“A Kitchen for Tech” in EdTechDigest

Cooking up a makerspace for some delectable Professional Development.

GUEST COLUMN IN ED TECHDIGEST | by Ann Musgrove, Frank Tomsic, Jessica Knott, David Goodrich, and Angela Gunder

Education conferences are full of wonderful ideas, presentations, and demonstrations about pedagogy and the newest technology tools. What is often missing is a place to gather, discover and discuss what these ideas and tools can do for you – a place for hands-on exploration, to make mistakes and find solutions. This is the concept behind the makerspace called the Technology Test Kitchen (TTK). The TTK is an active-learning installation where you can try out technology-enhanced solutions for learning (recipes) that have been vetted by the “chefs,” or create your own with the support of colleagues. A visit to this makerspace fills the gap between exposure to a concept and a deliverable solution.

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