Thursday, June 28, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Day 5 - Employ Design Thinking with 3D Printing While Learning to Code

There is a skills gap where people need work and the industry needs people.
They run toolkit’s through design thinking not through apps etc.
Find problems and then solve them with the design thinking process.
People focused - societal and cultural problems
Give students a scenario and they have to work out the problem themselves.
Virtual crash course
You need a beginners mind in the design thinking process.
1. The interview
2. Dig deeper - what are your questions - practical and social - don’t come with questions with answers already in mind. This questioning part is critical - how can we ask the right questions
3. Capture findings - fast ideas - cover the tables with roll paper / big paper so students can just write and draw on every surface while they are thinking.

Rapid prototyping is a game changer with this process.
It alloCws anyone with access to a printer to become a prototyper.

Cad competency needs building so this process is smooth and there is not a jolt / stop / problem in the middle.
Build cad skills based on something that exists not while having to think about designing as well to start with.
Reverse engineering what you see - really good for skills building
BlocksCAD - coding based design app for 3D printing.

On Tinkercad, click on edit grid and change the workplace size to be the size of the bed in the 3D printer.
scribble tool is freehand.
Just start to build - don’t have to log in
Do a snowman build to get skills.

Tells you what the print is doing step by step.
The slicer gets its time and amount of plastic values from the gcode.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Day 4 - Creating Incredible Lego Stories

Use photographs of LEGO set ups and write story on each slide.
Video with the stills to do voice over to tell the story.
Let them play and work together to make the sets. They will talk and collaborate on the story while they are working as they are talking about what sets they need.
Get in close with the camera to take the pictures.
Stop motion videos - more structured planning needed for storyboard.
Try to set up with no distractions like legs in the background.

ISTE 2018 - Day 4 - STEAM to the Future: 50 Years in 50 Minutes

50 years is a long time in tech development.
The gps satellite system did not exist 50 years ago but people working on similar things could see it coming.
1968 - 32k memory 8 thousand dollars.
The revolutions is more than about stuff - cultural changes
Everybody is able to make stuff due to 3D printers etc.
You can make your own products for re is one on the space station so they can print tools they need.
A connected world means you don’t have to do stuff alone. Things are taken from the net and improved.
The 10 year vision is happening now. The longer vision is the digital revolution.
Neil Gershenfeld - compute to fabricate.
Programmes that rearrange atoms.
You can make mistakes with small parts that fir together as one small part doesn’t matter. If you make big parts, they are critical.
Machines that can make other machines are coming.
Parts that make parts. These fit together to make systems. A lot fewer errors.
Material ecology.
Grow things rather than assemble them.
How does nature organize itself to build something. How can we copy this.
Buildings that are living things that react to the environment.
Synthetic biology.
Can we should we bring extinct animals back to life.
Open insulin project.
Igem- school based content for students x synthetic biology
Science standards need to change to fit the way developments are moving.
The scientific method does not apply to the designing of products. It is a testing process so room needs to be made for the new science.
The end of Moore’s Law
It has held true for 50 years.
The physical limits of transistors has been reached.
Bio is the new digital.
DNA sequencing is doubling just as fast.
AR and VR
It is becoming just another interface and is more and more commonplace.
Tilt brush
Live design
Doing things that are not safe. Will they steal jobs?
Robots are getting much smaller. Power of the swarm like termites.
AI and machine learning
You have to ask what intelligence actually is.
Stephen Hawking says AI can spell the end of the human race.
Silicon will not cut it soon and biological components will be needed.
People can change their minds. AI can’t do this yet.
Ethics is an important factor in this AI argument.
Google AI experiments - video
Scratch 3 has an AI experiment add on.
Internet of things
Exist on the net by themselves - like a car that texts you when it needs things.
Soon the machines will be able to order the stuff they need from the internet when it needs them. Like your printer ordering its own ink when it runs out.
Algorithm bias and ethics
How do the machines make the decisions? They are designed and made by people.
We cant let the machines make the decisions then blame the algorithm when we don’t like it.
How will the person writing the code for a self driving car decide how important things are?
Don’t forget the M
Maths has been frozen in time for a long time.
We focus on calculations, which machines can do, because of the tests that are expected.
Woolfram Alpha
Woolfram Language - video
More natural language is needed for maths in the future.

