5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning

eschoolnews | January 21, 2019

5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning
At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. But many times, tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. At St. Albans City School in Vermont, SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, educators encourage the students to find places in their everyday work to incorporate digital resources, especially from their makerspace. In the edWebinar “Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, innovation specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more.St. Albans City School has a dedicated makerspace open to all students from preK-8. In addition to class assignments in the space, open lab time is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value. Although they miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve their personal and educational goals.Here are some examples the student presenters shared about how they’ve used technology at St. Albans.

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There are currently close to 14,000 public school districts across the United States. More than 3.5 million educators work within the schools in those districts. Factor in early childhood, higher education, private and Catholic schools, and other institutions, and those numbers only grow.