by Mia C. Zamora
"What was intriguing during the "Hack Your Notebook Day" was the transformative power of this work. The general consensus before the workshop was that the time spent on this engagement would be a pleasant "time-out" craft session…. A bit of time away from the "real work." But for all that, this "detour” workshop effectively opened up the heart of the teaching and learning enterprise. Our KUWP teacher/writers were now assuming the position of the learners, embarking in unknown territory for reasons still somewhat vague to them. In many ways, their positioning mirrored a similar resistance that kids today might feel when introduced to some "random" writing approach in their classroom. By the close of our time together, we found we were transported to a fresh perspective.
"What a revelation to consider the palpable frustration we experienced when we couldn't make the circuits work (and the feeling of rising failure that might overcome us if we couldn't make it work). We also discussed the first time the LED lit up — the very real empowerment of that little light coming into view. (There were several audible gasps and exaltations from our group when the circuits started to light up). We considered why we chose certain aspects of our composition to illuminate, and what kind of thought went into selecting certain words and images to highlight with illumination."