While 3D printing gives you the ability to fabricate completely custom parts, it does have some drawbacks. One issue is the time and cost of printing large volumes. Often these structures are simple, and do not require ...
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.
Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.
Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.
After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.
From [Basami Sentaku] in Japan comes this 8bit harmonica. [Basami] must remember those golden days of playing Famicom (or Nintendo Entertainment System for non-Japanese players). As the systems aged, the contacts would spread.
HackerSpaces and DIY community Off-Topic. ... How many people know about Hacker-Spaces and the DIY Maker movement? Chances are there is a ... Here is the mission statement of my hacker space so you get a general idea what its about: A non-profit ...
Whenever I'm visiting a city, I try to arrange my trip to visit the local hackerspace. This past week I was in Las Vegas, touring Zappos and the Downtown Project and a visit to SYN Shop, the Las Vegas hackerspace was high on my list.
When people marvel ask Stan Munro how he has the patience to create his elaborate sculptures, he says it's by taking one day at a time, very much how he and his wife Suzi were able to work through the toughest parts of her illness.