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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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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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