On April 28, 2017, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, we had the opportunity to partake in the CONNECT Education Conference as a spotlight speaker. Our fearless leader, Janette Hughes, began the session explaining what a Maker Pedagogy is and how that can be implicated within Digital Age Learning (more commonly known as 21st Century Learning). Our goal as educators, is to ensure our students have the skills and tools necessary to succeed once they graduate. Implementing a Maker Culture into schools is the method that Dr. Hughes proposes, to help realize this goal. In her Spotlight session, Dr. Hughes stresses the fact that Maker Cultures encourage 21st century competencies such as innovation, collaboration, creative and critical thinking, perseverance, self-monitoring, reflection and communication.
To learn more about Dr. Hughes’ research and the importance of Maker Cultures and the competencies that come with the culture and how they impact Ontario graduates, scroll down to watch the Spotlight Session.