Exploring Makerspaces, Mediation & Transformative Literacies in Berlin & Quebec

By Michalis Kontopodis – http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/kontopodism Communication is nowadays taking place through interactive, mobile and online platforms that enable the speedy distributed production and circulation of multimedia designs across different institutional, geographical and community spaces. In this frame, as elucidated in the collective volume “Global Youth in Digital Trajectories“, the boundaries between life online and life offline…

Two perspectives on secondments in Denmark

A visit to the international School of Billund: How do makerspaces fit into schools? Svava Pétursdóttir is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in School of Education, University of Iceland. She is a participant in the MakEY project and had the pleasure of spending a month in Aarhus visiting schools and makerspaces. Her research interests are in the field of…

Makerspaces in Bucharest, Romania

Svanborg R. Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland Mark Payne, University of Sheffield Exploring Makerspaces in Bucharest, Romania provided us with a set of exciting opportunities. We were able to see at first hand some of the issues and constraints of working in a post-Communist country where economic development still lags behind many other OECD developed countries….

3D-Printers in a pedagogical setting: Questions and suggestions

Hi, Daniel! You and I had a few conversations on 3D-printers in a pedagogical setting where teachers and smaller children are a central part of the activities.  You as the leader of Fablab Berlin and I as a teacher and researcher in different kinds of makerspaces wanted to know more about this could be done….

From Team MakEY Colombia: A proposal to further conceptualise /M/m/akerspaces

Raúl Alberto Mora – Literacies in Second Languages Project, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia) Before I get to the main point of this blog, I find it fitting to introduce myself. I am Raúl Alberto Mora, Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy Studies at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellín, Colombia. At UPB, I also…

Impressions from Fab Lab Berlin

I have had the pleasure of visiting Fab Lab Berlin in Germany and have been part of their everyday life for some time. I have listened, tried their tools and talked to a lot of people in the middle of all their activities around especially 3d printers and lasercutters.  The first video CUTS & PRINTS…

WHAT IS AN OPEN LABORATORY? Inspiration for emerging makerspaces

Klaus Thestrup, Aarhus University, Denmark Some recent discussions and developments on open laboratories in Denmark can benefit the future development of Makerspaces as an emergent place where tools, materials and processes are not defined in advance or can be changed according to decisions and needs by the participants in a makerspace. A group of researchers,…