Faster, better, cheaper, bigger, smaller
Get the middle men out of the way. Let people do it themselves.

ISTE 2018 - Day 4 - Keynotes

Joseph South
Kids are live streaming all the time - socially and gaming.
The internet is their now not the future.

Luis Perez
Turn to the light
Assistive technology
Alex - synthesised voice on the Mac products that helps and does voice overs
Hope overcomes every barrier and this gave him hope when he needed it.
He does photography as a hobby.
He does it to stay visible - immigrant and person of color - it is a political statement.
Makes people reconsider their preconceived ideas about people with disabilities when they see him turn up with camera and white cane.
A smart phone can tell him how many people are in the frame.
Transport apps gives him independence.
Ebooks allow him to read again due to the ability to change settings and have it read to him.
Don’ t do for someone what they can do for themselves. Give the tools to empower people to do it themselves.

Andy Weir
Gillian King-Carlisle - Stem Read

Enjoy the process of learning new things. He tries to be scientifically accurate and does a lot of research.
Curiosity drives him to learn.
He learned problem solving as a software engineer.
Failure based learning. Being a writer involves a lot of failure.
Bungling into success.
A theme through his books is solving problems and working things out.

Katie Martin
What is learners were valued for their diverse talents?
Access new ideas through what they learn and not just for a test.
The difference in interest between things that interest them and make them curious rather than just for compliance.
Assessment is at odds against authentic learning.
As students move through school they have less chance to do things that interest them so they disengage.
Technology can not be added on to an outdated method of teaching.
Standardized linear structure to learning does not give students the ability to branch into what they want to do.
Focus on what’s right with people not on what is wrong.
We cant change what they come with but we can change what happens when we see them.
Spark curiosity
Ignite passions
Unleash genius
People and not programmed make this happen.

Monday, June 25, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Day 3 - Fake News, Media Bias and Misinformation: Fostering Digital Literacy and Media Fluency

When was it written and where does it come from?
Students take things at face value.
Credibility and integrity.
Does it give a reaction is it propaganda?
Compare it to others that have a different perspectives.

Play the game - it has rounds and you get a percentage.

Check the url when reading to make sure you are reading the correct information form the correct site as copy sites use the logo etc, but the url is different.
Reverse image search - right click on image and choose search image.
Or drag and drop into search engine.

Link to presentation for the grea speaker notes from the two presenters.

ISTE 2018 - Day 3 - Robotics Playlab - 5 Top Robots for Computational Thinking

Let’s go code directional cards and programming - learning resources
Cognitive skills - use a lot to do the simple square task.
Person is the robot and walks through on the squares.
The programmer sets out the arrow card and write the programme.
Understanding of one step at a time.

Critical and logical thinking - computational thinking - highest preferred area of problem solving.

Copy of handout for activities
Stem in Action

Sunday, June 24, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Day 2 - Opening Keynotes

Richard Culatta, chief executive officer of ISTE

What is the difference between digital citizenship and online safety.
It is a list of do not don’t
The ability to recognise truth from fiction is vital. As more is online this is becoming harder. Need to develop new skills. Need to be taught in context.
If students are expected to use their devices to produce stuff then they need to be taught the skills needed to do it well.
Use social media wisely.
Digital citizenship in action - book
Needs active teaching. It does not happen otherwise.

ISTE connect
ISTE edtech advisor
ISTE certified educator
New partnership between ISTE and TED

Patricia Brown
How students are using social media to counter the bad feeling in Ferguson 

Jenny Magiera - Edtech Team
Jenny Magiera brought a group of awesome students onstage to talk to everyone about the amazing action projects that they have been involved in.

Students creating community change.
Sister circle
Gather activism

The question at the end of this session brought a thought provoking response from the students.

