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Poetry Hacking With Makey Makey

Location: W190b

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 26, 4:45–5:45 pm
Location: W190b

Colleen Graves   Tom Heck  
Get a brief intro to programming interactive poetry with Scratch and Makey Makey. Build a scientific mindset in your students by teaching some simple computer science concepts and hacking poetry with Makey Makey! Warning: This workshop will lead to creative confidence!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees must bring a laptop with a USB port.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital age learning.
  • Provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn conditional programming tips in Scratch.
Participants will learn how to effectively tinker with circuits and Makey Makey.


Participants will manipulate hand held Scratch blocks, write poetry, create simple graphite drawings, and then program their poetry in Scratch. Participants will then create working circuits that will make their poetry come to life!

Supporting research

Invent to Learn
Lifelong Kindergarten Group

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Colleen Graves, JoyLabz

Colleen Graves is a teacher librarian and education consultant obsessed with making stuff. She writes about what goes on in her library makerspace on her blog at and is also co-author of The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, Challenge Based Learning in the Library Makerspace, and 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius. She can be found on Twitter @gravescolleen and Instagram @makerteacherlibrarian.

Tom Heck, Makey Makey

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