Creating a Design Lab

Learning is about having the opportunity to problem solve and create. By rethinking our computer lab into a place where all learners can design, learn, problem solve, and create individually or collaboratively, I hope to create a learning environment that inspires learners to pursue their passions and interests. Using our 3D printer (grant funded), PC computers, and iPads, I have started a journey to expand on the options that our learners have to create and design.

Our Design Lab is a four part approach. The following are the four parts that are currently planned to be implemented:

1. iDesign – 3D Design and Printing using the following materials: 3D printer, filament, clay, Google Sketch Up, Thingiverse

2. iCreate – Videogaming and Creation using the materials: Tynker, Coding Tutorials, Gamestar Mechanic, Minecraft EDU, Scratch

3. iConnect – Design with Circuitry using the materials: Scratch, Makey Makey, SpinBot, Drawdio, Squishy Circuits

4. iBuild – Design with Recycling using the materials: Makedo kits, cardboard, looms, paper, clay

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So our journey is starting this week with exploring Minecraft EDU. Minecraft is an excellent sandbox creation game that has many different levels. We will be focusing on creation mode and building a community with many different builders.

Students will enter into our server and build with other members of our community. I am by no means an expert but it is time to start learning with my students. I have no idea where this adventure will take us.

A wonderful resource of ideas for using Minecraft in education can be found in these youtube tutorials.