Lets twist it up

As a teacher I think some of these assignments on DS106. I would use Design assignment, Messing with the MacGuffin to create a assignment geard towards 3rd grade class. Where they would take their favorite book. Look through the book and find a picture and find something about the story they would change. Preferably a line that the character says. Have them change that line, I wold let them know that whatever line they changed needed to alter the storyline. This would be a assignment I would use to explain storyline and plot. I would use a fairy tale picture as my example.

Now, this would only be part one of the assignment part 2 would be for them to them re write the story using the twist they added to the story.  Then I would have them record their revised story for everyone else to hear. Here is my story

http://vocaroo.com/i/s0sQdQZM5OO9

This would be a lesson I would use to explain storyline and elements of a story.

This assignment didn’t take too long to create, the picture I used a google image and then I used roflbot to add the text to the picture. Then I found my storybook, Disney’s Storybook Collection and used the Snow White and the seven dwarfs story. When I got to the part of the story with the poison apple I wrote down the ending that i created adding my twist.

Then I recorded myself telling the story using Vocaroo. to record the story then I saved the recording and added the link to my post.

I think the students would love this assignment. It allows them to use their imagination. I think I would alter this assignment maybe allowing them to used it to change history. Allowing them to pick a point in history they could change or alter. I think that would be exciting for them.

This Shirt Needs Some Serious ‘Swag’

Colgate Women’s Games comes around once a year. For us track runners, this is the time of year to meet with nemeses on the track. Faced with the goal of running hard enough to make it to the finals at Madison Square Garden where the price is a killer track suit to show off, prize money to go towards our schooling and OF COURSE the most important, bragging rights.

As the runners prepare for the eventful weeks of warm-up, drills, cramps, sweat and even tears trust that those aren’t the only problems. Each runner is handed a shirt for the games. Unfortunately, it’s just a tee. Not sexy, not flattering for beastly track runners obsessed with their abs. Runners come prepared with scissors and creativity to make their shirt their own. Here’s how you put some swag in your shirt.

Here’s what you will need:

1. Any T-shirt (short or long sleeve)

2. A pair of scissors

3. A marker (optional)

First, lay shirt flat and cut off the sleeves one at a time.

Next grab your maker and draw a line from one side to the next to shorten the length of your shirt and cut it off like this:

After, make eight horizontal cuts to each side of the shirt.

Now cut each strip at the edge in half in order to be able to make the knots later on.

It’s time to tie the knots now. Your shirt should look like the image below after this step.

‘Swagging’ the neck is an optional step.

Pick up your marker. Outline the neck of the shirt and cut it to make it wider neck line.

One last snip on each side right under the armpits, tie your two knots and your shirt is ready to be worn and modeled.

 Swag-a-licious! Now you try it!

Propelling Creativity

I’ve always found interesting the way minds of children work and how they should take advantage of their wide imagination. When children work together and collaborate their ideas, thoughts are brought to action. Especially children should be encouraged by their educators to create stuff with their own hands so they can invent things of their own liking. Making something is a way to express yourself and remain engaged in the act of creating. I believe that making and learning go hand in hand because making things from scratch is crafty and requires critical thinking skills.

My name is Stephanie Azcona and I’m a student at York College majoring in English/Childhood Education. This is why I’m mainly referring to children. I truly enjoy working with children and studying about the many ways to teach them effectively. As a future teacher, I would definitely incorporate the ideals of making into my classroom. This also requires motivation and there are many ways to push students to complete their creation. It is important for the creative mind of children to be explored on their own. Putting your imagination to work and actually bringing your visions to life.

Maker culture can be fused with education because craftsmanship is a method of learning and expressing ones imagination. That is why it is essential for children to be encouraged to be craft savvy, since it’s an awesome skill to acquire and explore. I particularly chose to read this article because I agree with its title, Craftsmanship is Dead. Long Live Maker Culture.

“The movement encourages boys and girls to view themselves as creators of the world around them, in every possible sense. It emphasizes collaboration and shared skills and ideas. It makes it possible to envision designing not just objects but systems.”

 

*Thoughts Come to Life*

Noah and Jacob’s creation

Growing interest in bringing the ideals of maker culture into education would help students grasp better understanding of the concept or lesson that is being taught to them. It would be beneficial for lots of reasons, students can learn on how to put their thoughts together and accomplish exactly what they are thinking of and or about. Creativity plays a major role, as where it gets one to think and use their knowledge and past experiences to develop they something they wish to create.

“Maker culture represents the desire of individuals to return to a lifestyle that includes a person making their own life tools and understanding how the machines that we depend on operate.”

The imagine above shows two brothers- Noah and Jacob playing with their water gun. On the side, we are able to see their cardboard made house. The two boys are very imaginative and are always looking to create something. Tina Budnits, their mother calls this idea – “Tinkering.” When Noah and Jacob work on their creation, they use everything but direction.

My name is Uzma Qasim. I am an undergrad student here at York College- CUNY pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher. I am majoring in Childhood Education w/ Psychology. I’ve wanted to become a teacher my whole life. At the age of five, my interest in teaching began. I always wanted to teach my peers how to draw, read and do math. As i matured, my passion for teaching became a lot stronger. I began working with children of all ages, teaching them how to be able to read and write became appealing to me because children’s are very impressionable, interested in learning and receptive to new concepts. I enjoy tutoring students and helping them build confidence in ability to achieve, both academically and socially.

I can imagine using these ideals in my K12 classroom to get my students excited about learning. Getting their imagination to actually come out to life would not only help them understand but also feel comfortable in having to express themselves.

“Remember everything that’s been created came from someone’s imagination.”