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The Maker Educator Workshop

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I have done-am doing full day workshops on The Maker Educator both at ISTE 2016 and EduTECH in Australia. What follows is both the description-goals and an overview of the workshop’s learning activities.

Workshop Description, Goals, and Outline


Being a maker educator requires developing a new mindset; a new set of skills and roles. Discover, through this workshop, first, a process for reflecting on making through creating circuits and hacked toys, and second, through a self-assessment, the mindset characteristics of an educator who is embracing making education. This workshop is designed for educators who are and want to integrate maker education into their instructional settings.


By the end of this workshop, participants will learn and be able to apply:

  • new maker activities that can be brought to their own educational environments
  • a process for reflecting on making for the purposes of increasing learning following each make
  • the characteristics and qualities of an educator as a maker educator: (lead learner, safe environment manager, relationship builder and enabler, process facilitator, resource suggester and provider, normalizer of ambiguous problem finding and solving,  technology tutor, feedback facilitator, tour guide of learning possibilities)
  • an assessment tool for evaluating the maker mindset of educators,
  • a process for identifying goals to increase one’s potential to be a maker educator.


  • Short Introduction to Maker Education – Video
  • Frontloading and Framing the Maker Activity
  • 1st Make – Paper Circuits and LED projects
  • Reflect on the Making Process
  • Develop Personal Goals for Next Make
  • Introduction to 2nd Make: Maker Education and Social Emotional Learning
  • 2nd Make – Toy Hack or Soldering Project
  • 2nd Reflection on the Making Process
  • Personal Assessment of Mindset of a Maker Educator
  • Review Characteristics of the Mindset of a Maker Educator
  • Group Drawing with LEDs – The Maker Educator
  • Develop Goals for Making in One’s Own Instructional Setting

Workshop Activities

Introducing Maker Education 

Frontloading the Maker Activity

Frontloading Maker Activities

Making Paper Circuits and LED Projects



Reflecting on the Making Process Through Playing “A Maker Reflection Board Game” & Developing Personal Goals for Next Make

maker game best

Documenting Learning and Developing Personal Goals Participants will document, reflect on their learning, and develop goals for their next make either through a shared Google Presentation or a Shared Wikispace.

Introducing the Second Make: Maker Education and Social Emotional Learning

makng and SEL

Doing a Second Make: Toy Hacking and/or Soldering and/or Sew Electrics




 Reflecting and Documenting a Second Time

a making reflection


Exploring the Characteristics of the Maker Educator

educator as a maker educator


Creating a LED Enhanced Educator a a Maker Educator Poster




Developing Goals and Strategies for Bringing It Back to One’s Work Setting



Workshop Slide Deck

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

March 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

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  1. Thanks for the detailed and clear instructions.


    March 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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