Maker Ed Resources Help College Learn & Connect

Thanks to Jakki Spicer, Director of Development, MakerEd who offered the following links to resources that may be helpful to colleges developing makerspaces.

Professional Development:

  • General information on our PD offerings and events
  • Free online, self-paced PD modules
  • Information about our previously offered facilitated online course; this will be offered again in 2017
  • Information about our 2016 Maker Educator Convening; another will be held May 16-17, 2017
  • The US Dept of Ed’s CTE Makeover Challenge Bootcamp; this includes resources from Maker Ed as well as other organizations. The original focus was on high schools, but, particularly because of the CTE focus, these may prove useful for Community Colleges as well
  • Micro-credentials: help guide educators towards the acquisition of research backed, expert-assessed skills or competencies on specific maker educator tasks, and provide digital badges for educators
  • Research: we have publications both on Highlights of Select Literatureon makerspaces, and research into maker educator communities

Portfolios:

  • General information on our portfolio work
  • Publications(free pdf format; includes Research Briefs from Phase I and a Practical Guide; Research Briefs from Phase II will be available soon)
  • Hard copies of the Research Briefs and the Practical Guide
  • Portfolio news; this has information about past and upcoming Open Portfolio Project workshops (we generally hold one in late Winter/early Spring in Palo Alto), new publications, and other relevant news.

Online Community:

  • Maker Ed’s Twitterand Facebook feeds showcase and link to great communities and resources for maker educators
  • Maker Ed’s Google+community might also prove helpful

Other Resources:

  • Maker Ed’s Youth Makerspace Playbook, available as a free pdf or for purchase as a hard copy
  • Maker Ed’s Resource Library, which includes both Maker Ed and external resources for a wide range of maker education needs
  • Maker Ed’s blog, which highlights our work as well as other maker education work we’re excited about