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Marcus Mulcahy

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Victoria Education > Primary
Technology > General
The Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to optimise digital technology learning and skills in primary schools - USA
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Recommendations

Based on my findings I recommend that:

  1. The Australian Government establish a national support organisation to build design thinking capability and promote maker centred learning in all schools.
  2. The Australian Government forge international coalitions with organisations already operating nationally in the United States that promote makerspaces and design thinking.
  3. Departments of Education around Australia support the development of maker centred learning in schools through professional development opportunities for teachers.
  4. Departments of Education around Australia provide monetary grants for purpose-built demonstration makerspaces, maker equipment and materials.
  5. Digital technology in education organisations curate future conferences with maker centred education as a major theme.
  6. Schools consider setting up their own makerspaces to implement design thinking and student led approaches to education.
  7. Schools create partnerships between schools to share maker resources, maximise purchasing power and to facilitate transitional planning between primary and secondary schools.
  8. School Principals look for strategic partnerships with research institutions that will facilitate action research in their makerspaces.
  9. School Principals look for ways to engage local communities and in particular not-for-profit community organisations in their maker culture to maximise resourcing and create life-long learning pathways.
  10. Pre-service teaching professional courses include maker centred learning approaches as a core area of study.

Report Keywords: Education, Schools, Digital Technology, STEM, STEAM, Makerspaces, Maker Movement, Innovation, Design Thinking

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