This week the topic was makerspaces. Before doing my research for this week’s essential question, I had no idea what a makerspace was. Based on my understanding of what a makerspace is and its applications for students and learning, I sure have learned a lot! This week I really appreciated the feedback I received from my peers on my blog. Within a day of writing my blog, I had three comments posted! I was pretty excited to see that my peers were reading and thinking about and responding to my ideas. Most of the time, when I get comments on my blog I read them, think about them and reflect on them. In the past I didn’t usually respond to comments though. However, after seeing other respond back and forth on comments and seeing other bloggers respond to comments I have left, I have realized that the comments section is just another opportunity for us to engage in conversation. So this week I did respond to each person who commented on my blog, and I hope they took the time to read my responses and think about them!
On the twitter chat this week I was able to share my ideas about how to use makerspaces in the classroom, and I was also able to learn from the suggestions that others made. I was able to learn about the different kinds of technologies that can be incorporated into the makerspaces, particularly 3D printers. Before last week I had done some reading about 3D printers but I still found myself very confused about them, but after the tangent conversation we had in the twitter chat about them, I feel like a lot of my confusion cleared up!
So far I am really excited about all of the different ideas we have talked about in class so far. Since I am currently in the job market, I am really excited that I am learning all these new and current technological trends, so that I can use this knowledge to impress some potential bosses, and I’m already imagining how I would want to apply these techniques to the classroom I don’t even have yet!