ONE OF THE MOST PLEASANT memories I have of working in County Tipperary is of my daughter and son enjoying the 2016 Maker Meet on the campus of LIT-Thurles. They wish they could attend the 2018 version on Friday the 27th of April, but they're headed to a First Communion in another county and might not be able to change course.
At the last outing, Mia (8) created a star with a single cut (see the proof above) and Dylan (4) created a cardboard rocket that flew farther than any other hand-made rocket on the night.
Hands-on Maker Meets follow a long tradition with our annual ICT in Education Conference. When I attend, I'm totally immersed in the fun and rarely record any video footage. I plan to set up an unattended camera on a tripod during our next Maker Meet so we capture the energy and can rewind the delightful laughs.
The Maker Meet precedes our day-long Voices in Education Conference, held for the 14th consecutive year on the Thurles campus of LIT.ie. I've made an audio log of some of the planning considerations that myself and Pam O'Brien are working to handle. If you or a friend would like to learn from educators who are well-versed at bringing student voices into education, please register to attend #voicesineducation.
Previously on InsideView.ie:
"Gold Star for Immersive Learning", April 26, 2016.
"One Month to Maker Meet", March 24, 2015.
"Teaching Touchpad Actions to Our Chromie", March 23, 2015.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. He offers technical support to the Youth Media Team in Ireland. Image of Mia through her star snapped by @topgold at Maker Meet 2016.]