October 12, 2015
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Can school truly be for everybody?

“Is there any harm to letting others who are a little bit different, shine in their own environment?”

We have started our term with the provocation “Can school truly be for everyone?” We have been thinking about what school even is, when learning has felt really good and keeping our key words for the term in mind: Inclusive & Empowered.

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Yikes! I hope we can flip this idea through our design process!

 

After watching this clip we set off around our school to collect data. Any data! We could take notes on whatever we found interesting, important, concerning, exciting, even boring. That instruction was pretty broad and there was a lot of freedom. Our purpose was a bit more clear and specific, though. We then started to organise our data, thinking about how we could design a school that was inclusive and empowering.

We’re just at the data collection stage, but lots of kids in Room 27 are keen to work on the Empathize stage of design thinking by going and interviewing a wide range of people who use our school.

So far our biggest themes are:

– We would like more space and areas to play

– CHOICE

– Project based learning

– Accessibility (it can be hard to find your way around our school)

– Places for rubbish

We’ll keep you posted!

May 1, 2015
by msnathan
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Homework Weeks 2-4: Due Friday May 15th

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Game Changer

You have the next (almost) two weeks to design a game for an audience of your peers. It can be a totally new game or a modification of a game you already know. It can be a sports style game, a small indoor game, card game or board game. Be creative! Is there equipment that you could use for a different purpose? Could you design and make new equipment?

You make work in groups of up to 3 people, however everyone must complete the work on their own blogs and in their own homework books individually.

In week five we will all take turns at teaching our games to the rest of the class, so it must be a game that is possible to be played at school (you may use PE equipment).

To Do:

–      Due Friday 8th MayBlog post inspiration: write a blog post about some of your favourite games and what you liked about them, or games you have seen/heard of and would like to try (and why). Also maybe discuss a couple of features of games you have played and don’t like.

–       Comment on 3 blog posts with feedback and ideas.

–       In your homework book: brainstorm possible game ideas/equipment.

–       In your homework book: Draft rules of your game to bring in for feedback

–       In your homework book: Sketch any equipment you will need to or want to make (eg board, cards, etc)

–       Due Monday 11th May: Bring in homework book to share with class for critique and feedback.

–       Due Friday 15th MayPublish rules, equipment, etc for game. Think about a name, packaging, advertising, etc. You can do this by hand, on the computer or both.

March 9, 2015
by msnathan
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Can our school save the planet?

Do you think KNS is an eco friendly school? What would you change to make our school more environmentally aware, sustainable or energy efficient?

Timberland-Eco-Love-SurveyHere’s an example of an infographic that uses pictures, statistics and graphics to present an idea about being eco-friendly. We talked today about statistics being important because they tell us about themselves. Do you think this is a useful infographic? Why/why not?

Our Pinterest board – have a look here for inspiration and ideas around our big question.

March 6, 2015
by msnathan
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Best New Thing In The World: Coffee cups that grow!

Check out the video above to learn more about this super clever and planet friendly design idea! A group of people has made a prototype for a biodegradable coffee cup that has seeds in it so it will grow if you plant it. I would love to be able to choose these cups in New Zealand! If you go to their Kickstarter page you’ll see that lots of other people want this product as well, they’ve gone over their fundraising goal with 9 days left to go.

Would you use a coffee cup with seeds in it? Have you ever thought of something clever and helpful to design? Leave a comment with your answers!

August 26, 2014
by msnathan
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Homework Week 6-7: Due Thursday 4th September

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You have the next (almost) two weeks to design a game for an audience of your peers. It can be a totally new game or a modification of a game you already know. It can be a sports style game, a small indoor game, card game or board game.

In week eight we will all take turns at teaching our games to the rest of the class, so it must be a game that is possible to be played at school (you may use PE equipment).

To Do:

–       Blog post inspiration (by Thursday 28th August): write a blog post about some of your favourite games and what you liked about them, or games you have seen/heard of and would like to try (and why). Also maybe discuss a couple of features of games you have played and don’t like.

–       Comment on 3 blog posts with feedback and ideas.

–       In your homework book: brainstorm possible game ideas/equipment.

–       In your homework book: Draft rules of your game to bring in for feedback

–       In your homework book: Sketch any equipment you will need to or want to make (eg board, cards, etc)

–       Monday 1st September: Bring in homework book to share with class for critique and feedback.

–       Publish rules, equipment, etc for game. Think about a name, packaging, advertising, etc. You can do this by hand, on the computer or both.

May 30, 2014
by msnathan
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Homework Week 4-6: Due Thursday 12th June

This video is an awesome example of how design can impact how people behave. Take a look!

Design Challenge!

 Your job this week is to design your ideal school environment. This will be both your regular and maths homework as you will draw on your research and geometry skills.

 1. Create a blog post of images that you are drawing your inspiration from. You could include the colours you like, interesting outdoor environments, buildings that inspire you, new technology or even furniture that you think would work well for learning. Leave feedback in the comments for 5 different blog posts. DUE THURSDAY 5th JUNE.

 2. Your design must follow the following specifications:

– Room for 800-1000 students plus staff (Remember that not all students and staff will necessarily be in a classroom at all times).

– Include recreational areas as well as learning areas (or these might overlap!)

– Consider how to not use up too much space (area).

 3. To hand in:

– A birds eye view or scaled drawing of your school, clearly labelled. Include all buildings, play areas, trees, etc. A3 – A2 sized.

– One floor plan of a building of your choice. Include possible furniture, materials you might use.

– 3 designs for a piece of furniture or equipment (in either 2D or 3D).

– The design for a new piece of learning technology. Be creative!

– A sales pitch promoting your school. Include what the environment is like, any special features, why you think it will be good for learning. A pamphlet, a paragraph in your book, a video, a blog post, a 3d model that you can present to the class, a powerpoint presentation or anything else you can think of!

For inspiration, head over to our School Design board on Pinterest that I will be adding to over the next few weeks. You could even create your own Pinterest account to store images that you like. There is also a collection of photos inside cool schools here. Or, you might use search terms like ‘futuristic school design’, ‘innovative school design’, ‘clever school design’, ‘modern school furniture’, etc.

I will continue to post links and info on our blog and directly to you on Edmodo to help support you in your design project. Remember, think about how you like to learn and what environment you would like to learn in.

4cb2fdb011ce76.74613412Detailed floor plan for the amazing Orestad College in Copenhagen, Denmark.

EK-AH547_DANSCH_G_20120118210428And here’s what it looks like filled with kids. More photos over here!

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