An exploration into the possibilities for individual construction and customization of the most ubiquitous of electronic devices, the cellphone. I investigate the implications of digital fabrication and open-source hardware for DIY practice. Research questions include:
Publication Autobiographical Exploration
The DIY cellphone has been my primary mobile device for over two years. In the process, I've gone through a number of iterations, refining the design based on my personal experience and requirements.Workshops
I've taught multiple workshops in which participants have made their own versions of the DIY cellphone. They are described in more detail in the DIY cellphone paper.Online Dissemination
The DIY cellphone is open-source (software. hardware ) and plans for making it are available online. It has been made and modified by people around the world, including America, Germany, and Shenzhen (China). I've created an online forum for those building the phone, which has attracted a small international community.Press
Make Magazine: "Open-Source Cellphone" (Vol. 38, March 2014)
BBC Outriders Podcast: (Dec. 10, 2013). [mp3 ]
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Are you interested in using Project Based Learning to revamp your lessons, but aren’t sure how to get started? In DIY Project Based Learning in ELA and History. award-winning teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron makes it fun and easy! Project Based Learning encourages students and teachers alike to abandon their dusty textbooks, and instead embrace a form of curriculum design focused on student engagement, innovation, and creative problem-solving. A leading name in this field, Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares some of her most popular units for ELA and Social Studies in this exciting new collection. This book is an essential resource for teachers looking to:
Part I of the book features six full units, complete with student samples, targeted rubrics, a checklist to keep students on track, and even "Homework Hints." Part II is a mix-and-match section of tools you can use to create your own PBL-aligned lessons. The tools are available as eResources on our website, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138891623, so you can print and use them in your classroom immediately.
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Are you interested in using Project Based Learning to revamp your lessons, but aren't sure how to get started? In DIY Project Based Learning in ELA and History, award-winning teacher and Edutopia blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron makes it fun and easy! Project Based Learning encourages students and teachers alike to abandon their dusty textbooks, and instead embrace a form of curriculum design focused on student engagement, innovation, and creative problem-solving. A leading name in this field, Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares some of her most popular units for ELA and Social Studies in this exciting new collection. This book is an essential resource for teachers looking to: * Create their own Project Based Learning units. * Engage student in their education by grounding lessons in real-world problems and encouraging them to develop creative solutions. * Incorporate role-playing into everyday learning. * Develop real-world lessons to get students to understand the life-long relevance of what they are learning. * Assess multiple skills and subject areas in an integrated way. * Collaborate with teachers across subject areas. * Test authentic skills and set authentic goals for their students to grow as individuals. Part I of the book features six full units, complete with student samples, targeted rubrics, a checklist to keep students on track, and even "Homework Hints." Part II is a mix-and-match section of tools you can use to create your own PBL-aligned lessons. The tools are available as eResources on our website, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138891623, so you can print and use them in your classroom immediately.Table of Contents
Contents Foreword by Suzie Boss INTRODUCTION Project Based Learning, the Common Core, and the 4Cs Experts weigh in The Relationship Between PBL and Teaching Writing How to Create Your Own PBL Unit Focusing on ELA and/or History How This Book Is Different From Other PBL Books PART I: PBL UNITS CHAPTER 1: THE SUPERHERO UNIT: A unit based on superhero science, science-fiction narratives, and advocacy writing, culminating in an issues-based presentation to the "United Nations" Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons ELA 1st Quarter Checklist -- Narrative ELA 2nd Quarter Checklist -- Advocacy Student Exemplars CHAPTER 2: THE LIVING MUSEUM UNIT: A unit based on role-play, historical perspectives, and informational writing culminating in a student-created living museum Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons Student Exemplars CHAPTER 3: THE MOVIE CRITIC UNIT: A unit based on literary analysis, biography, and film appreciation culminating in a persuasive argument and student-taught lesson Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons Student Exemplars CHAPTER 4: THE CAREER QUEST UNIT: A unit based on persuasive cover letters, developing resumes, interview skills, culminating in a school-wide Career Day event Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons