Launched by World Education’s CrowdED Learning initiative in July 2020, the EdTech Maker Space is a collaborative, service-learning based professional development model that leads to the creation of re-usable open education resources. At the core of the EdTech Maker Space process are the foundational beliefs that we all are lifelong learners, and we as educators are stronger together.
The EdTech Maker Space process is designed to add a layer of engagement around teacher professional development through awareness that the effort put forth by participants will result in meaningful contribution to other educators through the creation of reusable learning objects. Because of this, ETMS projects aim to spark interest not just from those looking to build new edtech skills, but those who already possess skills using specific tools and are looking to participate in projects that support other educators and, ultimately, learners.
During the first ETMS in July-August 2020, 44 educators from 25 states and the District of Columbia built their edtech tool development skills using Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet. As a result, over 1,000 engaging, mobile-friendly resources were created and are now part of the Marshall Leveled Reading Program.