Bianca Ní Ghrógáin (@bnighrogain) has posted an anouncement about a MakeyMakey workshop for both beginners and intermediate levels. She will present both workshops at Blackrock Education Centre on 2nd of October 2014. Please book through the BEC website.
SFFS Learning Commons (@SFFSLearningCmn) has posted a link to this video about Xylophone stairs created by 7th/8th graders. This musical endeavor could be turned into a pretty serious physical challenge.
One of the principal questions Weber asks in his article is "Who owns the learning?"
"The question is simple, yet complex. When I see a Makey-Makey lab or Genius Hour, students own their learning. When I visit a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class, students are designing and creating. When I see students working in collaborative teams and challenging each other’s ideas, I see deep learning."
It's great to see creative tech incorporated into the school curricula, and it's encouraging that educators are also seeing value in this trend and are advocating for its broader implementation.
Terri Eichholz (@terrieichholz) wrote a blog post about some uses for MakeyMakey (yes, it's not all about playing novelty pianos). Terri discovered a whole lot of inspirational examples that she plans to bring into her classroom together with some innovative cardboard creations.
It's always a delight when someone kindly composes an (inoffensive) song about you. Shane Abell (@ShaneAbell) did just that:
MakeyMakey is an awesome tool
MakeyMakey is super dooper cool
A banana piano was just the start
Now we are ripping waves apart
Soaring around the skies like a top gun
Coding with Scratch is really fun
Unleash the creativity in your mind
Innovation in education is hard to find
So grab a MakeyMakey to make your day
It's only human nature that we like to play
This is just brilliant! Now someone needs to write the music to the words and make a video of a MakeyMakey device playing the song. Challenge, anyone?
Alex Semmens (@AlexSemm) has produced a short video explaining the making of a tiny, 3D printed MakeyMakey drum kit for his Scratch programming class at school. Great to see a project that covers so many tech curriculum areas: the students learn about CAD modeling, 3D printing, programming, and the conductivity of circuits.
"four-year-old daughter has managed to connect the kit" ~BBC
"by far the coolest Kickstarter project" ~Kotaku
"turns the whole world into a keybaord" ~Engadget
"a lot of enthusiasm and love" ~Wired
"crazy, inventive experiments" ~PC World
"We love a good diy project" ~LIfehacker
"So small, so quirky, so simple, so awesome." ~Contiki
"Mind explosion in progress." ~Indie Cookie
"turns your alphabet soup into a keyboard" ~New Scientist
"Edison meets OK Go" ~Cool Material
Order Your Kit Includes MaKey MaKey, Red USB Cable, 7 Alligator Clips, 6 Connector Wires
Who's Behind This?
Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum have both been working with invention kits for the last decade.
They are the people who brought you Drawdio and Singing Fingers, and they have been on the
Scratch programming language team in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT.
The kit is based on research at MIT Media Lab, and the circuit was designed in collaboration with Sparkfun. The original funding was Kickstarted.
Eric Rosenbaum is a doctoral student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group, where he creates new technologies at the intersection of
music, improvisation, play and learning. His projects include software for finger painting with sound, painting with light,
improvising with looping sounds, and creating interactive behaviors in 3D virtual worlds. His recent speaking appearances have
included TEDx Pioneer Valley, Economist Tech Frontiers, and Dust or Magic App Camp. His work has been shown at venues including
San Francisco Exploratorium, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, San Jose Tech Museum, and the OFFFmatica and
Eric holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Technology in Education from Harvard University. He also holds a Master's degree in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab, for which he developed Jots, a system to support reflective learning in the Scratch programming environment.
Jay Silver lives in Florida and is Founder/CEO of JoyLabz/MakeyMakey. Before that, he was a PhD student at MIT Media Lab where he won a Lemelson-MIT Award for Invention and Innovation.
He was Intel's first ever Maker Research Scientist. Time named one of his
inventions "Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses." Jay has given talks at TED, PopTech, VMWorld, etc.
He has exhibited internationally at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, Ars Electronica, etc.
Jay studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech where he was named Engineer of the Year. He was awarded a Gates
Scholarship to earn a master's in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a master's in Media
Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he invented "Camera for the Invisible."