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(Civic) Making for Sustainability – Career Explorations 2016 session

(Civic) Making for Sustainability – Career Explorations 2016 session

(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 […]

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 […]

Stardew Valley – first impressions.

It’s all over the internets these days – Stardew Valley is wildly popular. And while I am, at best, a casual gamer I do pay attention, peripherally, to games and gaming. I am an unabashed advocate for Minecraft as a tool for education. So, is […]

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 […]

Vector Transfer – The irregular podcast. Episode 1

    Links to things: Minecraft/bitcoin – one example: https://www.playmc.com/ Voxelnauts: http://voxelnauts.com/ Virtual Economies (book):  http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Economies-Design-Analysis-Information/dp/0262027259/

‘Making” in public

  Last week I was able to spend 2 days at the New York State Fair as part of our attempt to get the Civic Makers program up and running. A large part of our time at the fair was spent talking and tinkering with […]

Civic makers

Civics, for some of us of a certain age, might call up memories of somewhat musty school books, droning teachers and student councils. It is one of those terms that can seem endearingly dated in our ironic (or are we post-ironic yet?), cynical post-democratic ( […]

Snap together solutions

Last week we ran our first code to craft workshop with 20 youth from across New York state. They formed 5 teams and set about using the available technologies (Scratch, littleBits, Arduino and more) to develop solutions to a community issue or problem. This is […]

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 […]

Design and Technology Session with Teens – from 2003

Just a bit of archival preservation here. In 2003 we did a 4-H Career Explorations session on Design and Technology. In the past few years I have looked for, but been unable to find, the documents related to this event. Today I did stumble on […]