Month: March 2017

Laser cutter prototyping car at Defkoakniep FabLab

This two past months, I have been working with Karimou, a Senegalese engineer. Karimou decided to work on a remote controlled cars and plans to manufacture them in Senegal. With DefkoAkNiep Lab team, we helped Karimou build his first prototype with the laser cutter. The car’s component (see video) is a mix of wooden crafts and… Read more »

seyMour’s puBlic enTities, eDith’s maKe-ing conVersation & DeSign ReViews

“Learning … happens especially felicitously in a context where the learner is consciously engaged in constructing a public entity.”   Seymour Papert “Papert is interested in how learners engage in a conversation with [their own or other people’s] artifacts, and how these conversations boost self-directed learning, and ultimately facilitate the construction of new knowledge.”  Edith Ackermann… Read more »

Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into French

“Les 8 principes du Laboratoire constructionniste d’apprentissage. Par le Dr. Seymour Papert (1999)” English version here   Le premier principe est l’apprentissage par la pratique. On apprend tous mieux quand l’apprentissage entre dans le cadre d’une activité qu’on trouve vraiment intéressant. On apprend le mieux quand on met en pratique ce que l’on a appris sur… Read more »

Thoughts on Failure

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” John Dewey   This blog post is based on my November 10th 2016 Ignite talk for Fair Chance Learning’s event in Niagara Falls with Brian Aspinall, during the Bring It Together conference. See my slide deck here…. Read more »

Around the World with the 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

The FabLearn Fellows have started to create translations of the Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Laboratory by Seymour Papert into various languages. In 1999, Seymour Papert, the father of educational technology, embarked on his last ambitious institutional research project when he created the constructionist, technology-rich, project-based, multi-aged Constructionist Learning Laboratory inside of Maine’s troubled prison… Read more »

Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into German by Students

Instead of just writing about Papert’s 8 big ideas, I thought it could be a good opportunity for my students in school to translate Papert’s ideas into their own language. A few students from my school are “residents” of the makerspace. They don’t like anything they think of as “schooley”, especially reading, writing, and English,… Read more »

Planning Felt Monsters Inspired by Ceremonial Masks

As promised, herein lies the beginning stages of my first Maker project grounded in critical pedagogy guided by the Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) Ethnic Studies framework and the Critical Friends Protocol (CFP) with members of the Radical STEMM Educators of the Bay Area.   Dictated by department logistics, the 6th grade class of 2016-17… Read more »