We’re celebrating Computer Science Week with countless Hours of Code activities around the United States and the world. I think that it’s fitting to extend the challenge of not only bringing making into the Hour of Code but also game design. This week on the Getting Smart website, Lindsey Own (2015) wrote a blog post […]Read more "Reflections on Making"
I attended the WCET annual meeting this week. It was unexpected because I hadn’t submitted a proposal but I was asked to talk on a early adopter or innovation panel. At best I’m a short term futurist or maybe I just have my Google alerts setup well. What surprised me was how well the emerging […]Read more "Making, Adminstrators and Exploring Innovation for the Classroom"
This week I made a tutorial using voicethread on the Escape project. While I listed this as being suitable for middle school students for Next Generation Science Standard for energy, I think with a few tweaks it could also work high school. I listed it as Energy MS-PS3-5 Next Generation Science Standards but I think […]Read more "Tutorial for Escape"
For the third project, I thought I would be doing a derivative of The Makey Journey. The Makey Journey is a project that appealed to me when we reviewed Maker/Scratch projects during the first week. It combines sprites going through multiple scenes in Scratch while the teams in real life follow a circuit either in […]Read more "So Many Choices…Wish I Had More Time and Space"
I’m still toying with the final project being an escape room but one that the students or educators would need to build. Last week, I went with a haunted house theme but I am starting to lean towards something that is part Sherlock Holmes and part McGyver. So this could be a part of greater […]Read more "Simulators and Sherlock Holmes"
My project this week turned out to be more of a proof of concept and while I will be using this technique for my project, I don’t think I will end up with the haunted house theme. I went back and reviewed the projects online but didn’t find exactly what I wanted. To my surprise […]Read more "Combining Scratch and Makey Makey"
For me, so far doing the Scratch projects has been enjoyable but not applicable to what I can take into a classroom. I have been trying to look at how I could use one of the short games for Machinima or maybe how a project could be part of an escape room but it has […]Read more "Making and Games"