Maker Education: For the Good of the Global Community

One of the key components of the Maker Movement is the strengthening of community. Whether one’s maker network is comprised of a homeroom class, a public maker space filled with hobbyists of all ages, or an online help forum, makers depend on other makers for knowledge and skills but also as a responsive audience with whom to share their ideas and creations. In order for people around the world to learn from and share with the largest audience possible, English is an invaluable tool.

The infographic below shows a few ways in which maker education, through its use of the constructivist approach in teaching STEAM skills, paralleled with the communicative approach for EFL instruction, opens doors for people around the world to contribute to the global community thus addressing predicted labor concerns over the next few decades.

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References

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Dobbs, R., Madgavkar, A., Barton, D., Labaye, E., Manyika, J., Roxburgh, C., Lund, S., Madhav, S. (2012). The world at work: Jobs, pay, and skills for 3.5 billion people. Retrieved from  McKinsey Global Institute: http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/employment-and-growth/the-world-at-work

Halverson, E.R. & Sheridan, K. (2014). The Maker Movement in Education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495-503.

Huttner-Koros, Adam. (2015). The Hidden Bias of Science’s Universal Language. Retrieved from:  http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/08/english-universal-language-science-research/400919/

Mastin, Luke. (2011). The History of English: English Today. Retrieved from: http://www.thehistoryofenglish.com/history_today.html

O’Donnell, A. (2012). Constructivism. In APA Educational Psychology Handbook: Vol. 1. Theories, Constructs, and Critical Issues. K. R. Harris, S. Graham, and T. Urdan (Editors-in-Chief). Washgington, DC: American Psychological Association. DOI: 10.1037/13273-003.

Robinson, Sir Ken. (2011). Educating the Heart and Mind: The Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, Educating the Heart Series [Online video]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1A4OGiVK30

Sheridan, K., Halverson, E.R., Brahms, L., Jacobs-Priebe, L., & Owens, T. (2014). Learning in the Making: A Comparative Case Study of Three Makerspaces. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 505-531.

Thornbury, Scott. (2010). C of for Communicative. Retrieved from: https://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/c-is-for-communicative/

Unbabel Blog. (2015). Top Languages of the Internet, Today and Tomorrow. Retrieved from: https://blog.unbabel.com/2015/06/10/top-languages-of-the-internet/

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