I signed up for Create Make Learn to help myself get some new inspiration for creating in the classroom. I am always looking for more ways to get students to use their creating thinking caps to help get them engaged with math.
Day 1 - Monday
name tag from bit of wood - marker and Dremel
shape your world
Project bags?? Grocery bags
class cellphone holder as tool/material storage & display
The human mind and body are truly extraordinary. They are the quintessence of excellence in motion. We talk, touch, see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. We dream, aspire, and become. All that we are is mind and body and spirit-that is our universe. — Lorii Myers
Create Make Learn Day 3
Cuddly Drones - kids making special drones. Teddy drone that shoots candy out of its mouth
Community event. Parents and kids are excited about showing off.
Consider who is invited? feels welcomed? shows up? is empowered?
Vinyl cutter ideas
Lower barrier of entry. Chromebook connected - alligator clips are tricky but less intimidating than lose wires and breadboards - make a rock paper scissors game
Mike Harmon meeting lunch
using only cubes build something that had a total of 20cm. You can use partial cm cubes, but the total but be exactly 20.
code block spiral staircase spiral slide spring then move 1 up and makes a slide
created classes in tinkercad for students. Marked some lessons for kids.
Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you... You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. — John Gardner
Is there a more profound lesson than taking pride in creating work of importance and beauty for a real audience? .... Ron Berger (Beautiful Work)
What are you most proud of doing during this week?
I am most proud of all the knowledge sharing that has happened in class so far this week. I have learned from my instructor and my classmates and I have had the chance to share my knowledge with others. I really like that I have had a chance to learn new ways to extend the tools that I already use in new and exciting ways.
Helping Mike work with wood was a lot of fun. He has never worked with wood before.
My 3d printed car finally came off the printer after almost 12 hours of total printing. I don't think I will have time to finish it during this class. I want to create an inner hampster wheel that will spin to provide rotating lights inside the car.
We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience. — John Dewey
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. — Honore de Balzac
Day 5 (last day) of Create Make Learn
First activity - cardboard and pvc - find and fix a problem or at least make a prototype and explain your idea of how to fix your problem Glue gun stand idea
Maker meetups. Everyone shares a prototype or idea or their maker mindset
Maker Fridays - If we get the whole weeks work done in 4 days then friday is maker day.
podcast for create make learn
What design thinking problems do you have:
I want a compost bin that doesn't get disgusting Mike needs a box of trash bags for Christmas
Hear examples of lessons and units, and not just a success story with zero buzzwords
not just a compilation of studies that support the idea of steam. We all already know STEAM is good. I want to know examples of what works to build ideas from.
The perfect opening statement: Here is a perfect unit. This is what we did and this is how you do it for under $100
How might we...?
How might we create a podcast episode and to what for who? Whose problem is this going to solve? .... us What do we need to find?
Problem students will empathize with.
Short and focused enough that students will maintain focus.
How might we create a podcast episode to show a complete unit on design thinking for a class that will help Junior High teachers.
Making is more important if the why is explicitly part of the making
Welcome and Invite making as a means for learning and developing proficiencies
Creates evidence of learning and means of self expression and reflection that can become part of a student’s personal learning portfolio
Be filled with stations for students to explore complexities of objects as integrated systems of parts and functions
Provide opportunity for students to explore new materials and processes that increases their capacity to communicate and solve problem
Build interest/curiosity leading to questions about phenomena (using a variety of methods from instructor lead activities, students exploration, to design challenges)
Allow guided facilitated make (and take) sessions that build confidence and competence with tools, materials, and processes that serve as foundations for communicating, solving problems or creating products that add value to our lives
Scaffold students through thinking routines and problem solving processes practices such as Design Thinking
Increase possibilities for designing project based learning that connects curriculum to community and prepares them for responsible and involved citizenship
Naturally shifts the role of the teacher to support authentic student choice and voice (via open makes and more self direction in projects and project based learning)
Expand dimensions of communication (2D to 3D) and provide authentic practice for developing clear and effective communication skills
Offer numerous opportunities for creative and practical problem solving using design challenges and creation of personally meaningful products/projects
Provide students with hands on experiences creating models as evidence of integrative and informed thinking
Provides self-assessment of personal interest and aptitudes for personal learning plan
What does it mean to be a meaningful project?
Solves a problem
Helps us when we need it
Completes an objective that it was designed for
Reminds you of something important
Has personal meaning
Takes effort to make
Something you want to do
Help with daily problems
Stress is like a pulse, if you have it you are alive. — Steve Maraboli