Chapters 10, 11 & 12 by Angela Marshall
Chapter 10 – STUFF
The quote from Thomas Edison at the beginning of this section is the perfect chapter summary: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
The supplies listed barely scratch the surface of what can be used in a making environment. Electronic parts, computer technology (both hardware and software), craft supplies, building materials and tools as well as pre-assembled kits are discussed. Budgets and donations are also touched upon. The bottom line is the chapter could also be called Hoarding 101.
Chapter 11 – SHAPING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
This chapter discusses conditions that are necessary for a successful “intellectual design space”. Gender, mindset, collaboration as well as physical space are all touched upon. My biggest take away was recommendation against showing examples of completed projects.
(Side comment: As a science teacher, I have to note that my favorite line in this entire chapter is on page 204 which talks about 5th grade student Hugo building a robot car and getting a “yardstick (because Americans are still taking a “wait and see” attitude on the whole metric deal).” )
Chapter 12 – STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Chapter 12 addresses allowing students to take ownership of their learning. If we believe that our role is to empower students to make independent choices, we must relinquish control/management/planning to them.
"If every child were to be given access to a computer, computers would be cheap enough for every child to be given access to a computer."
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