Last Friday I organised and helped run, with some other colleagues, an event at school to help celebrate Arduino Day. My idea was to hold an event in the LRC at lunchtime, demo the Pi-Bot as it did line following and include Arduino Uno boards where staff and students could code, tinker and play. I … Continue reading Arduino Day 2015 Event
Last Thursday I attended Learning with Maker Spaces at Macquarie University's MacICT Innovations Centre. The workshop was presented by John Burfoot, who also led last week's EV3 Robotics workshop. This day was all about maker spaces and covered many different topics: What makes a good maker space? What equipment is needed? Storage methods Suppliers Activities … Continue reading Learning with maker Spaces at MacICT
I am involved with 3D printing at my school and we are currently looking to upgrade our current printer with a new, dual-head machine. I thought I would have a look online to see what is available. Here are my current top 3 picks. CreatBox DX Series - $2995 This printer has a bed size … Continue reading Which 3D printer?
Today I attended the Robotics in the Classroom professional learning workshop at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre. The course was presented by John Burfoot, an experienced teacher and robotics educator who has spoken and presented at numerous events in Australia and internationally. He began by talking about a recent conference he attended in San Diego, USA, … Continue reading Robotics in the Classroom – MacICT Workshop
All conferences now moved to over 20 roundtable and breakout session on a wide variety of topics. My first roundtable was Neil Bramsen on the topic of STEM programs and 21st century learning (K-6). This session was very helpful and gave me so many ideas of project based learning to do at school. He talked … Continue reading Future Schools Expo – Day 2 (part 2)
Day 2 began with opening remarks from Dr Megan Vazey, STEM consultant, Association of Independent Schools, NSW. Megan talked about having an intimate relationship with the computer, it is not just a tool to get something done, the relationship is much more important and deeper than that. She also talked about how it is important … Continue reading Future Schools Expo – Day 2 (part 1)
Here are some of the main takeaways from the day: Let kids play, discover I do a lot of good stuff already Have confidence in the kids, let them work things out for themselves Computational thinking is key, it is not just learning the latest programming language Students as creators, not just consumers Learning needs … Continue reading Main points from Future Schools day 1