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Storefront workshop pushes DIY craft-making for the holidays | 89.3 KPCC
"The brainchild of artists Kyle Hollingsworth and Renee Ridgeley, Hand on 3rd is a workshop and creative space where people could come together and create. The shop offers hands-on training for crafts and arts of all sorts -- from sewing to mosaics -- and a place for like-minded aspiring craftspeople can meet and hash out new projects."

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2010  diy  making  reneeridgeley  kylehollingsworth  workshops  losangeles  sewing  crafts  handson  glvo 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Education Week: The Classroom Is Obsolete: It's Time for Something New
"The following is a fairly universal list of education design principles for tomorrow’s schools, though it would be tailored to the needs of particular communities: (1) personalized; (2) safe & secure; (3) inquiry-based; (4) student-directed; (5) collaborative; (6) interdisciplinary; (7) rigorous & hands-on; (8) embodying a culture of excellence & high expectations; (9) environmentally conscious; (10) offering strong connections to the local community & business; (11) globally networked; & (12) setting the stage for lifelong learning.

In designing a school for tomorrow, such underlying principles should drive the discussion…would allow us to address questions around how students should learn, where they should learn, & w/ whom should they learn. We may discover that we need teachers to work in teams…We may conclude that it makes no sense to break down the school day into fixed “periods,” & that state standards can be better met via interdisciplinary & real-world projects."
schooldesign  lcproject  tcsnmy  unschooling  deschooling  inquiry-basedlearning  studentdirected  personalization  handson  handsonlearning  environment  networkedlearning  community  communities  classrooms  porous  permeability  interdisciplinary  collaboration  collaborative  2011  prakashnair  classroom 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Mission Science Workshop
...seeks to combine traditional activities in experimental science—use of microscopes, balances, thermometers, culturing plants and animals—with building a variety of projects with clay, wood, and plastic, including pendulums, electric and mechanical toys, musical instruments, and apparatuses that enhance our explorations of sound, light, and color.<br />
In all our activities in the workshop the emphasis is upon learning from observation and direct experience with real things rather than simply accepting the truth of transmitted knowledge, whether the source is books or teachers. Our favorite quote is from physicist Richard Feynman: “Science doesn’t teach anything, experience teaches it.”
parenting  homeschool  unschooling  science  sanfrancisco  dansudran  missionscienceworkshop  lcproject  education  learning  handsonlearning  handson  schools  teaching  children  alternative  alternativeeducation  experiential  scientificmethod 
december 2010 by robertogreco
A place to awaken S.F. kids' inner Einsteins
"Those are magic words to Dan Sudran, 64, who conducted the balloon experiment the other day in the Mission Science Workshop he runs in a former high school auto shop on Church Street in San Francisco.

Sudran's do-it-yourself laboratory is to science what a wizard's lair is to sorcery. Complete animal skeletons hang from the ceiling or from perches - a cow found in the Salinas Valley, an ostrich acquired by way of Sudran's butcher, a dolphin donated by a guy in Bolinas.

There's a mummified cat that a janitor found at a middle school, its fangs still agape in terror. A pelican in dramatic rigor mortis is available for inspection. Bones, flippers, femurs, hooves, teeth and beaks are arranged in evolutionary order on a table. Donors include bears, pigs, sea lions, armadillos and humans."
via:caterina  parenting  homeschool  unschooling  science  sanfrancisco  dansudran  missionscienceworkshop  lcproject  education  learning  handsonlearning  handson  schools  teaching  children  alternative  alternativeeducation  experiential  scientificmethod 
december 2010 by robertogreco
metacool: More thoughts on the primacy of doing: Shinya Kimura, Jeep, Corvette, and the cultural zeitgeist of life in 2010
"cultural zeitgeist of life in 2010 America is clearly saying "We need to start thinking with our hands again", & that we need at least to have confidence in our decision making as we seek to create things of intrinsic value…It's not difficult to get to a strong, compelling point of view. That's what design thinking can do for you. But in each of these videos I sense our society expressing a strong yearning for something beyond process, the courage to make decisions and to act. Talking and thinking is easy, shipping is tough…<br />
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Tinkering, hacking, experimenting, they're all ways of experiencing the world which are more apt than not to lead to generative, highly creative outcomes. I firmly believe that kids & young adults who are allowed to hack, break, tear apart, & generally probe the world around them develop an innate sense of courage when it comes time to make a decision to actually do something. I see this all the time at Stanford…"
diegorodriguez  make  making  handson  hands  manufacturing  machines  tinkering  shinyakimura  detroit  gm  jeep  bigthree  spacerace  rockets  nostalgia  thinking  learning  experimenting  experience  facebook  google  apple  hacking  creativity  innovation  2010  jacobbronowski  design  engineering  machining  action  tcsnmy  glvo  lcproject  doing  motivation  do  corvette 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Living | Foxfire Education -- An Unorthodox, Self-Directed Method Of Learning Has Been Motivating Students For 25 Years | Seattle Times Newspaper
"By the time they reach ninth grade, they're bored to death and most stay in school only because their parents make them, or because they've been convinced that this bitter pill must be swallowed if they want to get a decent job. . . . It's just dues you pay to avoid a blue-collar future." - Eliot Wigginton in "Foxfire: 25 Years"

"You guys are basically going to teach yourselves. I'm only going to be here to advise you," is about what the teacher said.

