Learn by Doing – a new movement that has been around since the dawn of man (Read more about the Learn by Doing movement and follow the links below). Forgive me for being straight forward but I was impressed and thrown a back by this new Learn by Doing movement I have been reading about. Of course this is what I have been doing with my children since they were babies. As parents you quickly come to the realization that children learn best when they are allowed to do – hence the learn by doing method. For example in a blog post I wrote 10 ways parents can help with homework I offered a simple tip: resist trying to do their homework for them. As a parent you have little time and the ease of giving answers over helping them by having them work out a difficult task on their own can be overwhelming – but don’t do it. Children learn best when they do it themselves, when they learn by doing. Scientist say that the brain grows more connections, synapses when forced to think (solve problems) and not to sound so simple but – grows smarter.
The Learn by Doing Movement article to me, sounds more of a pitch to sell 3D printers (new craze with the 3D printer) which is cool and interesting and I am sure would be an exciting way to put hands on learning to work. But it is not new, to be honest – this is a method people forgo because it requires more effort. But don’t get me wrong, I agree with the hands on approach of learn by doing. This is why I also promote learning by playing games. Anything that engages, involves and excites the mind (as well as motivates learning) is always a plus.
Learn by Doing Movement
“’Making’ draws on the engineering, design, and computer science skills of anyone who is willing to dive in and try something new. Fortunately for educators, the maker movement also overlaps with children’s natural inclination to learn by doing,” writes maker education advocate Sylvia Martinez in the ISTE Connects blog posting, What can educators learn from the maker movement?
3D Printing Takes Center Stage in the K-12 Learn by Doing Movement
A creative, tech-based learning revolution, the maker movement incorporates tools such as 3D printing, wearable computers, robotics, automation, and other innovations that support an active, hands-on learning environment in schools. By creating new inventions, trying their hands at making existing products, and even intentionally reinventing the wheel on occasion, 21stcentury students are performing learning tasks in the classroom that were previously out of reach and even unthinkable.
In many cases, 3D printing helps instructors teach in a very engaging and hands-on manner that goes above and beyond what traditional instructional materials can offer. “Our kids can put on their resume that they designed and built an experiment that flew on the International Space Station,” says Matthew Brown, an engineering teacher at Lakewood High School and Warren Technical School in Colorado. Read more
“The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them” ~Aristotle