I’ve been following the “maker” movement for a long time. The core idea is to shift from a “consumer” mindset to a “maker” mindset — one that is creative, Do-It-Yourself (Do-It-Yourself-With-Others), open-source, and collaborative. What’s fascinating to me is that folks at Mozilla (the makers of Firefox) and many others in the tech world have picked up on Maker culture more than MOOCs as a new model for learning and teaching, with the core practice being to empower others with the tools to create (or to learn the tools we need to create something we want). They range from purely artistic and aesthetic to political and educational. Creation ranges from “crafts” — textiles, knitting, etc. — to writing (see link below), to technology — programming, web design, app development.
While Ed folks have been looking toward MOOCs and MOOCification, with more and more happening in online contexts, Makers have been using the internet to organize local gatherings in-person.
Over the next month, I’m going to spend some serious time thinking about the intersections between MOOCification and MAKERification (a word I might be inventing?). Anyone have thoughts on this?
Here are a few collected Maker links
TC Maker – Maker group located in Twin Cities
Hive Learning Network
New York Maker Faire
New York City Resistor
Maker Faire Africa Manifesto
Writing as Making / Making as Writing