Tinkering with Intention

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Tinkering with Intention

  1. 1. TINKERING WITHINTENTIONCREATIVE LEARNING COMPUTERS AND MAKERSPACES MICHAEL SMITH-WELCHWWW.MICHAELSMITHWELCH.NET MSW@MEDIA.MIT.EDU
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  4. 4. The tinker. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  5. 5. I do not like the word tinkering. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  7. 7. Does tinkering sound like a four letter word? TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  8. 8. The word for tinkering - in Dutch - is “froebelen.” TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  9. 9. Hij is een “froebelen.”* *Rough translation: “He is just a tinkerer.”This is a phrase artists and crafts people in Holland use to describe people who do not produce very much or produce anything of good quality or of value. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  10. 10. Tinkering as a learning process. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  11. 11. PL ANNI NG T IN KE RI NGDo it o nc e , do it right I ter ate, it era te, i terate Ta rge te d O p en -en d ed Top down Bo tto m u p S ch ool c u rr iculum F re e pl ay De s ig n t he n build D es ig n a s yo u b u i ld TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  13. 13. Tinkering as a relationship with materials. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  21. 21. Learning through making. Learning through materials. TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  22. 22. Tim Rollins:“Art is political not somuch in its form or itscontent but in the way that it is made.” TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  23. 23. Seymour Papert and constructionism:“I am convinced that the best learning takes place when the learner takes charge.” TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  24. 24. Logo Programming Language TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  30. 30. Mitchel Resnick: “In today’s rapidly changing world, peoplemust continually come upwith creative solutions to unexpected problems.Success is based not onlyon what you know or how much you know, but on your ability to think and act creatively.” TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  32. 32. Froebel and the firstkindergarten - 1837 TINKERING WITH INTENTION
  33. 33. Froebel’s Gifts TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  37. 37. Low Floor - Easy access to ideas and creating High Ceiling - Room for creating more complex ideasWide Walls - Space for developing a wide range of ideas in a variety of disciplines TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  40. 40. www.picocricket.comMeet the PicoCricket Beamer Send programs from your computer to your PicoCricket. Motor & Motor Board Display Resistance Sensor Sound Sensor How much resistance is there How loud is the sound? Make the motor move. Display numbers. between the alligator clips? Touch Sensor Light Sensor When is the button touched? How bright is the light? Colored Lights Sound Box PicoCricket Light up any color. Make a melody or rhythm. Program it to control your creations. d play Plug in the parts, program, an TINKERING WITH INTENTION
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  84. 84. Michael Smith-Welchwww.michaelsmithwelch.net msw@media.mit.edu

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