April 1, 2015
by msnathan
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Best New Thing In The World: Touchable Memories

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Ok so this isn’t actually new, the post I linked to above was written last November, but it is new to me and I think it is really awesome.

3D printing seems like such exciting technology, but I do wonder sometimes if it is that good an idea to be producing more plastic things that could end up in landfills. This idea from pirate3d though, of 3D printing copies of photos for blind folks so they can have a chance to see their memories again is fantastic!

Technology is just a tool. People give it a purpose. 

What a great way of looking at technology! What are your thoughts about 3D printing? Have you heard any innovative or exciting ways that people are using it? Let me know in the comments!

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.

August 1, 2014
by msnathan
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Homework: Week 2, due Thursday 7th August (Treat yo self!)

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Recipe Tester

For homework this week, treat yo self (or someone else) by choosing and making a delicious recipe! Here’s what I’d like you to do…

–       Chose a recipe that you love or find a new one that looks good, either online or in a recipe book.

–       Link to or write out the recipe on your blog.

–      Modification #1 – adjust the size/amount of your recipe by either increasing or decreasing the recipe. You will need to increase or decrease each ingredient – adjust the size/amount of your recipe by either increasing or decreasing the recipe. You will need to increase or decrease each ingredient by the same ratio. So, decide if you’re going to double, halve, increase by a third/quarter/50% or whatever you like and rewrite (or type) out your recipe before making it. Post your new recipe on your blog with photos and comments on how it turned out.

–   Modification #2 – innovate on your recipe. Add new flavours, substitute ingredients, change some ingredient amounts but not others, dip it in chocolate, liquify it. Post this new recipe on your blog with photos and comments on how it turned out.

For both modifications, share your results with a friend or family member and include their feedback in your blog post/s.

If you wanted to know how to make it so your blog shows only a part of the post with a link to reveal the full post (like the ‘read more’ link you’ll get on longer FB posts or comments) then here’s a tutorial.

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