AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

AC-T Maker Experience #makerdot

This year’s AC-T #makerdot experience served as an awesome opportunity to model design thinking, immerse students and educators into making as a means of learning and creating, as well as serve as inspiration for educators to design or redesign a lesson for students that would include technology integration. Each session connected to learning goals and the Core. Too often maker experiences are dismissed and not given respect as a meaningful learning experience. The experience is meaningful and supports learning if the experience is designed for that. Isn’t this true of all that we do?

Check out some of the students’ work:
AC-T Digital Storytelling

AC-T Digital Storytelling

AC-T PhotoWalk

A Few Comments from Educators on the Feedback Form…
“It is always inspiring to see the students as individuals with their own learning style and their own strengths and weaknesses. Even students I think I know well show me something about themselves I wasn’t aware of.”

“I was inspired by the kids during the marble run. Our group had a part that needed fixed so that the marble would roll out and they figured it out without me telling them how to fix it. I loved working with kids and also seeing what I was capable of.”

“I think these types of experiences are not the only way we should be teaching, but they add to and enhance what teachers are already doing to make our students’ education even better and more meaningful to them. The reason our students do so well during these ‘special’ days is due to the great work our classroom teachers are doing every day. These experiences expose both teachers and students to new ways of thinking that hopefully can be carried over in classroom settings.”


2015 #makerdot Sessions
Monday
Title: Marble Run
Who: Leslie Pralle Keehn
Description: Building a marble run allows students to get creative and hands-on in an exciting engineering challenge with clear and immediate results. Will the marble make it from top to bottom? How long of a run can you build? What design modifications might increase the marble’s speed? Explore these challenges and more as we build, test, and make our work better!
Title: Paper Circuitry
Who: Julie Graber
Description: Have you seen PJ’s, t-shirts, shoes, or even hats that light up? Wonder how that works? You will use your imagination and creativity to design something using paper that you will be able to light up by using similar materials that are used in the clothing that lights up.
Title: 5 Photo Stories
Who: Erin Olson
Description: In partners, students will take 3-5 photos. Each photo will be part of a story. Students will photo edit as well add their voice and text to their story. During our time together, we will focus on the parts of the story (lower elementary-beginning, middle, end; upper elementary-exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion). Students will use Shadow Puppet Edu to publish their story. All of their stories will be combined and published to YouTube.
Title: Photowalk: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Who: Erin Olson
Description: Focusing on basic principles of photography, students will go on a photo walk capturing what they see everyday. After taking pictures of NOUNS, students will choose a photo to photo edit. Students will experiment with edits to apply a chosen design principle (asymmetry, symmetry, rhythm) while applying the rule of thirds.  As a challenge, students will attempt a six word story to accompany their photo.
Title: Sphero Chariot Challenge
Who: Meredith Allen
Description: Spheros are robotic balls that can be controlled via Bluetooth on iPads.  The Sphero Chariot Challenge is a fun, interactive activity that will challenge students to use creativity and team-work to move through simple steps of the design process to build a chariot to race with their Sphero. Students will brainstorm designs for their chariots both individually and in groups. The teams will build their own Sphero chariot and then of course, RACE!
Title: Brain Gym
Who: Mrs. Sievers
Description: Are you a listening learner, a seeing learner, or an experience learner?  Find out more about how you learn and do some activities and games to provide a workout for your brain!
Title: Art Projects
Who: Mrs. Bean
Description: Students created bracelets and designed pumpkins!
Tuesday
Title: 3 Photo Stories
Who: Erin Olson
Description: How can we use pictures to tell stories? In partners, students will choose 3 printed photos. Each photo will be part of a story. Students will photo edit as well as add their voice and text to their story. During our time together, we will focus on the parts of the story (beginning, middle, end). Students will use Shadow Puppet Edu to publish their story. All of their stories will be combined and published to YouTube.
Title: littleBits For Big Brains
Who: Meredith Allen
Description: littleBits are electronic building blocks that allow students of all ages and abilities to create powerful, sophisticated electronics in a matter of seconds.  Students will collaborate in pairs/small groups to build simple circuits through experimentation and play while completing a series of challenges.
Title: Cardboard Creativity
Who: Meredith Allen
Description: Students are invited to explore their creative play by designing and building anything they can dream up using cardboard & tape (and anything else that is available!). Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are wrapped into one amazing student-centered experience!
Title: Marble Run
Who: Julie Graber
Description: Building a marble run allows students to get creative and take part in a hands-on, exciting engineering challenge with clear and immediate results. Will the marble make it from top to bottom? How long of a run can you build? What design modifications might increase the marble’s speed? Explore these challenges and more as they build, test, and make their work better!
Title: StopMotion Sentence
Who: Jen Sammons and Magnum Peterson
Description: Make your sentence come to life! Come use stopmotion video to illustrate a descriptive sentence. We will use many supplies (playdough, paper, legos, blocks, pictures)  to make your writing come alive.
Title: PhotoShare: We are Wild About AC-T…
Who: Erin Olson
Description: Students will use Chatterpix to share what they are wild about. They will take pictures of their favorite faces and spaces to create a video. Students will become familiar with the camera on the iPad as well as work to give their opinion and explain the why.
Title: Brain Gym
Who: Mrs. Sievers
Description: Are you a listening learner, a seeing learner, or an experience learner?  Find out more about how you learn and do some activities and games to provide a workout for your brain!
Title: Art Projects
Who: Mrs. Bean
Description: Students created bracelets and designed pumpkins!