ICWG: FabLabs and Makerspaces

In 2018, the ICWG has a new focus on exploring Fablabs and Makerspaces, extending the work from the previous year, which looked into personalised learning and innovative learning spaces in schools.

In December 2017, the group agreed on exploring Fablabs and makerspaces, especially those which are closely connected to schools or other educational organisations such as universities. The group will investigate how they link to pedagogy, the curriculum, cross-curricular projects or specific subjects, STEM education, and skills development.

It is envisaged to produce:

  1. some practical guidelines for schools on how to set up such spaces based on ongoing research work carried out by INDIRE, Italy and
  2. case studies and videos showing what Fablabs/Makerspaces are and how they work in practice.

Personalisation, inclusion and coding remain topics of interest for the group, which will be linked to the work planned.

1st study visit: Austria, 8-9 March 2018

In March 2018, the ICWG went to investigate innovative projects and schools in Vienna, Austria. The visit was linked to a conference for teachers (elearning bazar addressed to all schools in Vienna) and included a visit of the Future Classroom Lab at the University College of teacher education in Vienna and the education innovation studio.

See photos here

The group visited a primary school integrating coding in the curriculum and a secondary school with a specific curriculum focus on teaching creative media and using technology across the curriculum.

2nd study visit: Portugal, October 2018

The 2nd study visit will take place in Portugal, October 2018 related to the topic of innovative learning spaces and science centres.


Guidelines on Exploring and Adapting Learning Spaces in Schools  - Practical advice and support to schools on how to develop and adapt learning spaces to facilitate the innovative use of ICT and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning.

BYOD Bring Your Own Device - Two guides have been published to provide guidance for school leaders and IT administrators.

ICWG pedagogical videos - Videos to showcase innovative pedagogical practice in classrooms across Europe. 


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