Student Exemplars CHAPTER 5: THE GRIT AND MOTIVATION UNIT: A unit based on vital academic life skills and persuasive letter writing Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons Student Exemplars CHAPTER 6: THE TEACH THEM TO BE TEACHERS UNIT: A unit based on the highest level of communication of all. the ability to teach Facts Overview Step-by-Step Lessons Student Exemplars PART II: MIX AND MATCH LESSONS Bulwur-Lytton Contest Assignment Hooks for Essays or How to Get a Reader's Attention Narrative Outline Character Traits Chart Google Advanced Search 6 Steps of Being an Internet Detective How to Write a Newspaper Article The Problem Statement Writing with Numeracy Lesson Collaboration Constitution Assignment Online Ethics and Copyright Activity Understanding Infographics Lesson Executive Summary Outline Norms for Backchanneling and using Twitter Internet Literacy: Verifying the Evidence Lesson Cornell Notes Literary Analysis Outline Oral Presentation Rubric Cover Letter Outline How to Conduct an Interview QRF format Oral Conference Feedback Sheet Norms for Video Conferencing Developing a Student-Created Assessment How to Annotate Text Visual Presentation (PowerPoint) Guidelines Advocacy/Argument Outline REFERENCESAbout the Author
Heather Wolpert-Gawron is an award-winning middle school teacher and a popular blogger through Tweenteacher.com and Edutopia.org. She has authored two other books with Routledge Eye On Education.Reviews
"With her DIY Project Based Learning books, Heather opens up her extensive toolkit and invites fellow teachers to take a look-and borrow liberally. It's a generous move by a teacher who has worked hard to develop her own, deep understanding of PBL and to design projects that resonate with students." --From the Foreword by Suzie Boss, Education Consultant and National Faculty Member for the Buck Institute for Education, Portland, Oregon "When I think of exemplary student-centered teaching, Heather Wolpert-Gawron stands out as a master teacher. In this book, she uniquely and powerfully shares insightful examples and sample units to help others move from inspiration to application. Highly recommended!" --Cindy Johanson, Executive Director of Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation "This book is worth your time. Heather Wolpert-Gawron's conversational writing style and step-by-step guidance take you on a magical journey, energize you, and fill your head with new possibilities. These innovative teaching units, mix-and-match lessons, and ready-to-use tools provide a rich array of material to bring your classroom to life. Heather is a truly talented curriculum designer with a gift for inspiring and connecting with her readers." --Anne Jolly, PLC Consultant with Learning Forward and author of STEM by Design (Routledge, 2016)
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By heather on August 16, 2015
I ’m excited to announce that my new book, DIY Project Based Learning for ELA and History has arrived and is now available for purchase. The point of the book was to break down the process of PBL into day-by-day chunks to give more educators access to a sometimes complicated, but rich and engaging, teaching strategy. It includes a wonderful foreword by the inspiring Suzie Boss. a series of complete units, including homework hints, rubrics, and student exemplars, as well as downloadable handouts and scaffolds that a teacher can mix-and-match to create a unique unit all their own.
AN EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION
W hen you first get into the swing of teaching, I mean, when you first really start feeling like you know what you’re doing, your next step is to figure out what you really love about teaching. I’m not talking about why you do it. We all teach for many reasons: we love the students, we want to give back, we want to pass on a passion for a subject that we love, we want a reliable paycheck. All are great reasons to love teaching.
But it takes awhile to get good enough at the science of teaching to then decide what you really love about it. For me, it’s curriculum design. I love telling a story through the lessons I design. I love developing units that really connect with kids, that really help them learn to communicate, and that really leverage the love of learning in order to achieve. Many Saturdays, one can find me at The Chado Tearoom in Pasadena, CA, laptop opened, clicking away, for hours at a time, devising some new unit of study for my students. The waitresses who know me are kind enough to seat me away from the main restaurant area and keep the tea and finger sandwiches coming until I rise from my dreamlike state of curriculum design. For me, imagining curriculum is like writing a tale of learning, and I can get lost in it.
For me, it’s curriculum design. I love telling a story through the lessons I design.For me, imagining curriculum is like writing a tale of learning, and I can get lost in it.
I’m like a student myself. Sometimes I write something that makes we laugh out loud, or sometimes I come a across a resource that makes me cry, one that I can see in the hands of my middle schoolers, causing them to feel something, sensing in themselves their own growth, and hopefully instilling in them a desire to share and communicate that resource with others much like I want to share it with them.
