During this week in (Edtech 501 Module 3), I had to compose an annotated bibliography. I had to identify and summarize at least five research studies and reflect on its effectiveness in technology-supported learning. I chose to focus on “Makerspace”. Makerspace is a place where students can come together to create, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools, technology, and materials. I learned that a lot through my research, most importantly how makerspaces encourages creativity, collaboration, and constructionism.
I learned about writing an annotated bibliography in APA style, which will be important for me moving forward for future research. I had difficulty with one of my bibliographies, which did not have a DOI or a direct link that didn’t require a login. I did some research and was advised to list the name of the database if that was the case. I found a lot of helpful resources online. I also learned about peer-reviewed journals. They are articles that are written by experts and are reviewed by several other experts in the field before the article is published to ensure the article’s quality. It was interesting to learn that reviewers do not know who the author of the article is, so the article succeeds or fails on its own merit, not the reputation of the expert.
I enjoyed reading these articles because they taught me a great deal about makerspaces and how they allow students to share resources and knowledge and its importance in allowing students to experiment and engineer their ideas.
Here’s my annotated bibliography