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Exhibit Hall Interpretation Volunteer, Museum of Science, Boston

Exhibit Hall Interpretation Volunteer, Museum of Science, Boston

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I've been perfecting an aviation interpretation involving walkalong gliders. Walkalong gliding is a new technique of flying paper airplanes using soaring flight. That way, museum visitors interact with the flight of a plane in much the same way as a pilot controls an aircraft. If anyone would like help with project based learning in aviation, I'd be happy to assist.

I also recommend Slater Harrison's web site sciencetoymaker.org for classroom tested projects, including various walkalong glider designs.

Journalist and PBL advocate

Global Connections

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Hi Adrian,
What a wonderful invitation to connect! Hope you'll keep us posted on what comes of the collaboration between Beijing, China, and Lincoln City, OR.
Meanwhile, you can send direct messages to fellow Edutopia community members by simply clicking on their name (in blue).
Exciting to hear that the Design/Build/Maker movement is taking hold in your part of the world.
Cheers,
Suzie

Journalist and PBL advocate

Engaging the Unengaged

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Hi Bryan,
Thanks for sharing your experience. Sounds like you're making good headway with at least some students in your open-ended, real-world studio. In terms of engaging the unengaged, sometimes it takes time to break down attitudes and habits that are well-entrenched by the time kids hit high school. Some students just don't know how to respond to an open-ended invitation to design their own learning. They may well have strong interests, but they've stopped seeing school as the place to pursue them.
A couple ideas: Seize this terrific opportunity to connect your students with Adrian's class in Beijing. That's bound to add interest. Take a look at Sam Seidel's book, Hip Hop Genius, about a school in St. Paul, MN, that has managed to engage the unengaged big time. (Here's a preview: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/hip-hop-education-interview-sam-seidel-suzi...) Finally, leverage the power of peers. When I was at the Design/Build class in Tucson, it seemed important that students were learning "in the open." One student's enthusiasm to solve a hard problem seemed to quickly spread to others. Maybe try pairing up your less engaged with your more passionate studio students?
Good luck--and let us know how it goes.
(I'm a fellow Oregonian--if I'm near Lincoln City in the coming months, maybe I can drop in for a visit?)

Head of Design Technology at Dulwich College Beijing, China

Hi Bryan, perhaps this may help?

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Hi Bryan,

I'm not sure how to email you directly (if anyone knows ow to, please let me know too - Thanks!)

At the moment, I'm teaching what sounds like is pretty much the same project to year 8 students here in Beijing, China. Would your students like to exchange emails with mine to bounce around ideas / offer suggestions for design improvements or just get a bit more 'connected'? Please email me to chat about this! I'm thinking just attached images or we can experiment with video / voicethreads, etc?

Hopefully this may help to inspire some of them grasp to the coolness out there!

Cheers,

Adrian

adrian.jauk@dulwich-beijing.cn
twitter: @adrianjauk

Head of Design Technology at Dulwich College Beijing, China

This may be fun for your students???

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Hi Bryan,

I'm not sure how to email you directly (if anyone knows ow to, please let me know too - Thanks!)

At the moment, I'm teaching what sounds like is pretty much the same project to year 8 students here in Beijing, China. Would your students like to exchange emails with mine to bounce around ideas / offer suggestions for design improvements or just get a bit more 'connected'? Please email me to chat about this! I'm thinking just attached images or we can experiment with video / voicethreads, etc?

Hopefully this may help to inspire some of them grasp to the coolness out there!

Cheers,

Adrian

adrian.jauk@dulwich-beijing.cn
twitter: @adrianjauk

Head of Design Technology at Dulwich College Beijing, China

Hi Bryan, perhaps this may help?

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Hi Bryan,

I'm not sure how to email you directly (if anyone knows ow to, please let me know too - Thanks!)

At the moment, I'm teaching what sounds like is pretty much the same project to year 8 students here in Beijing, China. Would your students like to exchange emails with mine to bounce around ideas / offer suggestions for design improvements or just get a bit more 'connected'? Please email me to chat about this! I'm thinking just attached images or we can experiment with video / voicethreads, etc?

Hopefully this may help to inspire some of them grasp to the coolness out there!

Cheers,

Adrian

adrian.jauk@dulwich-beijing.cn
twitter: @adrianjauk

7-12 Learning Specialist In Lincoln City, Oregon

My experience with playful learning at the secondary level

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I teach in Lincoln City, Oregon, on the coast. Driving by, you wouldn't be able to tell this, but our school has a very high population of students from families in poverty. The student population is extremely transient and they seemed to have gotten used to the idea that nothing lasts very long, so why try for something better... It is a sad thing to watch. In that school, I teach the students who have an IEP. Despite all of the forces against me, I have managed to build a class that I co-teach with the journalism teacher that we call "Intro to Media". We have a few newer Mac's and a sweet digital SLR camera, plus a vinyl cutter and some random screen printing supplies. Our mission is to make stuff that is in some way useful. Some kids seek personal fulfillment, while others want to make money selling their creations.
We have had about 60 percent success with the class, and of my student with IEP's, we have had about the same rate of success in the class. This tells me that there is a smaller, if not non-existent barrier between the general population and the special ed. population in our class, which is a beautiful thing. We have students who built a green screen for photoshop projects, and another who is making a custom sticker for her friend. We have a few who have screen printed their won shirt designs and then there is even a group who is starting a custom decal business (with a paypal account and everything!) My question, however, is how to grab the other 40 percent. They seem to be very helpless in the self motivation department. Even when we feed them ideas, they do not take the bait. How do the schools you visited deal with the un-motivated students?

Thank you for the great post. I found it very relevant and interesting.

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