Finding resources to implement DiDIY in schools

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The problem is…

Schools lacking of the sufficient resources to offer DiDIY-related activities to students.

The proposed solution might apply when

In medium-size cities, the number of fab labs and maker spaces is constantly growing, providing accessible resources (in terms of equipment and know-how).

The solution proposed is…

School staff should be made aware of the possibility of setting agreement with local resources (such as fab labs, coder dojos, and maker spaces) and open the schools to the local area, with mutual benefits.

The expected outcome is…

Strengthened connection of schools with local territory, higher motivation of students in engaging in DiDIY-oriented activities.

Other information

Lacking a specific training on new technologies and digital literacy hamper the ability of teachers and school manager to recognize and exploit the full potentialities of such tools. This leads to teachers having to self-finance their own permanent education, often using their own free time to attend them.

Rationale

In spite of the willingness of the more motivated teachers and school managers, finding resources (in terms of time and money) can be hard, especially in those contexts where funding for education are limited.

Significant influencing factors

Deans to allow teachers to train in DiDIY (through local resources) and facilitate the access of teachers to networks.

Evidence/Examples

Some best-practice examples include the mutual benefit shared by those schools, which collaborate with local DiDIY space. The “do ut des” approach (a commutative contract whereby something is given so that something may be received in return) sees teachers and schools share their professional competences regarding didactics or content-specific knowledge in exchange of practical training on new technologies for them and their students.

Related Patterns

Educational systems’ inertia in embracing new forms of education Students’ resistance in adopting a novel attitude toward learning

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