Category: 2016 Fellows

The Drama of Making

by on April 27, 2017 3:41 pm
At the beginning of this year, I was presented with an unexpected challenge.  I would be co-teaching and developing the curriculum for a maker class for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  This class includes many students diagnosed with learning disabilities who struggle in public school.  Speaking generally, many of these students are frustrated and… Read more The Drama of Making

Primary MakerEd Unit Samples

by on April 22, 2017 4:41 am
Finding unit ideas in Maker Education for primary grades (ages 5-8) can be challenging. I often find myself coming across one exciting idea for a very specific lesson or project, but I have to find creative ways to better integrate it into a larger unit. I have started creating sample unit posters in hopes of… Read more Primary MakerEd Unit Samples

Making Maker ED Universal Means Reaching Those that Have NOT Drank the Kool-Aid

by on April 18, 2017 8:41 pm
When thinking about Maker Education, you might imagine scenes of highly engaged and independent learners, tinkering, wondering, and creating collaboratively. It might even be in a well-curated design learning space with prototyping buckets, bright colors, inspirational quotes, and an annex of digital fabrication tools (3D printers, laser cutters, LED-lined computers). Also present, a learning facilitator… Read more Making Maker ED Universal Means Reaching Those that Have NOT Drank the Kool-Aid

Laser cutter prototyping car at Defkoakniep FabLab

by on March 29, 2017 1:50 am
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 Laser cutter prototyping car at Defkoakniep FabLab

Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into French

by on March 24, 2017 8:54 am
“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 Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into French

Thoughts on Failure

by on March 17, 2017 4:48 am
“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 Thoughts on Failure

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

by on March 16, 2017 11:44 pm
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 Around the World with the 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab

Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into German by Students

by on March 7, 2017 10:17 pm
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 Papert’s 8 Big Ideas Translated into German by Students

Planning Felt Monsters Inspired by Ceremonial Masks

by on March 5, 2017 6:02 pm
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 Planning Felt Monsters Inspired by Ceremonial Masks

Papert’s 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab Translated in Kirundi

by on February 28, 2017 6:10 pm
Ivyiyumviro 8 nyamukuru vyinyegeje inyuma ya Constructionist Learning Lab Iciyumviro cambere nyamukuru ni kwigira mubikorwa. Kenshi na kenshi twiga neza mugihe twiga ivyo twumva dukunze. Kukaba nkako, twiga neza cane mugihe turiko dukoresha ivyo twize mugukora ikintu dushaka kugerako. Ikindi ciyumviro cakabiri nuko ubuhinga nk’igikoresho co kwubaka. Mugihe tuzi ko ubuhinga bukoreshwa mugukora ibintu, bisigura… Read more Papert’s 8 Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab Translated in Kirundi