"Coe was espousing pure "Foxfire" - an unorthodox, self-directed, hands-on way of learning. A traditional teacher for 22 years, she adopted the Foxfire Approach last year after taking a summer course taught by its founder, Eliot Wigginton."
eliotwigginton  foxfire  education  self-directedlearning  teaching  learning  unschooling  deschooling  constructivism  tcsnmy  lcproject  handson  handsonlearning 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Seven Reasons Not to Send Your Kids to College [and five alternatives] - DailyFinance
"Imagine a retirement where you could have an extra $1million to $3 million in the bank with basically no effort. Now imagine telling your kids that you aren't going to send them to college. And, you go on, you want them to immediately start a business or get to work as soon as they finish high school.

These are difficult things to imagine because we've been so scammed by the "career industry" that tells us we need college degrees in order to succeed in life, regardless of how much money we spend for those degrees or what we actually do with our lives during the four to eight years it takes us to get those degrees.

But in my view, the entire college degree industry is a scam, a self-perpetuating Ponzi scheme that needs to stop right now."
colleges  universities  highereducation  highered  cost  debt  alternative  jamesaltucher  ponzischemes  bubbles  higheredbubble  unschooling  deschooling  glvo  education  learning  entrepreneurship  income  travel  handson  apprenticeships  internships 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Redesigning Education: Designing Schools in a Spiky World | Co.
"We need to build new environments that support experiential, creative & individualized learning. School of One...exemplifies this personalized approach to learning. Via tech-based platforms, students are given personalized lists of learning objectives, which allows all learners to achieve their daily learning objectives at their own pace. Better yet, the school supports students’ multiple intelligences thanks to a diversity of teaching strategies, which include virtual tutoring & video game-based learning."

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trungle  education  schooldesign  tcsnmy  learning  children  teaching  schools  lcproject  schoolofone  tinkering  tinkeringschool  gevertulley  exploration  handson  experientiallearning  thirdteacher  reggioemilia 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Eide Neurolearning Blog: The Different Ways We Think: Conceptual Thinking and the Brain
"The reason we found this interesting, is because not uncommonly we see very different conceptual thinking and memory styles among the students. A common pattern among our gifted dyslexic students who are strong spatial thinkers (high spatial reasoning, love to build, hands-on learners) is their preference for autobiographical / personal memory. They have vivid memories for personal experiences, but may need many repetitions for dry information that is master by rote repetition...

