Makerspaces have recently entered educational discussions as a way to develop
the problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and digital skills needed for the 21st
century. But there is an added affordance – makerspaces as powerful learning
environments for teachers, as delineated in the Teacher Effectiveness Framework
(TEF), (2009). Inherent in the design of makerspaces are opportunities for teacher
collaboration and valuable feedback through multiple iterative learning designs,
as well as long-term reflection and application of learning. This article describes a
primary school’s makerspace journey 1.0, and the opportunities it provided for
teachers to apply what they were learning from the TEF.
Werklund School of Education, Galileo Educational Network
Becker, S., O'Connell, L., & Wuitschik, L. (2016, May). Professional Learning in the Makerspace: Embodiment of the Teaching Effectiveness Framework. In M. Takeuchi, A.P. Preciado Babb, & J. Lock. IDEAS 2016: Designing for Innovation Selected Proceedings. Paper presented at IDEAS 2016: Designing for Innovation, Calgary, Canada (pg 22-30). Calgary, Canada: Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.