01 Session Reading Notes

posted Feb 9, 2013, 7:13 AM by John Henry Thompson   [ updated May 4, 2013, 8:45 AM ]
Kindergarten approach...
Imagine, Create, Play, Share, Reflect
--> develop own ideas / get input from others

Kindergarten ideal
Story telling
Building castles
Learning to share

> Appropriate media & technologies - beyond kindergarten

"little c" - personal creativity

materials not over-constrained or over-determine
"many paths, many styles"
eg. Cricket [art + technology] - girl friendly vs. Mindstorm robotic kit
design challenge - easy to learn / open ended.

Friedrich Frobel 1837
Frobel's Gifts
design for designers
Seymour Paperts constructionist approach

Piaget: "Play is the work of children"
experimentation, exploration, testing boundaries
active: play & learn
passive: education, entertainment
Yasmin Kafai "Minds in Play"
Scratch: "tinkerability"

Most difficult
Vygotsky - social nature of learning
Henry Jenking "participatory culture"
Scratch Website - share construction

Reggio Emilia, Italy
engage children in reflecting on the process of design

Start Simple
Work on Thinks that you like
If you have no clue what to do, fiddle around
Don't be afraid to experiment
[] Find a friend to work with, share ideas!
It's ok to copy stuff (to give you an idea)
Keep your ideas in a sketch book
Build, take apart, rebuild
Lots of things can go wrong, stick to it

Iteration heart of creative process
iterate on tools and use of tools
minimum prototype to get feedback

Sharing & Reflecting
spiral, jumping levels
leverage time/effort
every tool creates a box, how to break out of the box,
or how to step to next level

recognize appropriate use of each tool
eg. reading on computer screen vs. print vs ipad

reading vs. taking notes

problem solving vs. exploring

pro/con of each technology

sharing is key to provide motivation to engage in creative cycle - the fuel for the process.

ability to reflect (and focus) is key now with all the dangers of unfocused attention - facebook / tweeter / instant notification / always on technology / instant access to social network

our ability to Share at odds with time to Reflect

My personal work style
- find on desktop
- read on ipad
- notes on paper
- ideas on paper
- write in cafe

My carrot - sharing to empower / feeding the motivated / reaching and helping eager learner / helping: the gift that never diminishes / passing the flame.

Khan Academy vs. Bret Victor "Learnable Programming"
Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle

My sharing: collaboration with Benjamin, Macromedia products, teaching at NYU/ITP

Todays challenge: sharing
made easy with Facebook & Tweeter, but more opportunity for distractions

plan to use github to share my stuff

focus is prerequisite -  meditation as an aide.
should be preferred way to assess students progress - artifacts from their reflection

- where does integrating new knowledge come in?
- must rely on trusted source.