robots and circuits and simple programming applications to solve problems and build things.
The students worked in groups and were given the opportunity to share what they had made and learned to the visiting teachers.
I had the pleasure of showing the teachers some of the great Adobe resources, including the Adobe Education Exchange which now involves close to 350,000 teachers globally. The Adobe Spark products were also popular at this event.
It was also great catching up with my friend Luke Kerr from who is making a big difference in the area of STEM education with his team at Real Time Learning.
The maker movement in education is the latest adaptation of Seymour Papert’s Constructionist Learning theory. I’ve often referred to Professor Papert as the godfather of ICT integration in education. His learning theory supports a student-focused, inquiry approach to teaching and learning where students use existing information to build new knowledge. With this approach, students learn through doing with a project-based focus, making connections between various ideas facilitated by the teacher rather than dictated by the teacher.
Click here for my article about the recent passing of the great Seymour Papert.
Special congratulations to Lynda Cutting, Irene Anderson, Melinda Hargreaves and the rest of the ISV team for making this day such a success. I’m looking forward to being involved again in 2017.