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We learned that the term "maker" can mean a wide variety of things and defining what it means is a necessary prerequisite.

We learned that the term "maker" can mean a wide variety of things and defining what it means is a necessary prerequisite.

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Dan commented on What is Maker?

It was fun meeting you and having a great discussion. 

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Dan commented on What is Maker?

I've been conditioned to view it more narrowly as a maker space idea where students can get hands on experience with primarily technological object. They can create and explore with tangible items and sometimes end up creating some object or device. I tend to like the broader definition that says any creating is making, whether that be writing a poem or essay, making a PowerPoint presentation, building a birdhouse or programming a computer.
Our coversation began with "is focusing on maker spaces and making a good idea?" The narrow view described about can be very expensive and is it worth the money? Is what is being pushed aside to make room for making an acceptable trade off. In order to answer these questions and have a useful discussion though, "maker"must be defined.