Syllabus

On the week assignments are due, lecture assignments should be submitted by Monday night, as we will often work with them in lecture and the teaching team needs time to read them. Lab assignments are due at the start of lab: they should be present and ready to go!
Week Lecture Lab
Week 1
Jan 23

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, lab norms and safety, Laser cutter, 2D Design. (Lab 1 slides)

Assignments

Out: Omni Animal
Week 2
Jan 30

Topics

Constructionism (Excerpts from Gears essays) (Slides)

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Mon 1/28: Your Personal "Gears" Essay

Topics

Our relationship with materials. (Processing slides) Vinyl Cutter Processing.

Assignments

Due Wed 1/30: Omni Animal Out: Upcycling
Week 3
Feb 6

Topics

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

Readings Due

Assignments

Out: Praxis reflection

Topics

Computation and fabrication. GoGo Board, Woodshop,

Assignments

Due Wed 2/6: Upcycling Out: Rube Goldberg
Week 4
Feb 13

Topics

Experience and equilibration. Working with praxis reflections. (Slides)

Readings Due

Assignments

Due Mon 2/11: Praxis reflection Out: 3C's

Topics

Rube Goldberg trial. Digital 3d design, Analog 3d design,

Assignments

Due Wed 2/13: Rube Goldberg Out: Dream Toy (Part 1)
Week 5
Feb 20

Topics

Critical Pedaogogy (Slides)

Readings Due

Optional

Assignments

Due Mon 3/18: 3C's (Part 1)

Topics

Debrief Dream Toy, part 1. User research, prototyping (slides) CNC mill, Silicone casting, Vacuum forming,

Assignments

Due: Dream Toy (Part 1) Out: Dream Toy (Part 2)
Week 6
Feb 27

Topics

Critical pedagogy, constructivism, and constructionism (Slides)

Readings Due

Assignments

Due: 3C's Out: Tech in the Wild

Topics

Interfaces, computation, digital media Interface design case studies

Assignments

Out: Interface design
Week 7
Mar 6

Topics

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

Readings Due

Optional

Assignments

Topics

  • 5:00-5:30 Dream toy debrief. If families arrive, a tour of the lab is available.
  • 5:30-6:30 Present dream toys. Families and children invited! Food will be provided.

Assignments

Due: Dream Toy (Part 2) Out: Final
Week 8
Mar 13

Topics

Glassboxing and Blackboxing (Slides)

Readings Due

Assignments

Due: Tech in the wild Out: Tech critique Out: Final

Topics

Physical computing, final project Arduino, E-Textiles.

Assignments

Due: Interface design
Week 9
Mar 27

Topics

Discuss final project. Cultural forms, Epistemic Forms and Games. Final project brainstorming. (Slides)

Readings Due

Optional

Topics

Learning analytics, developing final project ideas. ( Slides, Discussion slides, Materials )
Week 10
Apr 3

Topics

Representation, restructuration, media, literacy. Academic argumentation workshop; thinking about conferences. (Slides)

Readings Due

To use in class

Due: Tech critique Out: Final (Theory & lit review for paper)

Topics

Workshop presentations for critiques next week.
Week 11
Apr 10

Topics

Games for learning, computational thinking (Slides)

Readings Due

Critiques

Present project prototypes to invited panels of outside experts. (Details). Note: the lab will meet from 5-7pm today. Due: Final (Project prototype)
Week 12
Apr 17

Topics

Educational technology research related to student projects. Writing workshop. (Slides)

Readings Due

Read three of the following papers. (Reading instructructions)

Assignments

Due: Final (Theory & lit review for paper)

Topics

Guest speakers; advanced digital fabrication technologies
Week 13
Apr 24

Topics

Guest speaker Stefania Druga. Writing workshop. (Slides)

Readings Due

Topics

Advanced technologies demo. Individual meetings on technical milestones.

Assignments

Due: Final (Technical milestone)
Week 14
May 1

Topics

Guest speaker: Arnan Sipitakiat. Final project guidelines. Evaluating educational technologies. (slides; activity)

Readings Due

Topics

Guest speakers
Week 15
May 8

Topics

Final presentations

Assignments

Due: Final (Presentation) Due: Final (Paper)
BBA Expo Public showcase of final projects.

Assignments

Due: Final (Project)