DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING OF CONTEXT IN ENGLISH THROUGH DIGItal TECHnologies and makng
The development of maker skills, design thinking and digital technologies capacity is not the sole responsibility of a hand full of keen teachers allocated a subject that a few students are fortunate enough to enrol in. To prepare our learners for a world where problem solving, digital competencies and design thinking routines are essential we can have significant impact if we start to combine this and truly embed it across a range of subjects.
This project is one such example of this. Working with the Head of Faculty and the Year 10 English staff we brainstormed some ideas about how we could include fabrication in a meaningful way to help students increase their understanding of concepts connected to the texts they were studying. We came up wth the idea to use the laser cutter to collaboratively produce a large model of Maycomb County - thus helping the students understand the relationship between places in the text, promoting close analysis of locations and events. One of the teachers had the great idea to also include phrases and key ideas that ink to each place and suspend these above the model.