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Makers,making,diy and hacking citations

As of December 9, 2014: Journal articles I’ve gathered around the topic of makers and making. Many read, a handful left to work through, and more to discover. Does not include books – update on those coming soon.   Bevan, B., Gutwill, J. P., Petrich, […]

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 […]

Raising funds to support technology workshops in Nicaragua

michael-kids-smallerThis January (2015) I’ll be heading off to Nicaragua for two weeks. During my time there I will be conducting several technology workshops with youth. While I am still in the planning process I do know that I will be using littleBits as the core tool set for these workshops. Right now I am hoping to run 4 workshops – 2 on the Atlantic Coast (Puerto Cabezas) and two inland in Matagalpa. While littleBits is donating some modules I am hoping to raise funds to purchase additional modules and possible a few other components. I am not used to asking folks for money like this but as I am self-funding I find that it is necessary if I hope to have a full range of flexibility in the workshop activities and outcomes.

http://www.gofundme.com/gkug8o

This past summer I used littleBits in a workshop for 4-H here on campus and had very good results. You can learn more about that work here: http://littlebits.cc/educator-spotlight-paul-treadwell

As always I am more than happy to talk about this work and answer questions, so please feel free to drop a comment here and I’ll respond.

Thanks,

Paul

Performing Public Narrative: Oral history, play-making and dialog

A bit of history and explanation: Over the past few years I have done a number of oral history interviews with folks who work for Cornell Cooperative Extension. At the same time I’ve also been involved in work around digital storytelling and social media. Within […]

My Review of Moodle Course Design Best Practices

Like any powerful system, Moodle offers a daunting array of possibilities to a new course designer and knowing where and how to begin can be a challenging – if not paralyzing – proposition. Moodle Course Design Best Practices offers a cure for that paralysis, providing […]

Preparing for Career Ex 2014 HackJam

Osamu IwasakiIt all begins tomorrow. This year we’ll be (hopefully) making and hacking a bit, which is a deviation from my past few yearly sessions and a bit of a challenge. Lately I’ve strayed away from, the hardware and technical aspects of things – focusing more on the social (storytelling) potential of digital media – but this session will return me to my roots in some ways. In prepping for the session I’ve re-visited my early days a bit, recollecting experiences with Hollis Frampton and learning assembly language programming for the 8088. But enough with the nostalgia.

Tomorrow afternoon we’ll introduce the gear we have to work with and form project groups. As always there are varying technical capabilities within the group of 20 kids.I think we’ve provided for that range of capabilities by including a fairly broad spectrum of tech to work with from littleBits to Raspberry Pi, we should be able to find a fit for everyone.

We’ll be updating as we go along over at http://blogs.cornell.edu/careerex2014hackjam/.

My motivations for shifting focus for this session comes from several directions, but the initial genesis can be found in the two paragraphs below (with (some) citations- maybe someday the two paragraphs will grow into a paper):

Working from a Freirean pedagogical foundation I propose enlarging the concept of literacy to include the literacy of hacking. The increasing ubiquity of technology, the pervasiveness of connectedness mediated by technology and the intentionally ‘black box’ quality of so much tech it is now imperative that youth can ‘read’ these technologies. The promise of technology as a method of empowerment necessitates a serious consideration of the ability of users to work with, as opposed to working on, new hardware and software. The literacies of hacking and making are fundamental to the development of technologies that increase freedom.

This process of reading and the development of these new literacies, should lead to a liberatory faculty – being able to re-mix, hack or make, new technology to allow for the emergence or creation of new worlds. These worlds are not predetermined by a corporation, but arise from the combination of imagination, technology and agency. The literacies of hacking moves users from passive and consumptive objects to active subjects (makers).

References

Blikstein, P., & Krannich, D. (2013, June). The makers’ movement and FabLabs in education: experiences, technologies, and research. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 613-616). ACM.

Blikstein, P. (2013). Digital Fabrication and “Making”in Education: The Democratization of Invention. FabLabs: Of Machines, Makers and Inventors. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/download/30555959/Blikstein-2013-Making_The_Democratization_of_Invention.pdf

Copeland, S. (2009). Digital Storytelling : A cross-boundary method for intergenerational groups in rural communities A study in rural England, 1–7.

Freire, P., & Macedo, D. P. (1987). Literacy: Reading the word & the world. South Hadley, Mass: Bergin & Garvey Publishers.

Freire, P. (2000). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Continuum.

Mayson, S. (2013). People-Centred Desktop Design and Manufacture: a review of web enabled open source tools for localised community focused inclusive design. In Include Asia 2013: Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Inclusive Design (pp. 1-10). Royal College of Art.

Söderberg, J. (2008). Hacking capitalism: The free and open source software movement. New York: Routledge.

Poems I have been using lately

Poems I have been using lately

Lately I have been kicking off workshops and some meetings with a poem. This is not a startling new innovation – folks have been doing it for quite some time now – but I’ve begun compiling a collection of what I am calling ‘working poems’. […]

Short stories | Building a narrative with social media

Short stories | Building a narrative with social media

Short stories | Building a narrative with social media from Paul Treadwell .@ptreadwell kicks off a workshop on building narratives with social media #extrecon #coopext pic.twitter.com/FtXHNtF3Sv — CornellCoopExtension (@ccecornell) May 6, 2014

Building narratives with social media, workshop agenda

Agenda/timeline for the upcoming Short stories: Building narratives with social media workshop series. The first session is front loaded with a lot of content and less ‘creation’ in order to (hopefully) establish a common baseline to work from. Participants are bringing a varied, though generally not high, level of familiarity with Twitter and Instagram. It is a challenge to teach the tool and technique in such a compressed amount of time, so I suppose I should find or develop a few quick start guides for the tools for folks to walk away with as an ongoing support mechanism.

Download the PDF file .

Considering public narratives

Considering public narratives

I recently gave a short workshop on digital and social media and public narratives. In preparing I accumulated some resources but also began to think deeply again (or reconsider) the issue of hope in the stories we tell. I have often fallen into the easy […]