Perhaps other group (the not-strong spatial thinkers, for want of a better term) are more likely to use the more conventional left prefrontal pathway - when they recall information or make predictions, it is less rooted in personal or autobiographical memory, but more abstracted like algorithms or rules. It's this pathway that may be more optimized for quick processing and retrieval, whereas the former, could be best for decision-making under uncertainty and be richer by its wider associations."
dyslexia  memory  thinking  experience  undertsanding  projectbasedlearning  conceptualthinking  handson  spatial  education  tcsnmy  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  experientiallearning  retrieval  decisionmaking  uncertainty  problemsolving  criticalthinking  understanding  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
High School Homebuilders Get More Than An Education : NPR
"The sports teams at Forest Grove High School are called the Vikings. And every year, some students build what they call a "Viking house" in the surrounding neighborhood. It's a real house that the school sells to raise money...
handson  projectbasedlearning  homes  housing  construction  tcsnmy  classideas  via:lukeneff  forestgrove  oregon  practicalknowledge  senseofacheivement  actualtangibleresults  make  making  do  doing  fundraising  homebuilding  shop  carpentry  pbl 
july 2010 by robertogreco
SpeEdChange: A Half-Dozen Things Your Middle School Should be "Teaching"
"My experience in school from the age of, say 11 or 12, to 14 often leads me to the conclusion that the best "middle school" would be almost no school at all. Kids have so much to learn during this period of their lives, but almost none of "that" is academic. They need to learn how to function as independent "adults." They need to learn their bodies. They need to discover the world. They need to pursue passions of all kinds. They need to learn how to hurt and how to recover. And they need to begin to imagine their future.
irasocol  middleschool  education  adolescence  tcsnmy  whatmatters  teaching  learning  unschooling  deschooling  classideas  change  curriculum  self  cv  choice  handson  projectbasedlearning  control  communication  topost  toshare  pbl 
june 2010 by robertogreco
In Defense of Childhood
"Our purpose is to broaden and refocus public conversation about early childhood and its long-term implications for a child’s life and for society; to restore imaginative play and hands-on, experiential learning as central activities in kindergartens and preschools; and to support stable, loving relationships with all adults in children’s lives."
education  play  earlychildhood  children  learning  childhood  freedom  unschooling  deschooling  handson 
february 2010 by robertogreco
parade of kites . catherine herdlick .
"My name is Catherine Herdlick. I make cross-media games and game-like things to entertain and delight. I have designed games that last 20 minutes and games that last 2 months about things like bicycles, perfume, and ghosts. You can find out more about all of my projects right here on this website! [...] After Wesleyan, I worked at the Boston Children's Museum where I caught the learning-while-doing bug while creating hands-on activities and programs for the museum's community outreach initiatives."
play  games  gamedesign  catherineherdlick  design  gaming  learningbydoing  handson 
february 2010 by robertogreco
The Importance of Right-brain Thinking in Education - GOOD Blog - GOOD
"kids were great...earnest & say they captured my heart would be an understatement. However, teaching them revealed a stark illustration of situation we’re facing in education, at least from my point of view as a designer. The skills or intuition I assumed they had for drawing, observation & building were alarmingly underdeveloped. In short, any in-born human willingness to experiment, cut, glue, break, build or paint, had atrophied. I had set out to teach design as a problem solving process (which it is!) but along the way I had forgotten that it is also a frame of mind— almost literally. In design, thinking “differently” is paramount. Often, that is achieved through expressions like building, drawing, tinkering. Using your hands to build, draw, & tinker takes the problem out of your head, or as some science might indicate, from 1 side of your head to the other. The education system, for myriad reasons valid & otherwise, has abandoned “right-brained” skills."
education  teaching  design  tcsnmy  learning  designthinking  rightbrain  problemsolving  tinkering  iteration  art  drawing  building  handson 
february 2010 by robertogreco
National Lab Day
"Students love to explore. They ask questions, they are curious.
They are natural scientists.
They poke and prod and test.
They gain feedback and try new strategies.
We now have an opportunity to bring hands-on, tinkering-based learning to a new level in the United States. The growing body of work supported by foundations coupled with an Administration that is highly supportive of innovation in learning makes for a powerful force."
learning  science  education  tinkering  handson  projectbasedlearning  us  teaching  reference  sharingtechnology  engineering  making  doing  iteration  experimentation  exploration  inquiry  math  nationalabday  labs  pbl 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Working Together to Create a National Learning Community - O'Reilly Radar
"Research shows that hands-on learning is powerful and effective. In the well-meaning efforts to create standards in education, context, creativity, and our natural inclinations to explore and play, have been replaced with mountains of homework and a curriculum that is unlikely to effectively prepare youth for the 21st century. In schools, failure is stigmatized, emotionally disabling, and has become a label and a measure rather than part of a feedback system supporting iteration and exploration. The most productive scientists and inventors will tell you that they fail constantly, all day long. ... With hands-on learning, failure is iteration, in the spirit of how the most accomplished scientists and inventors work. In the somewhat misguided efforts to “teacher proof” the educational system, we have lost what good teachers bring to the system: passion, curiosity, love of learning, and an ability to create a learning ecosystem in a classroom, a school and a community."
tcsnmy  education  unschooling  deschooling  handson  learning  iteration  lcproject  gamechanging  lindastone  nationallabday  science  passion  curiosity  creativity  invention  teaching  play  failure  edtech  loveoflearning  context  via:preoccupations  tinkering  projectbasedlearning  labs  pbl 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Futurelab - VISION magazine - 'Hands-on' learning
