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Using Makey Makey to Engage Community & Change Lives

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Listen and learn : Snapshot

Tuesday, June 25, 3:15–4:15 pm
Location: Room 111

Presentation 2 of 2
Other presentations:
Making a Difference With Makerspaces

Tom Heck  
Learn how teachers around the country are using the Makey Makey invention kit to engage students and the entire school community in new and surprising ways. Hear from teachers who've had their students design, build and deliver assistive technology solutions for fellow students.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors: Makey Makey

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The Purpose of this 60 minute workshop is to introduce K12 educators to Invention Literacy through design challenges that benefit real people. Objectives: 1) Explore the value of design challenges that benefit real people. 2) Learn strategies, tactics, and tools that students can use to solve the design challenges. 3) Learn about design challenges that teachers around the US have used with their students. Instructional Strategies: 1) Small group discussion 2) Hands-on design and building of a solution to a real problem 3) Large group discussion and sharing of insights from participants Evidence of Success: A teacher in Philadelphia asked his students to create a way for students in the school to engage with each other in a new way that also built community. Video is here: https://youtu.be/QHWxotaUQsc


This workshop is 30 minutes long and will use the following slide deck:

During the presentation I'll share stories of how educators around the country are using the Makey Makey to positively influence communities and change lives. The stories will have slides (images) and videos associated with them.

The presentation will start with an introduction of the Makey Makey device. This is to help those new to the technology learn what it is and how it works.

The presentation will end with a Q&A session and giving away door prizes (Makey Makey kits).

Supporting research

Jay Silver PhD is the co-inventor of the Makey Makey. Jay's dissertation from his PhD work at MIT is directly relevant to this presentation. "World As Construction Kit" http://web.media.mit.edu/~silver/phdthesis.php Jay's TED talk "Hack a banana, make a keyboard" has been viewed over 1 million times. This talk outlines some of the work we'll be discussing in this workshop. https://www.ted.com/talks/jay_silver_hack_a_banana_make_a_keyboard? language=en Jay has written about "Invention Literacy" which is a topic this workshop will explore. https://medium.com/@wakeupsilver/invention- literacy-5915a411e29d#.zi8b7a3y6

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Tom Heck, Makey Makey

Tom Heck is the VP for Education Initiatives at Makey Makey (www.makeymakey.com). His work takes him all over the US (and sometimes beyond) developing strategic partnerships with organizations that deliver Professional Development to K12 educators. Tom is a former high school teacher, YMCA Senior Director, and Juvenile Corrections Officer. He's an author, inventor, cyclist and banjo player.

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