This course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to use Maker tools to stimulate design thinking in students and how to develop a design culture in which exploration, questioning, problem solving, and making mistakes are seen as valued aspects of the classroom community. One of the main tools teachers will learn in this workshop is how to think about design as creative learning opportunities for their classroom. To accomplish this, we will first introduce participants to fundamental design concepts, building on ideas of science inquiry, and other previous teaching experiences. We will then introduce a variety of tools teachers can use as objects to set the stage for design. In this way, teachers can decide what tools they enjoy working with and begin the process of thinking about how to incorporate design exploration into classroom activity.
The course will include in-class sessions supplemented by online activities. Online modules will help participants to reflect on learning outcomes and strategies for effectively implementing the technologies in their classrooms. The hands on sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to use Maker technologies. The sessions will be structured so that participants with varying levels of experience with the tools will benefit.
Course Offering: Fall 2018
- October 8 - Learning by Making: Introduction
- October 15 - Using TinkerCAD to Teach Design Thinking
- October 22 - Using TinkerCAD continued
- October 29 - Using littleBits to Teach Design Thinking
- November 5 - Using littleBits continued
- November 12 - Using Lego Robotics to Teach Design Thinking
- November 26 - Using Lego Robotics continued
- December 3 - Integrative Activity
Time: Classes will be held from 5pm-8pm.
Cost: $250, includes all instruction and materials.