• making
  • (Civic) Making for Sustainability – Career Explorations 2016 session

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    (Civic) Making for Sustainability – Technology, community and agriculture.  How does technology connect communities? How can the Maker Movement contribute to sustainability? During this session we’ll explore these questions in order to design and prototype technologies and systems for a vibrant, multifaceted community nexus. Some of the issues we’ll be exploring include: sustainability and innovative […]

  • cross-cultural
  • Trash or treasure: Developing a game for youth about recycling, trash and community health.

    A short presentation about a recent student project in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. Our first attempt at creating an educational game, and an opportunity to learn a lot of lessons about what it takes to do such a thing successfully. As we are thinking about our next class and projects we will be integrating some of […]

  • 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 […]