"In today’s shifting education climate, few people would assert that a teacher standing in front of a class is the only, or even the most, effective way of helping children to learn. Encouraged by the government to pursue a more “creative” curriculum, in both primary and secondary schools, teachers are exploring different ways of developing independent learners, creative thinkers and able team-workers. A participatory approach to learning is increasingly coming to the fore, where the whole class works as a team and the teacher learns alongside the pupils, taking the role of a guide or facilitator, while pupils take responsibility for important aspects of decision making."
creativity  teaching  schools  handson  projectbasedlearning  drama  participatory  studentdirected  student-led  collaboration  tcsnmy  lcproject  pbl 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis -
"American tradition of making comeback, boosted by renewed interest in hands-on work amid economic crisis & falling prices of high-tech tools & materials...Engineering schools across country report students are showing an enthusiasm for hands-on work that hasn't been seen in years. Workshops for people to share tools & ideas -"hackerspaces"- are popping up all over country...124 in US...up from a handful at the start of last year. SparkFun...expects sales of about $10 million this year, up from $6 million in 2008. "Make" mag...has grown from 22,000 subscribers in 2005 to > 100,000 now...annual "Maker Faire"...attracted 75,000 people this year. "We've had this merging of DIY with technology," says Bre Pettis..."I'm calling it Industrial Revolution 2."...Hands-on is catching on at other schools...27% more undergrads earned mechanical-engineering degrees in 2008 than 2003...[while] # of computer-engineering graduates slipped by 31%."
hacking  tinkering  diy  make  making  doing  tcsnmy  lcproject  hackerspaces  trends  handson  2009  engineering  arduino  makemagazine  sparkfun  education  universities  colleges  learning  manufacturing  fabbing  electronics 
november 2009 by robertogreco
The design genius of Charles + Ray Eames | Video on - “Beyond the age of information is the age of choices.” - Chales Eames
"The legendary design team Charles and Ray Eames made films, houses and classic midcentury modern furniture. Eames Demetrios, their grandson, shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to their creative process."
eames  design  children  creativity  innovation  choice  furniture  film  video  vision  ted  eamesdemetrios  process  glvo  iterative  tcsnmy  learning  learningbydoing  organic  handson 
july 2009 by robertogreco
TED Blog: TED's Facebook fans asked Gever Tulley absolutely anything -- and he answered
Just a few clips: "In support of both of those ideas, we are working with a homeschooling (both unschooling, and curriculum-based) group in Santa Rosa, California who are allowing us to experiment with their children (cue cartoon-ominous laugh). ... If we are to change public policy around testing, we will have to show that not-testing works better. Tinkering School is an experiment in one aspect of that, but their are some courageous efforts out there like the Sudbury Valley schools that have been creating an unschooling-like experience in a school-like facility for more than 30 years -- and showing that it works. Almost 90 percent of kids from those schools go on to higher education after graduating -- and that's after never haven taken a test in their lives."
gevertulley  tinkering  homeschool  unschooling  make  making  learning  exploration  safety  fear  interviews  children  trust  risk  tools  camps  time  education  deschooling  diy  tcsnmy  handson  projectbasedlearning  criticalthinking  failure  lcproject  sudburyschools  tinkeringschool  pbl 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Gever Tulley teaches life lessons through tinkering | Video on
"Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoaster!"
gevertulley  tinkering  homeschool  unschooling  make  making  learning  exploration  safety  fear  interviews  children  trust  risk  tools  camps  time  education  deschooling  diy  tcsnmy  handson  projectbasedlearning  criticalthinking  failure  lcproject  sudburyschools  tinkeringschool  pbl 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Matt McAlister » Breaking through the attention barrier
"Like everyone, I hit my attention limit nearly every day. Seth is right when he says “You can’t read every important blog… you can’t even read all the blogs that tell you what the important blogs are saying.” That’s a reason to explore some more, not to give up. We shouldn’t become fatalistic about the future of information or look down our noses at all that messy stuff strewn about the Internet. I never want the flow of information to slow down or, worse, retract, no matter how much mess gets in the way of finding the stuff that matters to me. What we may need are more dramatic changes in our language, more effective information discovery services, more experience-based education programs both for kids and adults, and, perhaps even more important than all that, an altered world view that can accommodate and make the most of the vast resources that are now part of our culture forever."
via:preoccupations  education  future  information  infooverload  attention  language  search  messiness  culture  learning  unschooling  handson  experience  projectbasedlearning  tcsnmy  sethgodin  pbl 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Bridging Differences: A Disrespect for Knowledge
"They represent a mindset that has been a disaster for American economic prosperity, for the auto industry, the banking business, the publishing industry, not just schooling. The days when these fields were led by people who knew autos, banks, and books is long gone. (Silicon Valley still rests on the tinkerer craftsmen, perhaps)...The American genius lay precisely, I still think, in this “hands-and-minds-on” approach. It’s what people educated in schools and workshops shared—a merging of “street” smarts and “book” smarts. The schools we deserve need to build on that genius. At best they are a genuine place of work—a laboratory, library, artist’s studio, and marketplace of ideas for teachers, kids, and their fellow citizens."
tcsnmy  lcproject  cv  crisis  greed  schools  education  productivity  creativity  handson  teaching  gamechanging  finance  value  valueadded  corruption  us  2008  economics  prosperity  business  deschooling  unschooling  schooling  slow  knowledge  reform 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Cool Tool: Best home chemistry lab book
"Other than Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, there are simply no other decent books for beginner chemical experimenter...Follow the instructions in Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments & you'll be on your way to chemical literacy."
chemistry  kids  books  learning  glvo  homeschool  howto  handson  lab 
july 2008 by robertogreco

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