13/6/2017 0 Comments
This week I have Year 5 and 6's in the Makerspace. I've framed their next 2 sessions around creating a 3 minute 'How to' video. They need to introduce their piece of technology and share the basics of it to get their audience 'up and going'. I expect them to be creative and do more than a 'talking head' video. Considering camera angles, sound, music a mix of video and still images and advanced editing is an expectation. What better way to show your understanding of a concept than to teach it to others?
Students had the choice between 10 pieces of technology and 6 apps (interestingly not a single student in the first 2 classes chose any of the apps, it was all about using hands on equipment).
Meccanoid Robot, Sphero, Lego WeDo kits, Makey Makey, Little Bits, EV3, Jimu Robot, Blue Bot, Parrot Drone and Dash were all on offer, with learners working in pairs and no more than 2 pairs on each piece of equipment. Even though we have class sets of some of the Robots, using the same piece of equipment on mass in a classroom space causes havoc with the Bluetooth connections (I have found that more than 5 and your setting yourself up for failure as learners spend more time trying to sort out connections than code or drive their robot).
I used a book by Paul Hamilton "If I were a Wizard' to introduce coding concepts and related the new thinking to our everyday experiences.
On reflection I feel that with this age level my expectations were too high, they would never complete the task in just 2 blocks, in reality they needed more 'exploration' time with the equipment. After speaking with the team leader we need to consider other options e.g. Perhaps front loading with mini sessions using equipment in class or focusing on the equipment in the Makerspace and creating the video back in class. We are going to revisit after the next 2 classes have been through and then will alter the plan to suit in future......I'm expecting students to have a detailed storyboard with their video planning but the actual movie will be completed back in class. I'd love to see some of these videos put together into a multitouch book and perhaps even entered into the MADE Awards.