After a week off for mid semester break, I was excited to see a new topic for my Technology in Music Education (TME) course. This week, guest speaker Phil Nanlohy, introduced us to the Maker Movement that is being promoted widely amongst schools in Australia.
The Maker Movement basically an educational pedagogy that focuses on teaching students kinaesthetically. It allows students to call upon new and existing skills to solve problems creatively and logically.
To get us straight into it, we were tasked with creating musical instruments out of household items. Of course, keeping with the theme, I had to find a way to relate it to One Direction which at first was quite a challenge, if I'm honest.
I didn't really know where to begin, all I could really think of was filling glasses with water and hitting them with a fork..... but my friend had already done that. I ultimately ended up using two glass jars, elastic bands and a pillowcase to make mini bongos. Not the coolest invention, but at least it hit the target?
Yes, that's Liam and Harry as the faces of my bongos...
In all seriousness, this challenge really spawned some excellent ideas across the cohort. But most importantly it proved that interesting, innovative pieces of technology can be created with everyday household objects.
As part of this activity we followed the mission statement from Reverse Garbage NSW which aims to...
"save materials from going to waste in landfill and to renew their value by making them available for reuse by families, students, artists and community groups."
Not only, did this challenge ask for students to be super creative, we got the opportunity to explore a little more into recycling materials. In a school environment, the Reverse Garbage movement would save a lot of money from the department's budget as materials can be 100% from recycled materials, household products or things they find in the playground.
To summarise, the Maker Movement is a great opportunity for students and teachers to learn new skills and pave the way to learning by doing. It encourages students to start thinking about recycling resources and repurposing everyday items in ways they never would have thought about before. I'm all for it! Can't wait to try it out in the real world.
As always, leave your questions, comments, thoughts... below and see you next week!