Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Everyone is an Inventor with @MakeyMakey

Creating a video game with Bloxels.
       Last week, I had the privilege of working with educators from the Dayton area through Communicate Institute in conjunction with Walsh University.  The class is titled "The Future of Learning and Technology."  The course covers many concepts such as classroom design, technology in the next 50 years and implementing technology within a classroom setting.  The focus of this class is a passion of mine as I see firsthand the difference technology can make in the lives of students.  There are many aspects of this course that spark interest and motivation, but my favorite activity has to be the opportunity to put technology in the hands of educators.  One of the days we focused on coding in the classroom.  Coding has become the most discussed technological advancement as there is great demand for coding in the work force.  Some of the hands-on tools that we used were Sphero, Osmo, Bloxels and Makey Makey.  We also discussed Scratch, Scratch Jr. and   We had a great discussion about coding and how it could be implemented within the classroom, but the true learning and collaboration did not occur until I stepped away as an instructor.   After the discussion, I went to each group of educators and handed them a Makey Makey kit.  Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday items such as bananas into touchpads that can be combined with the internet.  I then stood in front of the educators and said something that we don't say enough as instructors, "You have to figure this one out on your own."  At that point, some of the educators looked at me in disbelief.  The previous day we discussed strategies to figure out new technologies that they were not familiar with, so it was interesting to observe the problem solving techniques implemented. Some of them went straight to the Makey Makey website.  Others chose a different route by going to Twitter, YouTube or just plain Google.  Stepping away from the students can be very difficult at times, but at the same time can be very rewarding.  I have learned from teaching my fourth graders that being "a guide on the side" is very important for learning to occur.  Also "play" is a very important aspect of learning.  As I watched the educators with their Makey Makey sets, learning and collaboration was occurring.  Even the less tech savy educators were becoming the leaders in their group.  They were taking accountability for their learning, and they were enjoying it.  Creativity was flowing through the room!  The educators that did not feel they had anything to contribute were the ones that were stepping up in their group.  Authentic learning was occurring!   By the end of activity, it was very evident that the educators were more confident and willing to take a chance with technology.  They were encouraged to take the driver's seat in regards to their learning which in turn helped to promote problem solving skills. They were also very proud to share their creations and projects.  It definitely was a great week of learning and discovery!
"Mary had a Little Lamb"
Creating and discovering with Makey Makey.

Being Creative with Makey Makey Video


  1. Non-active is not connected with data or internet. There are multiple options to reach the non-active internet users by sending a text message, voice message and by calling directly to their contact number and letting them know about the features and services of the product. data science course syllabus

  2. Really nice and interesting post. I was looking for this kind of information and enjoyed reading this one. Keep posting. Thanks for sharing.
    Artificial Intelligence Course

  3. Another bit of uplifting news. You can radically decrease your video creations costs by understanding that there are various degrees of recordings.VIDEO PRODUKCIJA

  4. There are some fascinating points with time in the following paragraphs but I do not determine if I see these people center to heart. There may be some validity but I’m going to take hold opinion until I take a look at it further. Good article , thanks and we want much more! Put into FeedBurner likewise BUY POUNDS OF WEED ONLINE

  5. hello I was very impressed with the setup you used with this blog. I use blogs my self so congrats. definatly adding to favorites. หวยออนไลน์

  6. We still cannot quite think We can often be those checking important points positioned on your webblog. Our kids and that i are sincerely thankful on your generosity and then for giving me possibility pursue our chosen profession path. Just material Managed to get on the web-site. ceramic roof tiles

  7. i love bloghoping and i really love to comment on your blog. check more info about Singapore coliving

    If you are going for best contents like me, just pay a quick visit this web page everyday since it gives quality contents, thanks

  9. Are you depressed, suffering from cancer, glaucoma,
    headache, insomnia, joint pains, multiple sclerosis, muscle crams, nausea,
    etc and need the best strains of medical marijuana to help ease your pain ?? You have reached the perfect destination with quality herbs that guarantee a good and sweet life.
    Buy weed online, Dispensary weed, Buy marijuana online, Order weed online, weed for sale, when you buy from 420budmall dispensary we do top discrete shipping and delivery to your address. Buy medical Marijuana Online. Buy thc products online, buy carts online. Buy wax shatter edibles, live resin, cbd oil etc

    We have quality buds ........
    * Green Crack
    * Sour Diesel
    * White Window
    * Grand Daddy Purple
    * Afghan Kush
    * Northern Lights
    * Lemon drop
    * Purple Kush
    * OG Kush
    * purple-urkle
    * Blue dream,
    * white widow,
    * blueberry.
    * Agent Orange,
    * AK 47
    * Moon Rocks
    New Strains dropping every week

    We also have quality carts ......

    Moonrock carts
    Cali carts
    Lion breath
    Raw garden
    Brass Knuckles
    Smart carts

    Buy Top Quality .......
    Vape pens
    Live Resin
    THC Lean

    All at very low cost worth just the quality.

    WhatsApp: +14154846193

    Telegram Chanel:


    name;patente di guida


  11. ufabet1688 Thanks for some other informative website. Where else could I get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I’ve a challenge that I am simply now running on, and I have been on the glance out for such information.

  12. Elisha is what's written on his beginning certificate but he never truly liked that title. Taking treatment of animals has been my occupation for some time but I strategy on changing it. Years in the past he moved to Arkansas. My friends say it's not good for me but what I adore doing is to go to karaoke but I don't have the time recently. Check out her website here: 출장안마

  13. Wonderful post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. ยูฟ่า168