Thrifting and Repurposing with a Makey Makey by Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnston writes about using how to use repurposing to extend the use of teaching resourses. She also includes a lesson plan.

This week in CEP 811, we focused on the importance of repurposing and how creativity is key. In education repurposing is vital because teachers are not always given their ideal set of resources and students all learn in different ways. So to start this week we were asked to go thrifting. So I went into my parent’s basement and found some random objects that are not used anymore. I found some old Hot Wheel Cars, boards games and empty shoeboxes. Using these objects along with my Makers Kit I was given the task of being innovative and making a lesson that I could use in my classroom.


Thrifting, Repurposing & Technology by BlossomTeaches

Mrs. Blossom (@blossomteaches) describes how it's possible to create engaging technology learning experiences on a budget:

Because teachers are apt to feel strained financially due to a lack of budget/stipends and a growing list of needs, thrifting can become an invaluable habit. For this particular exploration in using the Makey Makey in my classroom teaching, I chose to repurpose four glass mason jars. Originally, when headed to the thrift store, I had no good ideas for how I wanted to innovatively use the Makey Makey in my classroom. Seeing many fun, unique items, I settled on four, simple, run-of-the-mill glass jars. Why? As confident as I am that teachers often do not have the funding they need for classroom materials, I am even more confident in teacher’s ability to gather too much stuff. I chose the glass jars for this particular repurposing project knowing that the jars themselves could be continuously repurposed in my classroom even after used with the Makey Makey kit.