Week 7: How can 3D printing change the way we think about education?

3D printing.  How will it change education?  Here are some amazing facts about 3D printing.  We have the technology and ability to print food, skin, kidneys, limbs, cars, houses, and guns.  (Federico-O’Murchu, 2014)  Let's take food for instance.  According to Tom Rawstorne from the Daily Mail in the U.K., there is a company that is … Continue reading Week 7: How can 3D printing change the way we think about education?

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Week 7 :What are the rules for your makerspace?

After giving some thought to my project and the related materials and tools necessary to construct a pinhole camera, I've determined that my makerspace will not have that many tools that would be considered life threatening.  But exercising good judgement in using the available tools is vital.  There are other components of a makerspace that … Continue reading Week 7 :What are the rules for your makerspace?

Week 6: What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?

The essential question of the week will be difficult to answer because I am a coder.  I will try to respond in an unbiased fashion.  My first experience with coding was my senior year in high school back in 1982. Yikes!  I learned BASIC.  I think I was the only one that was enrolled in … Continue reading Week 6: What are the compelling arguments both for and against computer coding in schools?

Week 6: What stuff will you stock your making space with, what’s the cost, and how will you fund it?

In week four I described a project that I would like my students to work on.  The prompt was "Make a pinhole camera that you can use to take a photo."  When I have assigned this project in the past, I didn't have a maker space in mind, but relied on students to use materials … Continue reading Week 6: What stuff will you stock your making space with, what’s the cost, and how will you fund it?

Week 5: Reflection

Teaching and learning.  The one constant in this process is that it is constantly evolving.  I suppose there are thousands of research articles and studies done in this field.  It was interesting to see a definition of teacher identity.  I knew there was phrase that describes “Teachers know; teachers believe; teachers feel; teachers participate; teachers … Continue reading Week 5: Reflection

Week 5: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.

I have never heard the term Internet of Things (IoT), but it is definitely an emerging technology.  Kobie defines it as connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, applications, and each other. (2015)  I was amazed at the reach of IoT devices.  Here is a graphic created by CB Insights of nine … Continue reading Week 5: Design an object that could be classified as belonging to “The Internet of Things” and describe how it could contribute to your classroom.