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Finally finished this chandelier made from the rolled up flyers that flooded my mailbox in June before the mayoral primary. #MakerEd #STEAM #ArtEdTech

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Presenting “Experiences As A Maker Educator (Before, During, And After COVID)” at @Make Education Forum, 12pm EDT. I’ll share a variety of projects from @BrearleyNYC. #MakerEd #STEAM

Many thanks to Godwyn Morris (Founder of Dazzling Discoveries and Skill Mill NYC) for spearheading this year’s online version of the fabulous annual Make: Education Forum that had previously occurred the day before Maker Faire New York City. I attended many of the Education Forums over the years, and I was always so impressed by the topics, panelists/speakers, schedule, and level of discourse during the event. This year, Godwyn reached out to Dale Dougherty about organizing an online Make: Education Forum. Godwyn led the initiative, and she kindly invited me to submit a proposal to present and share some of my projects that I launched at The Brearley School during the wackiness of the 2020-2021 school year.

I asked Tracy Rudzitis (@wagongrrl) to join me during my session and share some of the great projects she led with in-person and remote kids at The Marymount of New York. Our slides are embedded below:

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Notes from today’s #TurtleArt workshop led by Artemis Papert and Brian Silverman… #ArtEdTech #MathChat @LogoFoundation

I’ve written before about a previous TurtleArt workshop I experienced, and it was also led by the inimitable Artemis Papert (artist, coder, and daughter of Seymour Papert) and Brian Silverman (co-creator of Scratch and creator of TurtleArt and many other Logo/Java based coding environments) and organized by Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation. Artemis and Brian have been collaborating with programming, art, and life for decades, and it is truly a heady and hilarious experience to learn from them as they pair-code and critique each other’s choices. Brian and Artemis have tons of info and design inspirations for their digital art linked here: https://turtleart.org

Here is an incomplete list of some of the artists who have inspired Artemis and Brian’s explorations over the years: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Bridget Riley, Nathalie Goncharova, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich, Claude Tousignant, Rene Magritte, Ilya Bolotowsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Georges Seurat, Max Bill, and Maya Hayuk, Vincent Van Gogh, Jérôme Jasinski, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush.

You can install TurtleArt on your computer, pay for their beautiful iOS app, or, as we did for this morning’s workshop, use the free web version: https://playfulinvention.com/webturtleart/

Below, you can download my PNG files from the workshop. Open up Web Turtle Art in a new browser window and then drag one of these PNG files into the window. This should allow you to view or edit the code.

Below, you can access my tweets from the workshop:

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Thanks to @jumekubo for inspiring my design for a more universal “pocket document camera” that can be affixed to most any device and mirror your hands, drawings, pen marks… #MakerEd #ArtEdTech

I came across a tweet from John Umekubo where he shared a 3D printed design for a pocket document camera that can be used to help a teacher display or record hand motions, sketches, images, or written actions or explanations without needing a second device, an external document camera, or an elaborate setup to balance a camera above your work space! The pocket document camera acts as a sort of periscope to reflect anything being done on top of his keyboard to anyone in his Google Meet. 

John’s post went a bit viral on social media, and he compiled a comprehensive blog post where he listed a bunch of ideas/prototypes created by himself and other like-minded makers. I used our 3D printers in The CoLaboratory (Room 8L in the 610 building) to make two 3D printouts of these pocket document cameras — one that fit my MacBook Air and one that fit the Class III/IV Chromebook. I reached out to our colleagues in the Lower School who are teaching remote pods and told them about this little helper and shared ideas for how it might be used. Joy Barbosa (Class III) asked for a class set, and I printed 13 of these to be sent home to her students. Luckily, materials were already being gathered to send home to the remote Class III learners, and I was able to include this tool in the boxes.

Ju Yeon Kim (Class K) also liked the idea of having her remote Kindergarten students prop their iPad vertically and project whatever they are drawing or manipulating with their hands. Since I didn’t find any existing models for an iPad, It occurred to me that it would be much more helpful to have a universal device-agnostic mirror holder. I used Tinkercad to modify John’s design and created a model which can lay flat against any laptop or tablet (Macbook, Chromebook, iPad) and requires tape, clothespins, or binder clips to affix to the device!

Here’s a link to my most recent design on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4635969

I ordered a bunch of 2″ square mirrors from Amazon (recommended by John in his blog post) and affixed them to the plastic holder with a hot glue gun. Now to make a few dozen more…

Also, here are some mirrors/holders you can purchase:

  1. MirrorMeThis from BrightFingers
  2. iPEVO Mirror-Cam
  3. Hudoo base for iPad
  4. Clip version of Hudoo base for iPad

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