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Tinkering and Innovating in Education
This topic is about Tinkering & Innovating in education. Cover photo c/o Gever Tulley http://bit.ly/XOb9ku
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Brightworks: An Extraordinary School

"Brightworks is a school that reimagines education. By taking the best practices from both early childhood education and hands-on, project-based experiential learning, we strive to meet students’ needs in a flexible, mixed-age environment that breaks the traditional walls between school and the community outside the classroom. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creative capacity, tenacity, and citizenship." 

-- from source: http://sfbrightworks.org

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:26 AM

This site is a wonderful resource. Brightworks is a great innovative school found by Gever Tulley, Education Architect. You can read more about him on the Brightworks staff page.

 

Be sure to also have a look at the Brightworks Arc pages for more detail about the structure employed "... At Brightworks, students explore ideas and pursue their interests through a structure we call an arc. Each arc takes as its premise a central theme, to be explored from multiple perspectives. Students interact with this theme in three different phases: exploration, expression, and exposition." http://sfbrightworks.org/the-brightworks-arc/

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Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age | Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production in a Digital Age:


> Eric Siegel: Peers and Colleagues Build Student Confidence
     New York Hall of Science Director Eric Siegel describes the optimal museum experience and how we can map those kinds of experiences onto our schools.

 

> Mike Petrich: An Invitation to The Learning Studio
     Exploratorium PIE Co-director Mike Petrich says that engagement means empowerment and tinkering and play could be a regular part of a public school day.

 

> Jamie Cortez: Try it and Fail
     San Francisco artist/performer/teacher Jamie Cortez talks about roadblocks to tinkering and creativity in the traditional school setting.

 

> Allison Clark: You Can Still Be You and Become a Scientist
     Allison Clark of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign gives an up-close "tour" of the Hip Hop Information Technology Tour that empowers students to tinker with technology.

 

> John Seely Brown: The Open Architectural Studio
     Scientist, Speaker, Writer, Teacher John Seely Brown sees creativity lacking in today’s teaching and learning environment."

-- from source: http://www.carnegiefoundation.org

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This page leads to five other pages with summaries and video interviews with the authors about their topic. A great resource for integrating tinkering as a mode of knowledge in curriculum for education and training.

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SketchUp | 3D for Everyone

"SketchUp users are architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. They are the people who shape the physical world. They are important, and they deserve great tools because great tools produce great work.

 

Great tools are ones you look forward to using. They do one thing (or maybe two) really, really well. They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both. And they are, in their own way, beautiful.

 

At SketchUp, we do our best to make great tools for drawing. For our users, drawing is thinking. They draw to explore ideas, to figure things out, to show other people what they mean. They draw because they love it, and because nothing great was ever built that didn't start with a great drawing." from source: http://www.sketchup.com/

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SketchUp is one of the free tools that folks who are engaged in 3D printing and MakerSpaces find to be a great starting point to help new learners to design and create their own objects.

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