As I reflect over the past seven weeks of Maker Education I am excited to share what I have learned with my students this fall. I found the Maker Movement pushed my thinking and creativity. When I received my Squishy Circuit in the mail at the end of June and began to explore I knew I was in for a big surprise.
The squishy circuit came with LED lights, buzzers, and a battery pack. There were also directions on how to make conductive play dough and insulator play dough. I created a game out of a Stratego board, play dough, and LED lights. The game would be wonderful for my students to play but I found that the play dough dried up fairly quickly. When I read the blog from a young lady in Ireland she also made something out of the squishy circuits but she used copper tape to make her game. I think when I remake the game board I will use the copper tape instead of the play dough. If I want to give the students more of a challenge I would have them create their own boards and then play the game. The game would be a perfect review and practice for my RTI students. I will ask the para-professionals to keep track of engagement and formative assessments to see if the game seems to engage the students. The game I created covers a portion of the Common Core Standards that are assessed at my school.
Over the last seven weeks I have been pushed outside my bubble to create, research, and implement new technologies. The first couple of weeks were challenging with the Maker Kits but I was proud of my innovative game I created and I enjoyed adding to my lesson plan and revising so I can use it in my classroom. One thing I learned is that I need to let my students be creative and create things. I need to let them use the resources such as sketch up and popplet. One area I think I fell a little flat was the MOOC lesson. I am hoping to revise my lesson so my staff can use it to set up their own Schoology page this fall. I am excited to share all the new things I learned from this class. I am thrilled to share the new resources I have learned with my students and see what they can create and learn!