MAKE is a movement that has been sweeping the nation – According to Dale Dougherty, “we are all makers” – at the 2011 TED conference he inspired the tech community with an incredible speech.
With gratitude to the Creativity Labs and Kylie Peppler, Ph.D., I was invited to help coordinate the first Make-to-Learn Symposium due to my work with the Labs and my current research in interest-driven, digital making & learning. As part of a rather large team, I assisted in brainstorming, networking, coordinating, and creating a workshop style conference for researchers and practitioners regarding the affordances of the MAKE movement spreading globally!
Planning this event has definitely been an incredible experience – one I will draw upon for all my career. I worked on designing the website and social networks to market the event, photographed/recorded the event, and networked with MakerStation hosts. Beyond my role as the marketing assistant – I also brainstormed ideas for research and held conversations with peers regarding the Maker Movement and learning.
While working at the Symposium, I had an opportunity to “hang out,” “tinker,” and “make” with others (Ito, 2009; Papert, 1991; and Dougherty, 2011). In addition to making photos and videos of the workshop and panels, I also hacked toys, hacked a t-shirt, and made a cardboard arcade game. I shared these artifacts by showing them to peers in person, making photos and posting on Instagram and Facebook, and now I am sharing via my blog/site. The sharing has led to some reflections about my experience.
Some of those reflections were silent, self- reflections…..questions I thought about and later wrote down to recall at another time in the future. Other moments of reflection were conversations I held with peers. Reviewing these conversations, several themes emerged leading to a few questions:
What are your questions? We’ve started engaging in this conversation formally – but what about informally? Please share your questions, feedback, and your thoughts – I look forward to being a part of this conversation.
We are all makers. -Dale Dougherty