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Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler Blog Image

Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills.… more

Circuit Stickers, Notebook Hacking and Learning as Debugging

Circuit Stickers, Notebook Hacking and Learning as Debugging Blog Image

I’ve been writing for 45 years, and have always owned more physical notebooks than I need at any one time, and I’m an enthusiastic novice at electronics, so several of my antennae tingled vigorously when I first came across the term “circuit stickers” — peel-and-stick circuitry and components that are flat enough to make paper pages blink and boop. We’re used to thinking of words as, well, dead — they signify but (in most cases) don’t perform.… more

Connecting Learners Through Hashtags, Focal Points

Connecting Learners Through Hashtags, Focal Points Blog Image

Like others who have become important co-learners in my personal learning network, I met Dr. Maha Bali, associate professor of practice of the Center for Learning and Teaching at American University in Cairo, through a hashtag. I can’t remember whether it was #ds106 or #etmooc or #clmooc, but it was one of those Twitter conversations that can serve as doorways into new communities of practice.… more