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Pics & notes from makerspace and inquiry classes at @Chadwick_Int! #d3CI #STEAM #elemedchat #MakerEd

I had such such a great day observing a couple of classes at Chadwick International School as a prequel to Design Do Discover CI (which begins later this afternoon). @AngiChau and colleagues at The Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA founded Design Do Discover (D3). At some point, the head of Castilleja was chatting with the head of The Marymount School in New York City, so @JaymesDec got involved in planning an NYC edition of D3. D3 evolved into an annual summer event which alternates between the West Coast and the East Coast. Separately, Jaymes met Andrew Carle (@tieandjeans)  and Gary Donahue (@GaryMDonahue), both of Chadwick, over the years at Constructing Modern Knowledge. This fall, Andrew approached Jaymes and Angi about launching a D3 in South Korea. I saw Jaymes tweet about #D3CI and jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this experience. Fortuitously, I planned on being in Asia anyway to visit my besties in Bangkok and help launch edcampBKK (the first edcamp in Thailand!), so it all worked out pretty perfectly. ūüôā

Here are some snapshots from Gary’s class where students collaborated on Grade 4 Garden Design Challenges. I loved that the class teachers are in the classroom learning/facilitating as well:

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Here are scenes from Andrew’s awesome inquiry class exploring yurts as part of a Grade 3 study of Structures:

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And here are some random pics from around Chadwick International School’s campus.The school is massive and modern with lots of bright, airy learning spaces:

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Pics from @BrynMawrSchool’s innovation lab. Thanks for the tour, @KennedyKristen! #edcampIS #MakerEd

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A highlight of today’s @edcampIS at @BrynMawrSchool today was my awesome¬†tour of the Innovation Lab from their Director of Innovation,¬†Kristen Kennedy.¬†Like many maker-educators I meet, Kristen taught herself most of what she knows, and she continues to learn constantly. The¬†Upper School lab spaces were¬†previously occupied by other departments¬†(Art, languages, technology), and were revamped two years ago to be agile, flexible, and collaborative learning spaces for fabricating, making, and tinkering. Architects designed the spaces and Kristen’s colleagues (including Director of Technology, Justin Curtis) made choices for location, mobility, permanence, storage, and use of¬†equipment.

Writeable surfaces abound:

Long flat storage areas and counters for work space (with tools mounted on the walls above) were important features to consider:

There is a HUGE Shopbot (under a fascinating ventilation system) and lots of other fun machines including a vacuum sealer, drill press, lathe, table saw, multiple 3D printers, laser printer, etching machine, and more. Larger items are often on wheels to make them mobile and allow for them to be easily moved out of the way and under counters when not in use:

The space also allows for many areas to showcase past and current projects:

As for classroom learning strategies, I learned a few from Kristen including why there was a container of mini ducks. I sometimes encourage students to “ask three then me” in order to get them to ask each other before continually seeking answers from just me. The duck takes it a step further; rather than ask the teacher or a classmate a question, they are encouraged to “ask the duck” — this made me laugh out loud.

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I also learned that Kristen is a fan of Rocketbook Wave¬†and the Rocketbook app. I’d only ever seen the Kickstarter campaign¬†for the notebook that can¬†be reused by heating it up in a microwave, whereupon the ink disappears and the papers are again¬†free to be written upon. Kristen makes¬†photocopies of Rocketbook¬†pages, hands them out to students to write on, and then uses the free Rocketbook¬†app to snap a pic of each page. Thus, she¬†gathers and organizes PDFs of student notes into their class’s section (using the symbols at the bottom of the page and the QR code). From the Roketbook app’s download page:

The Rocketbook app works in conjunction with the Rocketbook Notebook. Rocketbook allows people to enjoy the pleasure of writing in a traditional paper and pen notebook, while digitizing all notes and sending them to the cloud, using your smartphone.

Kristen told me¬†she’ll be offering a PD workshop for teachers this summer. Stay tuned!

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