Maker Learning - Digital Promise

Maker Learning

The maker learning movement is engaging the hearts, minds, and hands of students around the country, and Digital Promise is committed to making high-quality maker learning available to all students.

Maker learning, and its core values of agency, authenticity and, audience, is important to teachers, leaders, parents, and especially students because it has the power to:

  • Increase access, interest, and skills in STEM
  • Make curriculum more relevant
  • Promote social and emotional learning
  • Personalize learning through student voice and choice
  • Teach students to collaborate and problem solve

Our Maker Learning work aims to build a network of maker educators and leaders, and to support them as they implement high-quality and effective maker learning programs.

The broad base of support for maker learning is represented by individuals and supporting organizations that have joined the Maker Promise who are committed to bringing quality maker learning experiences to all young people. We support these Maker Champions through resources and opportunities offered on an ongoing basis through this collaboration with Maker Ed. To receive the latest opportunities to advocate and support maker learning in your community, sign the Maker Promise

The maker learning movement started as a grassroots coalition of teachers, families, and enthusiasts, but has grown to also be valued by school leaders and education policy makers. Administrators and instructional leaders are seeking resources to better support their communities in cultivating a maker learning culture with new programs and practices for their students. The Maker Learning Leadership Framework pushes the movement forward by offering a suite of resources, strategies, and models to help school and district leaders develop maker learning programs that are sustainable for schools and equitable for all students.

Our maker learning work also includes:

Learning Studios: Learning Studios are currently being piloted in 70 schools around the world. This program helps teachers leverage powerful technology for design and production to help students develop skills in design thinking and social innovation.

Maker Micro-credentials: This stack of six micro-credentials are developed and issued by Maker Ed and are designed to recognize important teacher competencies. (Note: The first teachers to earn the “Makerspace Safety” micro-credential will be eligible to receive a gift of free student safety gear from Google’s Making and Science team.)

Digital Promise filmMAKER Challenge: The Digital Promise filmMAKER™ Challenge is a project guide for middle and high school students to learn about product design and filmmaking, culminating in a challenge to redesign an everyday object and create a documentary video that tells the story of the process.

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