Category : Tinkering

Makerspace Tinkering

A note about Geocaching

Teachers say geocaching can be a powerful learning tool that involves critical thinking, hands-on learning and active engagement.
Geocaching in Education

Farewell Geo Wombat  Ready to launch during teh holidays    Honey Spot stop during the cacher break.

We are organised! We have a website: The LunchboxClubbers, and 5 tags have been created to map, manage and share. We’ve talked about the local caches and how they can be found.

Wandering Wombat is our best traveller to date.. already 4900km away! 2 coins still to find a ‘suitable’ cache.

This term the boys have come to understand geocaching. We have created 2 Geocaches, and are yet to hide them, but have 5 tags with travel stories and Goals to send into the world.
We’ve talked about Global citizenship, responsibility and courtesies using the shared web space of our Club, and ethical searching and logging of finds.

The boys are excited by the accuracy and apparent closeness of the world when places become GPS points on the globe. Great Geography activity!

An interesting article here from eSchool Newsletter applies the thinking I have experienced this term.

Check out the education forums on the Geocaching website if you are interested in posting questions, ideas, sharing curriculum, and more.
The forums are a fabulous way for teachers to learn from one another and for Groundspeak to learn from teachers.

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Curriculum Makerspace Research and Readings Tinkering

Compare notes: Let’s write about it

February, 2014

GC Tech Space meetings are important.

Meetings like these are important and fun!

 

Ahh! The power of networking with colleagues and sharing ideas.

From one colleague managing a large library in a  girls’ school in Sydney, the response: “I am thinking trolleys.” Oohh.. and of course that might work too.

From another colleague: “I just give them stuff at lunchtime and let them work it out between themselves. I don’t have to know more than them.. they can do it all”

As the 2014 editor of the NSW School Library Association magazine, Words., I am keen to hear from others in my field. How are they working towards their maker models for their libraries?
The Feature section in Issue 1, 2014, is the result of my collaborated conversation with 3 different school libraries and professional groups on the potential of a Maker Space in a school library.

In writing and coordinating this series of articles, I have realised how important it has become to read widely, and widen the professional network well beyond the school environment to remian updated, current and empowered to make well informed decisions for our libraries.

Where else can we continue the conversation?

My favourite local bloggers who are exploring Maker Spaces too and are worth following:

Kay Oddone: Resource Link Blog for Brisbane Catholic Education. (@KayC28)

Anne Weaver: In her Learning post blog Anne gets the conversation started! (@Anneticipation)

Hacker Meet Ups: The Gold Coast Tech Space and Brisbane Hacker groups are a valuable network of skills and ideas.

March, 2015

My presentation to the Brisbane SLAQ AGM, 2014 sharing the progress and thinking.

So… let’s keep talking to each other!

June, 2014 EduTech2014 event

Lucky to attend the Masterclass of Gary Stager, (author of Invent to Learn) and a taste of Joyce Valenza, our respected Library guru, to put gadgets and gizmos in my hands for the first time. Working with a range of abilities and groups, we built and demonstrated how much fun it can be to build your own circuit, sew your own flashy fabrics, and make things happen with a Makey Makey kit. We just had to have some of all this in our school library!

Masterclass with Gary Stager. My first hands-on!

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Makey and water play

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Learning together

 

 

 

 

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Makerspace Research and Readings Tinkering

Raspberry Pi event

December 13, 2013: An evening with the Makers

My first contact with a Raspberry Pi, Maker Space conversations and teachers with the same questions as me.

I am at the EngineRoom in Surrey Hills, Sydney. I am sitting at a table of computers and wires, among people ready to learn about what Makers really do. We are 3 teacher librarians, and their assistants to question how we can develop this tinker technology into our library day and space.

We have been given a kit of our own. And this is hands on! There are 4 expert helpers to assist if we need it. And we do.

Making sense of a Raspberry Pi

One of my favourite bloggers, Darcy Moore also attended. He describes the evening here, on his blog.

My takeaway from the evening?

Maker Spaces deserve to be taken seriously. They challenge the way we teach, learn, and where and how we do it.

That’s a bundle of questions! Design thinking, thinking minds. An exploration across many curricular areas at once.
How can we support these activities into an already very full day?

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