Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Design a cell phone charger


Computer Me

Makey makey

MaKey MaKey - An Invention Kit for Everyone from jay silver on Vimeo.

Create solutions for problems with the kit
How to have fun with friends

Understanding the system

Find creative ways to use the kit

Depict a Moment in History

Watch videos/read about historical moments

Procure sobre animação stop motion e faça um filme sobre um evento histórico

Making Your Own Toy

Invente um brinquedo novo! Use materiais reciclados para desenhar e construir um brinquedo divertido. Faça uma feira de brinquedo onde cada um pode brincar com a invenção do outro. Use quaisquer materiais e ferramentas aos quais você tem acesso, desde cartolina até impressoras 3D.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Art in You

The Art In You


The Art in You is 50-minute (plus debrief) fast-paced project. Students see different paintings(varied schools), draw an illustration based on one of the pieces, and  show and tell each other about their drawings. One drawing is used in a collaborative endeavor. Teacher gets all drawings, numbers them and puts the drawings aside. One number is withdrawn from a box, and the corresponding illustration will be scanned and projected on the floor. Children get together to cover the drawing with objects that are displayed nearby. When ready, a picture is taken and the result is posted on a site with a brief explanation about the original painting, the inspiration, etc.

This project uses the idea behind the artist Vik Muniz`s process of creation

What do students learn?

Students learn about different pieces of art, and that art is meant to be understood from a very personal perspective.
Students also learn that waste is only waste when we throw it away. Bottles, old hoses, yam, and rope can be used to make art.

What we give you:

The facilitators guide (a step-by-step guide with talking points to run the activity)
[Print two-sided 8"x11" or 11"x17", one per facilitator]
Download file "Wallet Facilitators Guide2012.pdf"

Why Learn Coding?

Have you ever been amazed by how well a young child can grasp how to use a tablet or phone? In the video above, a very young girl seems to have grasped a lot already. What she does so well at such a young age shows what Seymour Papert and Paulo Freire say when they mention the importance of unleashing the latent learning potential of students by providing environments in which their passions and interests thrive. The true  reasons for advocating the use of computers in schools are not technocentric. Actually, the reasons that resonate with me are truly practical. Take my kid for instance, he was totally into Minecraft, and he learned how to make wonderful things within the game that were valuable for his community. He learned how to record his screen, edit, and put a blog together to share his ideas. His construction of knowledge  happened really well and he built, made, and publicly shared his content. I simply do not see the same happening when it comes to school. Another thing to consider is that David also learned about mining, chemistry and even physics. Are we sometimes depriving students of the fun behind learning when we ask them to sit down quietly and listen? Do they actually learn or sit there quietly wondering what they need all the information for? I was telling a friend about schools in the US, Australia, and England teaching kids how to code, and she asked me the following question:

Do all the kids become programmers?

For me, learning to code is learning to think in a new way; It`s also helping kids visualize that they can learn how to control the computer by speaking its language. Nowadays, coding is for everyone, and it teaches creativity, cooperation and persistence. For some learning coding apps and the pleasure of unleashing the inner will of kids to learn, click on the image below.