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3 years ago
One interesting and potential application of mixed reality at Smith Learning Theater is prototyping in mixed reality at a design event. I ran into this paper on prototyping in virtual reality, and it presents several useful guidelines for planning such activities. These points are helpful as we cons...
Play is an important approach for students to learn about robots in an open-ended robotics program. Through play, students investigate how robots work and they learn about engineering and programming principles. Playful talk, such as joking, in these open activities is an important social aspect that can contribute to effective collaboration and group learning. In a recent study, researchers wanted to understand in what ways these playful conversa...
While the idea of robots teaching students in research labs isn't exactly new, the robotics program at Longmont Public Library in Colorado is special because it's becoming an integral part of the community's day-to-day life. Born of a collaboration between Longmont Library and a local robotics engineering company, the
4 years ago
I have been thinking about adding sound elements to our “lego" wall and bricks, and here is a maker project “Edlab Brick Piano” (using Makey Makey and Sratch) at the seminar space. Touch the copper tapes and start play! At level zero, the keyboard layout is the same as a regular piano. You can choose advanced levels to put keys in random orders, and challenge yourself to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars within 2 minutes at various levels. I don’t have a good timer soluti...
Every sector of the economy experiences trends—even the furniture industry! Treadmill desks have become a hip marker of a progressive office environment, a way to show that businesses care about employee health and well-being. In addition to health benefits, some preliminary studies have found that treadmills can enhance work productivity. And even better, a recent study provides even more encouraging findings for treadmill desk lovers—walking boosts creati...
4 years ago
I'm attending a webcast on this topic now. Will take notes as it proceeds.
4 years ago
This past weekend I attended the Fablearn 2015 Conference on Creativity and Fabrication in Education at Stanford University. It was an amazing conference with librarians, educators, researchers and young makers from across the United States and all over the world presenting and sharing research, practices and projects about the maker movement in education. The theme for the conference this year is equity and diversity in makin...
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CodeMonkey is a game platform for children ages nine and up that teaches CoffeeScript, a programming language primarily used for web applications. In gameplay, learners have to help a monkey character get bananas by writing CoffeeScript code to direct the monkey's movements and actions. The CoffeeScript syntax used in the game is easy to understand and learn. T...
Talk Different is a communication app that lets users talk with graphics. The app's creator, the mother of an autistic child, wanted to give users the ability to transcend the communication barriers of verbal disabilities, literacy, and language fluency. Users can draft messages by choosing images from a variety of themes that include verbs, activities, clothing, house, school, and nature an...
"It takes a village to raise a child" is the traditional African proverb; however, the social environment in modern society has changed dramatically, so much so that villages are not available for most children. This video introduces community efforts at Hilltop Pittsburgh to build a supportive network of learning that serves as a village for the under-resourced community children and youth in the neighborhood. One strength of this network ...