All of my classes "make" things. Given that I teach game design and programming type classes, this probably isn't surprising. We mostly make games, although exact specifics depend on the class (some classes make games using low-barrier game making software, others program from scratch or use professional tools). We also make paper based games in the game programming class.
For the most part, I look at all of my classes as teaching students to make. This includes the one that's really about teaching students to *think*. I (attempt to) teach them various skills that they'll need, and then I sit back and let them make their own projects. (I help them out when they need it, but I let them choose what they want to do, and then just help them do it.)
Last year, our school took inspiration from Caine's Arcade (mentioned in one of the articles) and combined it with the School's Me to We club's "We Make Change" fundraiser (last year, the Canadian govt discontinued the penny, so Me to We was trying to collect all the "useless" pennies and use them to provide clean water overseas).
Our students worked in intramural teams featuring students in grades K-6 and created a cardboard penny carnival. It was a ridiculous, messy, time consuming endeavor. The kids LOVED it. So did the parents and teachers. It was reported in the newspaper, everyone had a great time, tons of problem solving and engineering occurred, and we raised over $500 for clean water.
DEFINITELY a worthwhile experience!
Don’t do work that just exists within your classroom... do work that changes the world. -Will Richardson
I blogged about this right at the end of the last GBL MOOC I participated in. This post outlines some of the ways I've started integrating more making into my classes. I especially enjoyed having students in my Survey of the Graphic Novel class make their own comics. I also give a shout-out to the GBL MOOC in that post because it changed my perspective on teaching and learning so much.
One of the classes in our pharmacy tech program is very hands-on with the students not just mixing and measuring dosages but actually making liquid suspensions, creams, lotions and lip balms. While not exactly a "maker" type of class it is always one of the most popular in the program and proof that students really do like to make things in the classroom rather than just sitting and being lectured to.