Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Workshop 7 -- Design, Construction, and Technology
This workshop will focus on technology as an aid for learning. Mitchel Resnick will discuss the effect of technology on learning when students design and construct tools to support their own inquiries. You will see examples of teachers using technology in their classrooms and get a sneak peek at Resnick's newest learning tool—the cricket.
Professor in the Epistemology and Learning Group at the Media Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mitchel Resnick studies the role of technological tools in thinking and learning and develops new computational tools that help people (especially children) learn new things in new ways. He is the author of Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams, and is the cofounder of the Computer Clubhouse Project, a network of afterschool learning centers.
Workshop 7 Timeline
Getting Ready -- 30 Minutes
30 minutes--Card Sort
You were asked to bring with you a deck of cards. Shuffle the cards. Remove one card from the deck and set it aside without looking at it. Spread out the remaining cards, face up, so that all 51 faces are visible. Without touching the cards, determine which one is missing. Check your answer by looking at the card you set aside. (Each participant should do this activity individually.)
As a group, discuss the methods used to discover the missing card. How many different methods were there? Were some better than others? What constitutes a "better" method?
If time allows:
Watch the Workshop Video -- 60 Minutes
Going Further -- 30 Minutes
30 minutes--Design a Sheet/Blanket Folder
Folding sheets and blankets neatly is easy when someone is around to help you, but hard for one person to do alone because of the size of the object to be folded. Design a device that would help someone fold sheets and blankets.
Discuss your design process. How did you decide what problems needed to be addressed? How did you go about addressing them? Did you learn anything from the process?
What can you take from this experience that you could apply to learning in your classroom? How might you incorporate a design activity into an upcoming lesson or unit that you have planned?
For Next Time
Look for a newspaper, magazine or Web article about an education issue in a country other than the United States. Bring the article with you to Workshop 8.
Please remember to bring the concept map that you made in Workshop 3 with you to Workshop 8.
In preparation for Workshop 8, please read the summary of "Facing Consequences" by William Schmidt. (All readings are included in the Appendix.)
You might want to think about the following:
Moon Phase Guide
If you know the directions in which the Moon rises and sets, a Moon Phase Guide is a useful tool for determining the time at which the Moon rises and sets.
Building a Moon Phase Guide
Materials: Moon Phase Guide template, Corrugated cardboard (15 cm x 15 cm), Pushpin or thumbtack, Almanac, newspaper, or calendar, Scissors, Glue or paste
Using a Moon Phase Guide
Becker, K. (1994). Moon phase dial. In N.B. Ball, H.P. Coyle, I.I. Shapiro (Eds.) Project SPICA.Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co:Dubuque, Iowa.
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