STEMiverse 0020 - Matt Richards: flipping learning environments with the Makerspace

September 26, 2017

[00:00] Introduction - Introducing Matt Richards
[02:11] Matt talks about his background
[03:44] What prompted Matt to get into Education
[06:30] The first Makerspace in Port Macquarie, St Columba Anglican School
[11:22] The inspiring beginnings of the Maker Movement in the States
[13:54] What makes a Makerspace special in comparison to a classroom: A Makerspace supports "differentiated personalised learning"
[16:21] As a teacher, where should I begin in order to turn my classroom into a Makerspace or create a new Makerspace in a dedicated area of a school? - The Competency Framework of The Four Cs: Communication-Collaboration-Critical Thinking-Creativity
[19:40] How does the teacher assess the students in this model?
[21:28] In some countries there is a gap in the curriculum between what is expected and what we really need
[23:13] A Makerspace is an environment where the traditional roles can be flipped: "It's what YOU want to make of it"
[23:50] The Concept of Ako
[25:50] Activities at the Hinatore Learning Lab at New Zealand's National Museum:
[26:40] Museums, just like Libraries are transitioning to including interactive learning activities
[27:43] Caring about the Stories around the Objects
[28:59] A session of Pacific Explorers, one of the programs of the Hinatore Learning Lab
[32:11] Technology used: Tinkercad, Google Tilt Brush, Minecraft, Makey Makey Kits, Raspberry Pi Robots, 3D Printers & Scanners (Space Spider & iSense), SculptrVR (find more at
[34:31] Equity of access in Creativity: Alpha Artists in Wellington (
[35:05] Augmented Reality (AR): HoloLens
[38:47] Do we put too much Technology, especially Hi-Tech, into our kids' Education and lives? Are we replacing human teachers with CyberSpace?
[40:33] Buckminster Fuller: "It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY."
[41:15] Entering a Post-Scarcity era
[44:00] Digital Citizenship
[46:05] What is the Blockchain?
[49:36] Rapid Fire Questions
[49:52] What will be the bleeding edge in a year in Educational Technology?
[52:48] What learning toys would you stay clear off?
[54:18] Favourite Programming Languages and Productivity Tools: Google Tools, Slack, Trello, Feedmesh
[56:40] Matt's Blog, his Linkedin and Twitter profiles
[58:32] Advice to Educators just starting out: Be spontaneous


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