Posts published in September, 2014

Everything "fab" we do & teach should have "uniqueness, impact and magic"!

by on September 30, 2014 11:17 pm
This evening I was reading this article by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito & feeling a “kindred spirit” tingle. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140930004656-1391-antidisciplinary I feel as though the goal he sets forth for education activities to have “uniqueness, impact and magic” is a great one for all the special making spaces we are creating.  Our makerspaces should be such… Read more Everything "fab" we do & teach should have "uniqueness, impact and magic"!

The Obstacle is the Learning: The Role of Scarcity in a Maker Classroom

by on September 27, 2014 11:15 pm
I have an iPhone I bought the summer of 2011 for its better camera and larger memory size. I was moving my airstream, my dog and my scant belongings from NYC, back home to California, so I wanted to take a lot of pictures of this epic roadtrip. I didnt want to buy a separate… Read more The Obstacle is the Learning: The Role of Scarcity in a Maker Classroom

Constructionism 2014

by on September 12, 2014 11:06 pm
Hi all, I just left Vienna after the very successful Constructionism 2014 conference. There were a few hundred educators and researchers from around the world talking about Constructionism, programming, and making. Up until a few years ago, the conference had been called the Eurologo conference, but they changed it to reflect a wider range of… Read more Constructionism 2014

FabLearn 2014 Social Media Tips and Tricks

by on September 12, 2014 11:04 pm
Hi all, Paulo gave me the tile of “Social Media Director” for the FabLearn conference this year, so, dear Fellows – you are all on the team too! Let’s make sure every maker-educator, researcher, and maker proponent know about this fabulous conference. Here’s some suggestions below. I’ll remind you a few times this month and… Read more FabLearn 2014 Social Media Tips and Tricks

“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.”

by on September 12, 2014 11:00 pm
I always struggle with devising effective groundrules for our making learning communities. There are obvious safety rules, but the “how to make and be with others in the makerspace” guidelines are tougher Each year, we have the youth devise their own “We the People” set of expectations which we put on a big poster and… Read more “Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.”

Teach the Whole Family to Code: MIT Media Lab Family Creative Learning Guide

by on September 11, 2014 10:58 pm
In my diverse and mostly low income urban community, parents of our youth teachers are sometimes fearful about having their children engage with technology.  This is because often the only technologies that they are familiar with are ones that they associate with risks and danger for their children:  facebook, video games, texting and the like.… Read more Teach the Whole Family to Code: MIT Media Lab Family Creative Learning Guide

Mitch Resnick: Different Approaches to Education

by on September 8, 2014 10:55 pm
I really enjoyed this youtube video by Mitch Resnick and especially how it applies to our reading of Mindstorms by Seymour Papert.