What is Digital Making?

By James Robinson. Posted

To kick off the second season of the Hello World podcast, we decided to explore "digital making"; it's part of the mission here at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, but what does it mean? Our digital making duo, Carrie Anne and James, challenge themselves to explain this broad practice, share their experiences, and explore what makes digital making appealing to learners.

Guests

We spoke to two amazing digital making educators with many years of classroom experience to get their perspectives:

  • Oliver Quinlan is a computing educator, teacher trainer, researcher, and author of the 2015 report into young digital makers. In his role as Head of Impact & Research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, he researches gender and computing, and analyses the impact the Foundation has on learners.
  • Rebecca Franks is a learning manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She writes resources for the Teach Computing Curriculum and has over 15 years' experience teaching computing.
Carrie Anne Philbin
Carrie Anne Philbin, MBE, is a computing educator, YouTuber, author, and host of the Hello World podcast.
James Robinson
James Robinson is a computing educator, trainer, and host of the Hello World podcast.
Rebecca Franks
Rebecca Franks is a learning manager at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. She writes resources for the Teach Computing Curriculum and has over 15 years' experience teaching computing.
Oliver Quinlan
Oliver Quinlan is Head of Impact & Research at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He works on research into gender and computing, and understanding the impact of our work on young people.


Together, we discuss our favourite digital making projects and the benefits of a digital making approach for learners. We discuss the role of digital making in broadening the appeal of STEM subjects as well as some of the specific challenges that educators may face, particularly those working in a formal education setting.

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We’ll be back in two weeks with our next episode, which asks the question: "How can computing help us re-connect with nature?" You can get in touch with a question or comment about the discussion in this episode at podcast@helloworld.cc or @helloworld_edu on Twitter.

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