Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 7 – Class Notes

Based on our reading, class was split into the ‘minimal instruction’ group and the ‘constructionism’ group. We had to come up with a Lesson Plan for teaching fractions to 5th graders… interesting exercise but¬†dichotomy between the two stances were not as clear.

We also did not have the student’s presentations about the readings which made the lesson less engaging.

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Second half of class we heard Michelle Wilkerson from Northwestern University talk about here educational simulation softwares – DataSketch very interesting and powerful tools – but as Papert would say – you still need a skilled teacher to be able to engage and scaffold students in the process as well as debrief with meaningful discussions and displays of learning.

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During the lab session we showed our redesigns:

Link to the paper, presentation and photos of prototype below:

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Finally we looked more at ReactiVision and Processing – how to track fiducial markers.

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