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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Maker Movement and its Implications for Learning

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The Maker movement and its implications for learning

In this panel, we explore the intersection of theories of design and learning with the larger Maker movement -- a fast-growing, emergent form of participatory learning that involves engaging with the arts, engineering, science, and entrepreneurship in a “Do-It-Yourself” manner. Important to the designers of learning environments are the ways in which young makers are working together on large-scale, interest-driven projects with computing at their core. This panel seeks to showcase an emerging body of work at the intersection of education and interest-driven activity from across the United States and point to how this work is transforming our notions of collaboration and learning today. More specifically, we explore Maker activity and evidence of computational literacy and collaborative learning across museums, after-school environments, and hackerspaces and discuss the methodological and design implications of this work.

Erica Halverson, Breanne Litts, Trevor Owens, Kimberly Sheridan, Deborah Fields, Kylie Peppler, Rafi Santo, Yasmin Kafai, Lisa Brahms, Marjorie Bequette

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Deborah Fields

Independent Research Consultant & Temporary Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies in ways that bridge informal and formal learning contexts. She is the co-PI on the Kids' DIY Media Project (kidsdiymedia.com) aimed at identifying and... Read More →
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Erica Rosenfeld Halverson

Professor of Educational Psychology / Curriculum and Instruction, UW Madison
Erica Halverson is a Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison where she studies how people learn in and through the arts. Erica has worked in a range of arts media including theatre, film, radio, digital art, and most recently, in the emerging Maker Movement. In 2016, Erica co-edited the two volume Makeology (Routledge, 2016), the first volumes dedicated to empirical research on making and makerspaces in education. Erica is the... Read More →

Yasmin Kafai

University of Pennsylvania
Yasmin Kafai is Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a researcher, designer, and developer of online communities and tools (ecrafting.org, stitchtfest.org, and scratch.mit.edu) to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Book publications include Connected Code, Connected Play, The Computer Clubhouse, Textile Messages, and Beyond Barbie and Mortal Kombat. Kafai earned a... Read More →
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Breanne Litts

University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am a Ph.D. student in Curriculum & Instruction with a Digital Media focus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I currently serve as a project assistant for Dr. Erica Halverson on an NSF funded project researching makerspaces and learning through making. Additionally, I am a researcher in the newly founded Mobile Learning Incubator in Academic Technology at UW-Madison. Broadly, my scholarly interests are focused around the intersection of... Read More →
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Trevor Owens

Senior Program Officer, IMLS
Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Kylie Peppler

Assistant Professor, Indiana University
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Rafi Santo

Graduate Research Assistant, Indiana University - Learning Sciences
Rafi Santo is a researcher, educator, and designer currently pursuing a doctorate in the Learning Sciences at Indiana University. He is interested in learning, technology, democracy and participatory culture. Rafi’s current work involves using ethnographic approaches to understand diffusion of learning innovations in the Digital Media & Learning field, promoting systems thinking through digital design, and empowering youth in relation to new... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Old Madison

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