Category: 2014 Fellows

Make Space: Read it.

I’ve been reading Make Space lately and this book has some great ideas on how to layout a design lab.  I have especially enjoyed the authors ideas on what type of furniture to put in the various spaces.  Modified Z-racks, cocktail height prototyping tables and flip-top storage/brainstorming tables have all be inspiring.  I’ve actually taken… Read more »

Makerspace of My Childhood

This essay was written last year for the Learning Creative Learning MOOC at MIT. It was originally posted to my personal blog as a response to Seymor Papert’s classic introduction to Mindstorms, Gears of My Childhood. I thought I might be appropriate to share it here. My First Makerspace Even at the age of seven,… Read more »

Reflections on Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed

To be quite honest, I really had a hard time getting into the Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.  Maybe it was my mood, maybe my brain was just full from all of my other projects but it was initially a tough read.  I felt a bit oppressed myself as I slogged through chapter 1… but… Read more »

Hello everyone

Hi everyone, I’m glad to be joining the FabLearn team – I’ve spent some time looking through the blog posts (not all!) and the Google Drive content. I’m starting to understand a bit about what you all have been doing, and it looks great and VERY ambitious! Congratulations for getting so much started so quickly!… Read more »

Reading Freire in March

In Chapter 1 of Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” Freire defines his theory and identifies the oppressor and the oppressed. He writes of how in order to liberate the oppressed and to provide a meaningful educational experience, the “learner” must be actively involved in the construction of their education. Traditional pedagogies maintain this power… Read more »

Simplify “Constructionism” ^^

i am planning for a workshop for our teachers at our school. this is one of the  pre-workshop reading. I find it short, simple and easy to look at Constructionism especially for the new comers or even for experienced ones to revisit its core. 🙂 http://learning.media.mit.edu/courses/mas713/readings/Constructionism%20-%20Falbel.pdf

What Maker Ed Can Learn from the Mayans

I love my work. It feels rewarding to me, in comparison to many other options. I also love my work because it forces me to put down my iced coffee on a Sunday afternoon in the stunning sunlit springtime of Northern California, and think. I sheepishly admit that I was lamenting the loss of a… Read more »

Math as a Form of Life

by Keith Ostfeld I and many of my fellow educators at the Children’s Museum of Houston have long held a belief that children need to be provided with a free-choice learning environment that stimulates hands-on, minds-on, open-ended explorations into phenomena to help them construct their understanding of topics that interest them. We believe that what… Read more »

How and why we are all the ‘creative type’

Paulo Freire, in his book entitled The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, highlights the effects of oppression, based on his background and the challenges he faced in reconciling his Brazilian tradition and culture with the new educational environment brought about by colonization. This brings into the limelight two clear ideas: the loss of identity and humanity… Read more »