• littleBits
  • littleBits in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua – a review of last years effort and preparing for 2016

    This past January (2015) I traveled to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua as co-leader of a service learning class from Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). While in Nicaragua we conducted 3 ‘maker’ workshops with youth from a local orphanage in Puerto Cabezas. These workshops introduced littleBits and basic circuitry concepts to 21 youth – 12 boys and […]

  • digital literacy
  • From computer code to code of law: Enlarging the concept of procedural literacy beyond computing.

    In planning for an upcoming workshop with youth I’ve been thinking more deeply about the meaning of digital literacy. Like any literacy, there are layers of ability that can be developed. And there are orientations to the teaching of these literacies – social contexts and goals (whether stated or implicit) – that can lead to […]

  • digital literacy
  • Minecraft, littleBits – virtual/physical interactions and sensing

    This past July we did some work with littleBits and Minecraft (video below) which has lead to some further thoughts and development. Once you start taking these two tools seriously there is a tremendous amount of potential in their educational use. One of the most important aspects for me is the connection of the virtual […]