“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
Our oldest son’s class used Playdough to model the land formations about which they have been learning. He loved this hands-on project! Here’s a quick tour of the geographic landscape that he created (via iPhone video).
Here are some quick thoughts regarding this activity.
Our son said everyone in the class really had fun with this project.
This is an inexpensive way to encourage kinesthetic learning.
An activity like this could potentially move beyond knowledge and comprehension and into some of the higher-order thinking skills such as application.
I’m predicting that the students are more likely to retain this information as a result of the hands-on application.
You don’t always have to teach with technology. As I always say, “It’s not about the technology. It’s about the learning.”