I ran across this photo that I took during a classroom visit a couple of years ago. It’s funny and true.
I’m enjoying being in Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference. Below are my slides from the workshop that I facilitated yesterday. All the workshop materials and resources (including a video tutorial, additional examples, notes, etc.) are available on my wiki, Learning Telecollaboratively. The slides also include a link to a special download containing information for using Storybird in preparation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories, presentations, reports, or tutorials you and your students make to share, read, and print. Storybird is a fun, collaborative website that can be integrated in all content areas and at all grade levels. It can be an effective resource for teaching parts of a story, the writing process, promoting creativity, and more. STEM and social studies teachers can use Storybird for engaging alternatives to traditional lessons, reports and presentations. Storybird also seamlessly keeps a portfolio of each student’s work.
Participants will be guided in setting up accounts and helped as they begin using Storybird.com’s tools and services. Participants will learn how to use the teacher-specific tools.
Here is an interesting contribution to education’s ongoing conversation about design thinking. “Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere” (Source).
“We’re moving into this future where the factory is everywhere. And, increasingly,
that means the design team is everyone. That really is an industrial revolution.”
Hat Tip: Trever Acy
Image Source: rogerlmartin.com
- Design Thinking – Maximizing Your Students’ Creative Talent: Co Barry at TED (nancy-rubin.com)
- IDEO on design thinking (sdsdesignmanagement.com)
- Is design thinking fad or fact? What do you think? (vizuarna.com)
“Forget those pesky 3D printers that require software and the knowledge of 3D modeling and behold the 3Doodler, the world’s first pen that draws in three dimensions in real time. Imagine holding a pen and waving it through the air, only the line your pen creates stays frozen, suspended and permanent in 3D space” (Source).
Learn more about 3Doodler.
Hat tip to one of my co-authors, Sharon Smaldino, for bringing this to my attention.
- The World’s First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures in Real Time (thisiscolossal.com)
- 3Doodler pen lets you hand-draw 3D structures (wired.co.uk)
- World’s first 3D printing pen hits the market (smartplanet.com)
“DIY is a club for kids to earn Skills. DIY Makers share their work with the community and get patches for the Skills they earn. Each Skill consists of a set of Challenges that help them learn techniques to get the hang of it. Once a Maker completes a Challenge, they add photos and video to their Portfolio to show what they did.
Makers are curious about the world and strive to learn all kinds of practical knowledge and share it. They seek adventure in the outdoors, participate in communities, use technology to innovate, and have the confidence to try new things” (Source).
Take a look at DIY.org and consider the positive impact it can make in your family, classroom, club, civic group, etc.
“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy,
and we should treat it with the same status.”
–Sir Ken Robinson
- A Gamified Web 2.0 Tool To Make Students Into DIY Makers (edudemic.com)
- DIY for Kids – Do Challenges, Earn Skills (freetech4teachers.com)
- We just released an epic video anthem we made ourselves…. (zachklein.com)