Ideas in Action: The Next Generation of Hands-On Learning

January 16, 2018 | Safal Partners

Key Takeaway: Makerspace activities allow students to turn do-it-yourself projects into authentic, real-life learning opportunities at Charlottesville charter high school.

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Albemarle County Public Schools

Location: Charlottesville, VA
Enrollment: 13,910 students
Demographics: 10.5% Black, 12.8% Hispanic, 65.4% White, 11.3% Other
English Learners: 10%
Disadvantaged: 30.4%
Students with Disabilities: 11.9%
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Murray High School

Enrollment: 100 students
Demographics: 7% Black, 10% Hispanic, 78% White, 5% Other
English Learners: 1%
Disadvantaged: 25%
Students with Disabilities: 32.0%
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When it comes to preparing for a job interview, most adults are advised to practice with a friend before heading in. After all, job interviews are often nerve-wracking experiences for even the most confident people. That’s the thinking behind a virtual reality tool developed by students at Murray High School, part of the Albemarle County Public Schools district in Charlottesville, VA.

According to a recent article by The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Murray is just one of 20 schools selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to participate in a project aimed at enhancing the maker curriculum in classrooms. The maker curriculum is based on a movement that encourages hands-on learning experiences and inspiring creativity and innovation in schools. To learn more about the Maker Movement, visit Makerspace for Education.

Murray students’ challenge? To create a virtual reality tool to help people prepare for job interviews. Murray’s “maker space,” or the actual classroom space devoted to building and interacting with tangible objects, made it a desirable candidate for MIT’s project. Albemarle County Public Schools is becoming a model for maker learning—in July of 2017, the district hosted superintendents and administrators from all over the country as part of an effort by Digital Promise to showcase a successful and sustaining maker learning program in action. (Source: CBS 19 News in Charlottesville.)

Currently, Murray students are researching job interviews and tactics. That research will be incorporated into the simulation for their virtual reality tool.

“The value in maker-centered learning is the process itself,” said Murray teacher Dustin West, speaking to The Daily Progress. “It’s not that [virtual reality] is making, it’s the way that this class is thinking about it.”

The maker project on job interview prep is expected to last the whole school year.

To read the full article from The Daily Progress, click or tap here. To learn more about Albemarle County Public Schools, visit their website.

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