Month: December 2014

Watching Children Learn

One of the most meaningful things that I get to do as a teacher is to watch my students learn. What makes it most exciting and interesting for me is observing this learning through their eyes and their contexts. I have several Flip Cameras located in the classroom long with my Point and Shoot camera and the… Read more »

A Brief Introduction to Debugging

I did not have anything to do with this video series. It was produced by professors and students at ITP-NYU.  But I think it’s great and relevant to our community, so I am sharing it here. Enjoy and Happy New Year! “A Brief Introduction to Debugging” Written & narrated by Clay Shirky Illustration & animation by… Read more »

Three lessons learned about making in classroom

I spent the last 3 years, among other things, working as learning environment designer at Laboral Art Center Gijón, Spain. The art center has a fabLAB that is used for artistic production as well as education and research LAB by several public schools in the region. What I do exactly is to help teachers from… Read more »

FabLearn Not Quite End of Year Posts

The past few weeks on the FabLearn blog have been really spectacular – interesting, informative, and inspiring! I was going to do a roundup of posts — but there are just too many, so let’s get some action going on commenting and sharing out. This is a week many educators are off of work, sometimes… Read more »

The Role and Rigor of Self-Assessment in MakerEd

What is Self-Assessment? The purpose of teacher driven assessment is to measure whether a student is ready to move on to the next topic in a given curriculum. Often this translates to the next chapter of a text book. If the student passes the teacher’s assessment, the next step in her education is given to… Read more »

Making for Change

In the Nairobi Fablab, I have personally seen that hands-on making is life-changing. However it can be difficult to measure impact and as such it is difficult to quantify the successes of the process. But I am particularly curious about the making in the context of the developing world. I feel the impact of the… Read more »

3D Printing in Kenya

Two years ago, the first 3D printer arrived in Kenya at the Nairobi FabLab. Since then, the trend has caught on to the point of people owning personal printers. I know the world is years ahead in terms of 3D printing but Africa is full of surprises! In December 2014 I made a presentation at… Read more »

Of Feet, Fleas and 3D Printing

I have been involved in many projects during my time at the Fablab in Nairobi and I personally enjoy those that leverage technology for change and development. I am most interested about the space for technology in development because I feel it is in this space that making is most needed. I believe very much in… Read more »

My Journey to Becoming a Maker Educator

I have been a maker educator for over 5 years now, and all the while, I was also a maker learner. I am still learning and that will continue in this amazing experience. My journey as a maker educator started with a vision and dream that I shared with a great friend and colleague, Juliet… Read more »

Drawing: a visual language for Makers

Drawing is like writing, using pictures instead of words.  It is a form of communication that can be useful, expressive, descriptive and observational.  It provides form to visual ideas.  Including drawing as part of the process of making things is fun and provides a good framework for understanding 2D and 3D design. Enclosed is a… Read more »