Saturday, August 22, 2015

Instructional Resources

Put together this resource list for the hi-tech items in our Makerspace. Tried to include teacher guides, lesson plans, videos and project ideas for LittleBits, Makey-Makey, Sphero and Osmo. Teachers and students might benefit by having a quick link to the instructional resources provided by the creator of these items.
For example, this TED Talk by the creator of LittleBits lays a great foundation.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Recap Summer 2015

August is halfway done and the exciting part is yet to come!

1) I've been adding to the Makerspace all summer.
2) I took an online course/workshop about planning a makerspace, offered by School Library Journal. Very interesting and helpful. Not really new ideas, but an organizational planning motherlode.

3) I presented a session on Makerspaces at the MMSD PowerUP Conference on August 6th. It was good share with other teachers and librarians from MMSD as well as from the Green Bay area.

4) I made a connection with Felix Hu at the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning Laboratory at Northwestern University. The lab groucreates and studies innovative technology-based learning experiences (http://tidal.northwestern.edu) and they have created Strawbies!, a programming game that uses tiles, iPads and Osmos to program characters (http://tidal.northwestern.edu/blog/strawbies). Felix is sending several sets of tiles for our students to try out in the LMC Makerspace. Here's a video explaining the game. I'm really looking forward to this project. The game combines digital, hands-on and social learning all in one.

5) I started a new project (www.donorschoose.org/monica.millen) seeking donations for more Osmos Gaming Systems for the LMC Makerspace. We've had one Osmo for a year and it is one of the most popular activities in the LMC. I'd like to add more to multiply the learning. I also need them so more students can try out Strawbies!. Take a look at this!