Using Makerspaces

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What is a Makerspace?

Definition - a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.


The Activating Learners online learning introduced offering Makerspaces to engage students. For example, you can create a maker space for students to demonstrate learning of key concepts on the key events of the Civil War. Maker activities can include both physical and digital products.


Here's a brief list of response options that you can list in a Maker Space for this unit.

  • Demonstrate what you've learned as a puppet show
  • Develop a 5-10 minute video mockumentary or skit (see the example created here on the Boxer Rebellion)
  • Create a video/audio interactive media art installation
  • Create a diorama of the event with a QR Code info people can access via their phone
  • Create a poster with key information embedded in QR Codes
  • Develop a mini wiki on the topic


Do you have any other creative ideas? Think about how these pieces could also help your students achieve learning targets and meet standards. Please add them to comments below.


Montage of Makerspace craft activities


You can see a whole gallery of maker spaces here.

Makerspaces are one way to help engage students and practice formative assessment. Interested in diving into more formative assessment content and activities?

Learn more about the workshops for Formative Instructional Practice.


You can also engage in discussions in the Formative Assessment Lobby.