Reflection Post for Week 10
After such a wonderful day going to the coast and breathing in the fresh air, I am so refreshed!
How are electronics viable additions to “crafting” for today’s young person?
The answers to this question are so expansive, I cannot even imagine covering it all.
According to Wohlwend and Peppler (2015), “Playshops bring together childhoold strengths with school curricula in play, collaboration, new technologies, and a content area such as literature, arts, and sciences.
Further, they argue that children use play to open access to rigorous learning—new knowledge is connected to their personal experiences by learning with a variety of learners (Wohlwend & Peppler, 2015, 26). The picture from this article reminds me of the Ted Talk video clip I watched this week about how home made play dough is made more from salt and is more conductive of electrons than the store bought brands which are stiffer and made more from sugar. With positive and negative wires and electronic circuits.
There is a “false dichotomy of reducing playtime in favor of more time to lern math and literacy. But pay can deepen learning even in core content areas” (Wohlwend, & Peppler, 2015, p. 22) I don’t agree that the Common Core forces schools into this false dichotomy—in fact, I believe the Common Core Standards (CCS) allow us to write our own curriculum as long as we can justify it with what is outlined that students need to learn at a variety of grade levels. In fact, I would reach further than both the authors of this article and the CCS and proclaim that we need to blend playtime styles of learning with CCS, thus exceed the expectations of both.
I have much experience with both teaching freely—then being pushed into a testing vortex …
I gained so much inspiration this week from reading other’s posts, commenting on these, participating in a Twitter Session and reading/watching pertinent video clips on how to weave play, electronic circuitry, and content areas into the learning process. This was a very inspiring week!
Discussions from Week 10’s Blog:
First, I really enjoyed reading your post! I really did not realize just how much technology has spread across the arts and wearable fashion. When our students have time for creating, they are amazing at it. From past experiences I have had with them, I believe this Bike Turn Signal Jacket would be awesome! Our students at Lewis Anagapak Memorial School would probably have different applications to their design; since they ride bikes usually in daylight (after the snow has melted). The issue is more about seeing kids walking on the boardwalk during daylight hours with 4-wheelers and snow machines riding by.
That craft site with beginner tutorials would awesome—especially projected onto a Smartboard and having students draw on the board.
Thank you for sharing that Chibitronics video!
Wasn’t Jie Qi’s dandelion painting beautiful. And yes—an awesome example of how we can incorporate art, technology (electronics) and science.
I noticed the classroom pack as well—but missed the educator discount. This sounds like a great deal for getting started. Then we can take off on our own as facilitators of teaching circuitry and art.
I replied to Daysha’s initial Post:
It seems like young kids will be very non-threatened by using Chibitronics. One problem we may encounter is that they will need to begin with those specific instructions, and likely want to jump ahead. If we as facilitators can control the urge to teach “why” (circuits, etc. ), and slow them down to follow directions for how to make it work first. Then the next project can be more of their own creation and some explanation of positives/negatives/ neutrons etc. woven in.
My bachelor’s degree was in Home Economics–Social Services. When you talk about uneven seams, this definitely brings back memories! Sewing with electronics is something I am going to do.
Play dough circuits sound so fun! AnnMaria Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy dough; demonstrated that homemade playdough has half the resistance (meaning it will conduct electricity) of commercial playdough. Sugardough has 150 times the resistance of salted dough. Combining these can mean parallel and series circuits, LED lights work when the legs are separated in the dough not work when the dough is pushed together. So I bookmarked the links to the videos you shared: http://stthomas.edu/SquishyCircuits
Thank you for sharing the CircuitSticker Storytelling YouTube (Chibitronics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQtPhaVraZA I saw the potential!
Daysha replied to my initial post:
Aleta, I agree that crafting may be another avenue to teach electronics and programing to students who might not be interested in it otherwise. I also love the idea of the light up Kuspuks! What a great way to blend cultural traditions with new technologies! Can you imagine if they designed it to look like the northern lights?
I replied to her on my post:
Daysha, I had not even thought of the northern lights idea! A fading in and out on curved lines going down the back (especially in colors from whitish to greens! I was trying to think of using LEDs on the ric/rac zig/zag design they usually sew in, but didn’t really feel that was creative enough. We have group intellect going on here! Thank you for that, Daysha, because I am beginning to better understand how powerful that can be.
Wohlwend, K. & Peppler, K. (2015). All rigor and no play is no way to improve learning. Kappan, 96, pp. 22-26. kappanmagazine.org,