Syllabus

On the week assignments are due, lecture assignments should be submitted by Tuesday night at 11:59pm EST, as we will often work with them in lecture and the teaching team needs time to read them.
Week Lecture Lab
Week 1
Jan 13

Topics

Introduction and overview. Setting our intentions for the class. What is constructionism? (Lecture 1 slides)

Readings Due

Assignments

Out: Your Personal "Gears" Essay

Topics

Introductions, lab journals, Rethinking Repair. (Lab 1 slides)

Assignments

Out: FrankenThing
Week 2
Jan 20

Topics

Constructionism (Slides) Pencilcode

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Tue 1/19: Your Personal "Gears" Essay

Topics

3D CAD, virtual reality. (Lab 2 slides)

Assignments

Due Wed 1/20: FrankenThing Out: (Pseudo) Omni-Animal
Week 3
Jan 27

Topics

Piagetian Constructivism, Vygotskyan Constructivism, Papert's synthesis of Piaget and Vygotsky

Readings Due

Assignments

Out: Praxis reflection

Topics

Animation and interactivity in Processing. (Lab 3 slides)

Assignments

Due Wed 1/27: (Pseudo) Omni-Animal Out: Code Remix
Week 4
Feb 3

Topics

Experience and equilibration. Working with praxis reflections.

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Tue 2/02: Praxis reflection Out: 3C's

Topics

Learning environments in Processing

Assignments

Due Wed 2/03: Code Remix Out:
Week 5
Feb 10

Topics

Critical Pedagogy

Readings Due

Optional

Assignments

Due Tue 2/09: 3C's (Part 1)

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 6
Feb 17

Topics

Critical pedagogy, constructivism, and constructionism

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Tue 2/16: 3C's Out: Tech in the Wild (Related to the problem statement)

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 7
Feb 24

Topics

Overview of Design Methodologies for Learning, Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking

Readings Due

Optional

Assignments

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 8
Mar 10

Topics

Glassboxing and Blackboxing

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Tue 3/09: Tech in the wild Out: Tech critique (related to the problem statement) Out: Final

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 9
Mar 17

Topics

Discuss final project. Cultural forms, Epistemic Forms and Games.

Readings Due

Optional

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 10
Mar 24

Topics

Representation, restructuration, media, literacy.

Readings Due

To use in class

Due Tue 3/23: Tech critique

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 11
Mar 31

Topics

Constructionist design of AI for learning, games for learning

Readings Due

Out: Final (Theory & lit review for paper)

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 12
Apr 7

Topics

Academic argumentation workshop; writing workshop.

Readings Due

Read two of the following papers.

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 13
Apr 14

Topics

Design principles and maxims

Assignments

Due Tue 4/13: Literature review - list of 5 papers

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 14
Apr 21

Topics

The future of maker education

Readings Due

Due Tue 4/20: Literature review

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out:
Week 15
???

Topics

Final presentations

Assignments

Due Wed 5/06: Final Paper

Topics

Assignments

Due: Out: