Okay so I've written the grants and purchased all of this technology for our students to make with and.....
What? It's not all roses? Today was one of those days. I had the perfect combination of students who couldn't help themselves much less each other. In addition to that, several students decided to make bad decisions that aren't easily fixed.
I am thankful because Wonder Workshop and Little Bits have stood behind their products and many times have replaced broken pieces. Now I have to contact them again. Over the course of the last year, Wonder Workshop has replaced three of our Dashes... even paid for the shipping and Little Bits has replaced several fans and vibration motors. I really appreciate both of these companies because they understand how powerful their product is for our learners and don't make it difficult when something goes wrong even if it might be a student's fault.
As the school year wraps up and the beautiful weather begins, SP Innovation Lab is coming to an end for this school year. This week and next week will be Make and Take in the SP Innovation Lab. It is amazing what our students are creating with random materials.
Each week students in grades 2 and 3 have the opportunity to choose SP Innovation Lab during their first recess for four days straight to pursue any area of interest and creation. Sometimes students choose 3D printing, Minecraft, or robotics but since the arrival of Bloxels, there has been a large group of students designing their own video games by creating backgrounds, animations, and characters. This week we had to expand to another table for all of the group.
Students are bringing Bloxels into the classroom as part of their passion projects and teaching others about a specific topic. Next week another grade level team will be bringing student fairytales to life using Bloxels. I can't wait to share what our students are doing. Our student designers will be at the Madison Mini Maker Faire in May sharing their Bloxel projects.
The best part of Bloxels is how quickly they respond to our questions through twitter. Excellent product and company!
No personal credit can be taken for this fabulousness that I am blogging about. These two students did this during SP Innovation Lab with DoInk and our green screen. I just stepped back and watched as they figured out the app on their own and created this video about Minecraft.
Travis, from InnovatED, interviewed the creators of Bloxels and I have to say that I love Bloxels even more now that I know the people and thought process behind Bloxels.
This week one of our second graders used Morphi to create her own drawn design. She drew on the iPad in the Morphi app to create her own special design. After she was finished she emailed me her finished .stl for our 3D printer.
Meet Morphi .... an app that will change how you and your students design for your 3D printer. This app is free with a school volume discount option for even more resources. I love Tinkercad but it doesn't work on our iPads. Morphi is very much like Tinkercad in the features that the students have access to. Check out theirtutorial videos.
This past summer I was able to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge through a grant with Donor's Choose. It was 4 days of engaging in the design process.
1. Proposing an idea of something we always wanted to create
2. Finding common souls who wanted to create the same thing
3. Learning how to create our dream with others
4. Trying and failing
5. Sharing our final design
Instead of learning how to teach, we were learning how to learn.