We had a film fest this morning showing the creativity of the class and making something from scratch.
First up was Robert Breedlove and his Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately, he was not able to start up the Pi. He had a lot of issues starting it up. After a few times of failure he was unable to see anything. He would like to incorporate a makers center in his classroom where kids can explore.
Allison was up next, she had trouble using the makey makey. She said that she was overwhelmed. She used them to turn pages in a kids story book. She learned during the whole process as well.
Next up was Kayla, she did a lot of research before hand and then explored in her kit. She found it difficult to incorporate into her classroom. She was inspired to create a paper lantern. She saw it as a growing process very “outside the box”.
Then Marcie was up, she started by showing the Raspberry pi and telling what exactly she accomplished. She was having problems formatting the SD card so she went online to a wiki. She was able to help others but her sd card still didn’t work. She saw the project as reinforcing her current constructivist theories and planned on incorporating it more into her classroom.
Mary was the next contestant. She used little bits to create a device to let the teacher know that they needed attention without interrupting the classroom. She learned about the maker movement and the kits. She plans to incorporate it in the elementary environment She like the idea of a ColLaboratory. She found the PLN concept interesting and found it invaluable in creating her device.
Next was Barbara, she used the makey makey to create a buzzer for her classroom. She found the process tedious but she finally did found a code that would actually work.
Next was Katie, Katie did her project on soundcloud and she wanted to make a soundtrack on the Great Gatsby. She wanted to incorporate music into writing. She thought that it connected the learning and music and envisioned students talking and conversing about the novels.
Abby was suppose to create from the little bits. She stepped away from the maker kits and she wanted to create something for the kids to become independent inquirers. She ended up trying to make a robot to have the eyes light up using squishy circuits. She wanted her kids to create new robots using the playdough. How creative! She started the project frustrated and uninspired but ended with an appreciation for the process.
Next was Phil, I liked how he began his movie. Reflecting in mine craft his problem solving. He was putting the tool ahead of the problem. He wanted the kids to make a presentation that they can share.
Next was Dan, Dan used little bits he talked about re proposing using “or gates”. He talking about using the maker kits and trying to wrap it around the pedagogy and it should be the other way around. He created a bottle which was used to store and record brine shrimp.
Next was American Dan, It looked as though he was going to build a robot snitch. He used a 3d model printer to create the wings and the ball.
Doug followed, he used squishy circuits. He created a kermit the frog mascot to create a sense of community in the classroom. He also have trouble coming up with something to create until he found inspiration from a music group.
I was really looking forward to Tom’s video because he was so musical. Tom’s reflections talked bout his limitations with makey makey and garage band. He used soundplant to arrange his sounds. Then he used conductive paint unfortunately he painted over two paths so the paint didn’t work so well. He ended up making tin foil ninjas and creating a song using them.
Finally was Tasha, she used little bits she wanted to create a student indicator system. She created a cardboard box that buzzed and the light lit up.