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20 Feb 2018

Using Critique for Formative Assessment and Higher Craftsmanship

Leveling Up Project Craftsmanship with Critique “Craftsmanship means dwelling on a task for a long time and going deeply into it, because you want to get it right.” – Matthew B. Crawford. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work   This week MVIFI hosted Collider  – an in house unconference style professional learning day*. I was curious to test and share a hypothesis that I have been pondering: As critique leads to higher craftsmanship, depth and complexity of […]

15 Nov 2016

Back to the Future of Making: Development of MakerED Curriculum Documents

By T.J. Edwards About this time last year Jim Tiffin and I were tasked with developing a scope and sequence for our newly emerging Maker Design Engineering (MDE) program. The truth is that we had been seeding elements of tinkering and fabrication in the school for a few years, but had not yet set a vision for how we might make the spaces – Studio (i) and HIVE – and the learning that is unique to MakerED available to all […]

01 Nov 2016

Provocations: A Constructionism Methodology

By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) A major component of maker-centered education involves letting students learn from the process of creating something that is purposeful, public and shareable. Indeed, some would say that is all maker-centered education is supposed to be. While that alone is more than sufficient, it is actually far richer. What sits at its core is the constructionist theory of learning, a model first developed by Seymour Papert. He defined constructionism as follows: […]

08 Oct 2016

Iterative Instruction

By T.J. Edwards (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Planting T’s) Time flies when you are having fun! I launched the Technology, Engineering, and Design (TED) course 2 years ago. The curriculum, my teaching style, and the space(s) have changed significantly since then – largely in response to my students’ feedback. Because TED is a one semester elective, I have had a chance to test 4 prototypes. I’ve tried engineering themes (GIS, Environmental Engineering, Product design). I’ve tried different projects (architecture & construction, […]

08 Sep 2016

pHail: Learning through Persistence

By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that will not work.” -Thomas Edison. Most educators are familiar with this quote. Most of the time, I suspect it was used to motivate students to “try, try, try again.”  At least, that’s how it was used with me – merely as an encouragement that if I just simply tried more, I’d get it. In reality, it is much more […]

15 Aug 2016

Maverick Maker

3-2-1-Launch. My syllabus for this semester’s edition of my T.E.D – Technology, Engineering, & Design – class is live. This year at Mount Vernon Presbyterian school our Head of School, Brett Jacobsen, provided a bold provocation to the entire faculty: Be a Maverick. In a vague, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous(VUCA) world an innovative mindset is necessary to navigate. One pathway to innovation is by being a maverick. That is, mavericks vary and change their routes. They challenge assumptions. They experiment and […]

10 May 2016

Keeping it Weird

In Ian Leslie’s book Curious, he describes both an old fashioned definition of the word – eccentric, offbeat, weird – along with the more common one – eagerness to learn something. The HIVE, I’m proud to say, has become a weird place – a curious place – and I’m loving every second of it. While a world language class is happening in one area of the HIVE, students are making and breaking things in another. Machines buzz. Gliders fly. Lights […]

07 Apr 2016

HIVE Playbook

I get asked about the various tools in the HIVE quite a bit. Some want to know how it works, others want to know how much it costs, still others want to know if we are actually using it. Let me add, I LOVE these conversations. In a lot of ways these conversations are part of what makes maker communities unique…sharing what you know…good, bad, and ugly. At MVIFI one of ways we believe in leading transformational change is through […]

01 Feb 2016

The Maker Movement has Something for Everyone | Creative Tension

I learned a valuable lesson Thursday during the MVIFI Dine and Design event. I hate to publicly admit it but I was not looking forward to the event. As a participant in maker sessions in the past I just haven’t enjoyed them that much. It’s not that I haven’t tried to get hooked on the movement. Several years ago I read Silvia Martinez and Gary Stager’s book Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom and I attended their session at […]

25 Jan 2016

Designing for a Community of Makers

As the HIVE is coming to completion, the work to (re)define the space begins in earnest. In a previous post, I noted some distinctions between a makerspace and a maker community. You might consider the science lab, art studio, kitchen, or library at your school a makerspace. You might also note that makerspaces vary to a large degree in the tools, spaces, materials, people, and curricular focus. By taking the space totally out of the equation our design challenge became: […]

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