Beyond Bits and Atoms – Final Project Notes

Our “Graph Learner” has been getting very positive results and the app development has been coming along nicely. TO DO Name sliders Name axis Bold x & y when slider is moving Create levels changer y=m*x Control X and Y y=m*x+c Adjust c Adjust m Control X and Y y=x^2 Auto X Control X and Y y=sin(x) Auto X Control X and Y y=a*sin(x) Auto X Control X and Y y=a*sin(b*x) Auto X Control X and Y  y=a*sin(b*x+c) Auto X Control X and Y  y=a*sin(b*x+c)+d Auto X Control X and Y DONE Axis markings Labels for x & y values … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Final Project Notes”

Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 8 – Reading Notes

Eyeo 2014 – Leah Buechley Thinking about Making Humans are natural makers Demographics Predominantly men and white or asian Has nothing changed? Maker’s movement promise not achieved Does not reach a wide demographic Is not affordable to lower income classes Investment is guided towards the same old people. Every child is a maker Telling minorities they should aspire to be rich white men What is showcased on MakeMagazine Leaves tons left unseen Limited in scope (electronics) Why hasn’t the LoRider movement get any funds for a non-profit? Art & Tech should be funded LoRider ‘engineers’ Grand Master Flash -(DJ) – hacked the … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 8 – Reading Notes”

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. 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 … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 7 – Class Notes”

Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 7 – Reading Notes

Kirschner, P. A., Sweller, J., & Clark, R. E. (2006). Why minimal guidance during instruction does not work: An analysis of the failure of constructivist, discovery, problem-based, experiential, and inquiry-based teaching. Educational psychologist,41(2), 75-86. We need guidance to learn – unsupervised learning = cognitive overload “Although unguided or minimally guided instructional approaches are very popular and intuitively appealing, the point is made that these approaches ignore both the structures that constitute human cognitive architecture and evidence from empirical studies over the past half-century that consistently indicate that minimally guided instruction is less effective and less efficient than instructional approaches that … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 7 – Reading Notes”

Beyond Bits & Atoms – Week 7 – Educational software/hardware/toolkit review

Educational software/hardware/toolkit review: Hummingbird Robotics Kit BB&A 2016 Winter Week 7 – Camila Pereira & Lucas Longo Design review The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is a comprehensive package which includes a microcontroller, sensors, motors, and LEDs on the hardware side along with software and plugins for third party software that allows for controlling and programming of the hardware. Blikstein (2015) would categorize this kit as a third generation kit in so far as it is “specifically designed to target new classes of users, such as very young children, non-technical designers, and children in the developing world.” The website specifically states: “Our … Continue reading “Beyond Bits & Atoms – Week 7 – Educational software/hardware/toolkit review”

Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 6 – Reading Notes

Blikstein, 2015. Computationally Enhanced Toolkits for Children: Historical Review and a Framework for Future Design, Stanford University, USA The generations of microcontrollers The first generation: Pioneers of physical computing (LEGO/Logo, Braitenberg Bricks, and Programmable Bricks) The second generation: Conquering the World (Crickets,Programmable Bricks, and BASIC Stamp) The Third Generation: Broadening Participation and Accessing New Knowledge Domains (GoGo Board, Phidgets,Wiring,andArduino) The Fourth Generation: New form factors, new architectures, and new industrial design (Pico Cricket, Lilypad, Topobo, Cubelets, LittleBits) The Fifth Generation: Single board computers (RaspberryPi, PCDuino, BeagleBoard) Selective exposure for usability: Embedded error correction Selective exposure for power: Tangibility mapping “The main construct proposed in this monograph (selective … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 6 – Reading Notes”

Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 5 – Makerspace Final Paper Assignment

Final revision of previous assignment. Link to Google Docs with proper formatting Makerspace for Classroom Teachers Lucas Longo – 2016 Introduction Makerspaces in schools provide an unique opportunity for teacher professional development, in all disciplines. They may provide a situated learning experience where teachers can recall the difficulties students have in the process of learning and thus reflect upon their own teaching practices. Given that the majority of teachers are not familiar with fabrication and electronics, they are put back into the beginner’s seat, providing the possibility of reflecting metacognitively about learning and teaching. Accompanied with engaging discussions and activities … Continue reading “Beyond Bits and Atoms – Week 5 – Makerspace Final Paper Assignment”