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Photos from @sarahrothberg’s interactive presentation at the 5th Avenue Apple store last night… #ArtEdTech #MakerEd #STEAM

Ian Klapper (@ian32one) invited me to join him for an evening at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue to hear from artist Sarah Rothberg (@sarahrothberg on Twitter and @rothbergrothberg on Instagram). Explore some of Sarah’s work on her website: https://sarahrothberg.com/

Ian has explored AR (augmented reality) on his own and with students. While I embraced Aurasma years ago, Google Cardboard left me underwhelmed. Why hold an irradiated device in a cardboard box up to your eyeballs when you can more safely hold an iPad at arm’s length? I tried to appreciate CoSpaces, and maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance. I’ve heard awesome things about Unity, and I’ve seen really lovely and impressive student projects — I just imagine it would require a time commitment for the learning curve and a set of really good goggles (Oculus) and haptic gloves. I believe AR and VR (virtual reality) can increase empathy or change perceptions by offering the user an enhanced or immersive experience. I just worry a lot of classroom AR/VR use is gimmicky. Ian’s words and Sarah’s presentation reminded me AR can also simply be fun and that there is value to bringing surprise, joy, and beauty with a user.

More info about the event, [AR]T Lab: AR Experiences Co-created with Sarah Rothberg here:

What happens when a lemon and a traffic cone collide? Using artist Sarah Rothberg’s creative approach and art, you’ll learn to code an augmented reality experience. Whether it’s happy, wacky, or weird, you’ll combine AR elements in Swift Playgrounds on iPad. Our Apple Creatives will take you through creative and coding exercises. Recommended for beginners ages 12 and up. Devices will be provided.

More info about other AR integrative art via collaborations with other artists and Apple: https://www.apple.com/today/collection/ar-experiences

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Pics/video from Class 2 Cardboard #FunkeyFunkey @Scratch Jazz unit. @BrearleyNYC. #musedchat #elemaker


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“Cardboard @MakeyMakey @Scratch Instruments” shared notes at @Teach21c. #MakerEd

I’m leading a Teach21 professional development workshop this afternoon, Cardboard, MakeyMakey, and Scratch Instruments. Here’s the description:
By adding the Arts to traditional STEM goals, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), we can embrace design, creativity, and integration and discuss interdisciplinary possibilities. Let us embrace STEAM by crafting cardboard instruments with conductive elements, programming notes and sounds in Scratch, and using the MakeyMakey to provide interactivity while discussing other project ideas and opportunities.

Click here to go directly to the webpage of shared notes or see the embedded document below:

 

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Photos and video from our @Scratch, #MakeyMakey, and cardboard session at @TheTownSchool’s #ScratchDay! 

Today was another Scratch Day organized by Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation. This sold out edition was hosted by The Town School, and there were so many student and adult volunteers to register, direct, guide, and assist participants and session leaders. After two short and informative addresses by Town’s Head of School, Tony Featherston, and Michael Tempel, children and grown-ups moved to classrooms for their chosen workshops.

My session’s description from the program is pasted below:

Cardboard Jam Band with MakeyMakey and Scratch
led by 
Karen Blumberg, The School at Columbia 
Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows you to use every-day objects and materials, such as aluminum foil, play dough and bananas, to interact with your Scratch projects. Let’s construct cardboard shapes, add conductive elements, connect them to MakeyMakey, and program different instruments, sounds, and notes using Scratch to play music and form a band! Suitable for people of all ages; no prior Scratch experience is needed.

Today’s two-hour workshop was similar to one I led last moth at Ramaz and entailed:

1. Learning how to use the MakeyMakey as a controller that can be attached to any conductive input. (The story of how Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver co-invented the MakeyMakey is pretty interesting too…)

2. Using a MakeyMakey to play the virtual piano on Eric and Jay’s website: http://makeymakey.com/piano

3. Designing a cardboard shape with aluminum foil bits to act as conductive elements that were then wired to the MakeyMakey.

4. Creating a new blank Scratch project with up to 6 events – each event corresponded to a different key/instrument/note/duration which in turn corresponded to conductive inputs attached to the MakeyMakey.

Here are photos from the day!

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