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Engaging 'At-Risk' Students through Maker Culture Activities

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Engaging 'At-Risk' Students through Maker Culture Activities
This paper presents a set of lessons learnt from introducing maker culture and DIY paradigms to ‘at-risk’ students (age 12-14). Our goal is to engage ‘at-risk’ students through maker culture activities. While improved technology literacy is one of the outcomes we also wanted the learners to use technology to realize concepts and ideas, and to gain freedom of thinking similar to creators, artists and designers. We present our study and a set of high level suggestions to enable thinking about how maker culture activities can facilitate engagement and creative use of technology by 1) thinking about creativity in task, 2) facilitating different entry points, 3) the importance of personal relevance, and 4) relevance to education. Author Keywords DIY; maker culture; education; young learners; ‘at-risk’ students. ACM Classification Keywords H.5.m. Information Interfaces and Presentation (e.g. HCI): Miscellaneous
Sowmya Somanath, Laura Morrison, Janette Hughes, E
Added 10 Apr 2016
Updated 10 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where TEI
Authors Sowmya Somanath, Laura Morrison, Janette Hughes, Ehud Sharlin, Mario Costa Sousa
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