Need to give students more openness and stop structuring so tightly.
Don’t focus on the negative.
Support thoughts and dreams don’t pull them down

David Eagleman - Neuroscientist

3 pounds of brain 86 billion neurons
Why don’t squirrels invent elevators??
Size of the human brain so don’t have to act so much on reflex. Time to think about it.
Constantly thinking about possibilities.
Human babies are born “half baked”
People take time to work it out. Animals act pretty much straight away.
Who wears a writ here watch? Why don’t students want one? Don’t want single job devices.
This changes how the brain fires and works.
After two years old brain connections are all you will have. Some are then removed as you grow.
Brain changes all the time. These changes can be seen on a scan as you learn a new skill.
Technology affects this neuroplasticity.
No tests done as there is no way to get a control group.
Reading / scamming eye movements has changed to be like how they scan a web page.
Just in time learning - in context. Curious about the answer so it sticks more.
Educators need to meet them half way.
To stop cheating - change the question
Computer games - what can we learn about engagement and learning?
Everyone learns best when it is frustrating but achievable.
Sand boxing with no consequences. No risks with getting a wrong answer.
We can’t teach kids for jobs in their future as we don’t know what they will be.
Usable skills are needed.
Creativity is hampered by the unconscious brain being inefficient.
Train and teach creativity so the brain gets used to it.
Bending, breaking, blending - how the brain processes information given to it and how it does innovative thinking.
It can only
Use what you put into it. If there is limited input it can output much.
Our job is to challenge the brain.
Da Vinci - question everything.
Students can develop their brain by training it.
Idea quotas - come with 7 answers to a problem before it is discussed.
Failures are the portal to creativity.
Try things without worrying about the accuracy of the outcome.
Cultivate fearlessness in the classroom.
Reward risk.
The environment matters.
Build creative spaces.
Use technology to get emotional engagement.
Nothing is meant to be glued down. Keep changing it up.
Access to innovation and seeing creativity around them is the thing that will inspire them to try themselves.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

ISTE 2018 - Day 1 - Hack Education: The Unconference

Today at ISTE 2018 was the Hack Education Unconference, where you could join in conversations from teachers around the world and pick their brains on a wide variety of subjects.

3D Printing
The first session that I sat in on today was about 3D printing and in our group there were a couple of peope with a large amount of experience and it was great to be able to ask questions and get advice on the hows, whys and wheres.


Blocks cad
Painters tape works as good as glue stick to hold the print down.
3D geometric puzzles.

Rocket books - assign different icons to different folders / teachers etc.
Autodesk - free for education

The missing data on downloaded files means people want you to contact them and pay them.

Blocked extruded head - overheat it and extrude it to make it come through.
Autodesk has a poster session on Wednesday 8.00 - 10.00

Different filaments with stuff added into them like copper or wood means you need different print heads / tips / nozzles

Rhino - cad program
Sketch up pro for education is free download.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Student Input into the Wall Display on Literacy

I have been working on the display on my back wall so it supports the students with their literacy.
Blog posts about this here :-

Continuing the Literacy Display in my Classroom
Description Burgers

Today, to finish this off for a while, I got the students to help with the last part.
I picked three words that are used most in the descriptions of products - SHAPE, FORM snd TEXTURE. I put these up on the wall and gave all the Year 11 students small pieces of paper to write words linked what those words mean.

This is that section of wall that we completed today.

Here is what the whole literacy support display is looking like at the moment.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Continuing the Literacy Display in my Classroom

As part of the display on my back wall, which started with the literacy breakdown work I have been doing with the school literacy specialist, Mr Marc Milford, I am adding some things about paragraph focus ideas and SOLO taxonomy.

The first one is this paragraph burger, which is adapted from the Writing Book and part of the SOLO Taxonomy thinking charts that I have been putting together.

Link to document here
I want the students to be able to use the structure we have been working on, which is highly visible on the back wall (a 3ft x 5ft poster!) and look at this poster for ideas on what they could write about.

The other thing that I have been working on for this display is a structure that is based around SOLO Taxonomy too. This one will be shared directly to the students to have in their drive too so they can use it as a template and starting point for their writing.
I have put the structure on the drawing and instructions around the outside so when the students use it and embed it in their work, the instructions and support will not be seen.
The colours on this document relate to the colours used on the SOLO posters that are in all of the classrooms.

Link to document here