When I was a new teacher, I found that many resources that were adopted in the classroom bored me to a different set of tears. I grew frustrated. I’d think: how can I transfer a love of learning of what I’m teaching if I don’t emotionally connect with the material?
I didn’t understand why so many history textbooks were 3rd person, dry retellings of what could be amazing tales of true-life heroism and progress. I didn’t understand why, as much as I liked literature, Language Arts wasn’t more about the Art of Using Language.
Why couldn’t we learn to communicate multiple content areas of our choice? Why did we always have to analyze books of our school’s choosing or short stories from some pacing guide if those narratives didn’t resonate with students or with me, the teacher?
And as a teacher, it slowly made me mad.
Life is storytelling, and I always wondered why our lessons and units couldn’t tell stories as well. Why couldn’t a unit be a vehicle for lessons that have a sense of purpose? Why couldn’t an assessment be more about the journey of learning than the snapshot-one-day-test to see what was learned? After all, much like becoming physically healthy, learning should be a slower process if it’s going to be long lasting. A quick series of lessons followed by a test is, as is going on a crash diet and then quickly defaulting back to weight gain, sure to result in equally temporary learning.
So soon after I became a teacher, I found myself in my first teashop, surrounded by the required textbooks, and designing units that told stories. Stories about life, stories about achievement, stories about problem and solution.
I had stumbled on a passion for developing units submerged in Project Based Learning.
I found that there were others like me, other teachers who loved to tackle a wider and deeper methodology of teaching and learning. But few were actually designing these units themselves. I began field testing my units with other teachers, finding those that worked only for my students because of my own understanding of how to build the units, and finding those that seemed to work in many classrooms, not just those in which I delivered the instructions.
This book represents some of my most popular units and the lessons that can be worked into any number of them. After all, one can pick up a book on Project Based Learning, but many of them out there are about the rationale of PBL, not the day-to-day implementation of it. This book, on the other hand, gives you both. And with access to the Why and the How, I hope that my passion for curriculum design is one that will help transform your own classroom.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THIS BOOK
In this book, you will find the following self-contained, step-by-step units:
CHAPTER I: THE SUPERHERO UNIT:A unit based on superhero science, science-fiction narratives, and advocacy writing, culminating in an issues-based presentation to the “United Nations”
CHAPTER II: THE LIVING MUSEUM UNIT:A unit based on role-play, historical perspectives, and informational writing culminating in a student-created living museum
CHAPTER III: THE MOVIE CRITIC UNIT:A unit based on literary analysis, the biography and contributions of Roger Ebert, and film appreciation culminating in a persuasive argument and student-taught lesson
CHAPTER IV: THE CAREER QUEST UNIT:A unit based on persuasive cover letters, developing resumes, interview skills, culminating in a school-wide Career Day event
CHAPTER V: THE GRIT AND MOTIVATION UNIT:A unit based on vital academic life skills and persuasive letter writing
CHAPTER VI: THE TEACH THEM TO BE TEACHERS UNIT:A unit based on the highest level of communication of them all…the ability to teach
The following mix-and-match lessons below are all available to download with the purchase of the book:
Bulwur-Lytton Contest Assignment
Character Traits Chart
Google Advanced Search
6 Steps of Being an Internet Detective
Writing with Numeracy Lesson
Collaboration Constitution Assignment
Online Ethics and Copyright Activity
Executive Summary Outline
Norms for Backchanneling and using Twitter
Internet Literacy: Verifying the Evidence Lesson
Cornell Notes Literary Analysis Outline
Oral Presentation Rubric
Cover Letter Outline
How to Conduct an Interview
Norms for Video Conferencing
Understanding Infographics Lesson
Student Created Assessment
Oral Conference Feedback Sheet
Essay Starters or How to Get a Reader’s Attention
How to Annotate Text
Visual Presentation (Powerpoint) Guidelines
I hope you find the book helpful and I deeply hope it helps you and your colleagues to become more fearless in your own curriculum design. Even if the strategy you love is not PBL, I hope that whatever you love about education can be leveraged to help our students learn and grow under our care.
Good luck to you all for your new school year, and happy curriculum designing!
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