Publication: The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching #making #elearningpapers

Followers of my Weblog should be aware that I am fascinated of fablabs, making, diy and its potential for learning. Together with Swapna Kurma and Martin Ebner an intrdocution to the topic was now published: „The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching“.

The “Maker Movement” deals with innovative forms of production and do-it-yourself work. It is not only a way for new business models and developments, e.g. using 3D print or other new digital tools and gizmos, but also influencing education. This paper introduces several diverse terms (from FabLabs to Hackerspaces) and gives insights into background, practice and existing experiences from Maker Movement in educational settings amongst all age groups. As a conclusion, the authors present reasons why practitioners and researcher should consider its educational potential. Besides its creative and technological impacts, learning by making is an important component of problem-solving and relating educational content to the real world. Besides this, digital tools for making are not expensive, for example apps for mobile devices or rents for 3D printer (compared with desktops in 1:1 settings). The Maker Movement is seen as an inspiring and creative way to deal with our world, it is aware of ecological challenges and of course, and it is able to develop technological interest and competences casually. Finally, the authors give recommendation for reading for all who got interested in making.

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Erschienen: Fablabs, Makerspace und Co.: Was ist das eigentlich? (Maker Movement Teil 1/2)

Heute ist im Medienpädagogik Praxis-Blog ein erster Teil rund um Maker-Movement erschienen: Makerspace & Co.: Was ist das eigentlich? (Maker Movement Teil 1/2). (Teil 2 folgt nächste Woche).

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Sandra Schön (2014). Makerspace & Co.: Was ist das eigentlich? (Maker Movement Teil 1/2). Beitrag im Medienpädagogik Praxis-Blog. [online zugänglich]

Workshop-Unterlagen: Kreativitätsförderung und Innovationsentwicklung mit digitalen Tools

Für meine Kolleginnen und Kollegen bei Salzburg Research habe ich einen Workshop durchgeführt – da haben wir dann auch ausprobiert und diskutiert, denn bei uns dreht es sich ja im InnovationLab um Technologien, Kreativität, Innovationsentwicklung …

Und das war ein Teil der Ausrüstung … 🙂


MAKER DAYS FOR KIDS – Einladung an alle Reichenhaller, BGLer, Salzburger und Maker!

Von der Idee zum Projekt – und das hier ist ein ganz besonderes Projekt, das nur mit großer Unterstützung klappen wird:


Und hey, schon viele Expertinnen und Experten haben Interesse am Projektvorhaben signalisiert und würden sich freuen, wenn es zu Stande kommt. Wir stellen die Idee am Montag, den 28. April 2014 um 17:00 im BIMS e.V. (Fallbacherstr. 2a, Bad Reichenhall) vor, und freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen und Ihr Interesse (mehr hier)



Vortrag zum Nachhören: Musizieren mit Bananen oder wie Kreativität und Innovationsentwicklung mit Technologien gefördert werden soll (#gadi14)

Mein Vortrag auf der GADI 2014 – inklusiver zweier muszierender Studenten (DANKE!!!) ist auch online zum Nachhören und -sehen zugänglich. Die Folien und mehr hier.

Hier gehts zum Live-Mitschnitt:

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Browsing the book „Cool tools. A catalogue of possibilities“ – a short review

I bought a small staple of book around the „MAKER MOVEMENT“ – and now start to present them in my Weblog. The start is the book „Cool Tools. A catalogue of Possibilities“. It is of impressive format, full of fascinating tools, but everything is available online, too. But if you like to have a heavy weight present for a Maker in your family (who is able to read English), this is the right present. Of course, this includes a long list of products that can be bought – but the descriptions and selections are worth it (in a way it reminds me of the German MANUFACTUM book, with other products and focus).


The description of the book is correct 😉 –

Cool Tools is a highly curated selection of the best tools available for individuals and small groups. Tools include hand tools, maps, how-to books, vehicles, software, specialized devices, gizmos, websites — and anything useful. Tools are selected and presented in the book if they are the best of kind, the cheapest, or the only thing available that will do the job. This is an oversized book which reviews over 1,500 different tools, explaining why each one is great, and what its benefits are. Indirectly the book illuminates the possibilities contained in such tools and the whole catalog serves an education outside the classroom. The content in this book was derived from ten years of user reviews published at the Cool Tools website,

Some pics are of very bad resolution, and do not ask me what topic is not within the book. I think the whole world is mentioned there, in a way.

P.S. If you want to buy it via Amazon it would be nice to boost the nonprofit BIMS e.V., dealing with open educational resources (just click – no extra costs for you!)