Maker Project Reflection

This project was especially interesting. It was a time that we took a step back from learning and we were the teachers. We got to teach our fellow classmates how to make something. This projects was a way to learn without feeling like we were leaning. I learned how to use technological tools that I had never used before. I also learned how to make things through my other classmates. I was also able to share a couple of things that I know how to make with others, that will hopefully benefit them in the future. Since we shared these things using technology maybe even others will view our creations and learn how to make something. All the way around this project used various types of learning and was very beneficial.

I chose to make soup for one of my maker challenges. I can remember in the third grade our class did something similar to a maker faire. Everyone in the class had to make something and then present it to the class with a visual aid. Technology was not as prominent back then, so most people made a poster or something of that sort. However, a few students made a video to show the class. Most people made some sort of food and then brought the food to class. I remember loving this project, because we got to do something creative and of course eating all types of food was cool too! It definitely supports k12 learning. In elementary school you could even ask them to make something that is particular to their culture. This gives the students an opportunity to share where they come from. It will be a project they enjoy and learn a lot about their fellow classmates. In a higher level class you could ask them to make something particular to a certain topic. I see this working especially well in a history classroom when talking about different time periods and cultures.

This project definitely supports Universal Design Learning.  It motivates learners because it is something different and is a way for students to be creative. Since we did two projects and represented them in different ways it provided opportunities for everyone to learn. It was not directed and one individual learner. We showed a variety of skills in each project. Also, anyone can have access to these projects making this a universal project that benefits everyone and anyone can learn from it. Some people learn better in certain ways. I personally learn by doing. Hands on projects is when I do my best learning and can actually fully grasp the content. So for myself and people that learn like me actually making something supported my learning. People that learn visually also could physically see how something was made by looking at any of the various projects. It was a way for all types of learners to learn.

It supports student voice because we were able to use different apps and other technology to support learning. Personally, I used snap guide and flipagram. I had never used snap guide so I was able to learn a new tool for learning. After using it I think I will use it again to do other things, it was very helpful. We had previously made a flipagram before so I knew how to work it and was able to express and expand my knowledge as a global collaborator by using these two tools.

We were able to use technology in ways that supported education.  As a future teacher, I learned one tool that I have never used before and I think would be very useful in my future classroom. We used educational technology to show how we made something. We were also able to display it to the class using technology. Since we created snapguides, flipagrams, videos, etc. they are there for anyone to watch and also learn how to make something.  Anyone can access these guides and how to’s so we used technology in a way that benefits others and not just us or our class individually.

Overall, I really liked this project. There was a lot of variation and we had many options to choose from, which was nice. I had fun doing my projects. I used the soup all week and ate it for many meals, so that was definitely beneficial. I was also able to share something very simple to make with others. Iced coffee can be bought for over $3 , so hopefully I saved some people a little money teaching them how to do it themselves. It was interesting to see what other people made. I know I will for sure use some of the guides to replicate some people’s projects. It was cool to see the things that people made, because some of them were distinct to their culture or hobbies so I got to learn a lot about my classmates just through this project.

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