[hackerspaces] Spark 181 – Mitch Altman says hackers could raise $10mil

Willow Brugh willow.bl00 at gmail.com
Fri May 11 03:26:09 CEST 2012

It seems like a lot of the people interested in this topic will be at
SpaceCamp - is this something we can focus on there? I don't want to stop
the conversation happening here, but would also love some face time.

Willow Brugh // willowbl00 <http://blog.bl00cyb.org/>
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On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:

> Rose White asked :
> Now that I've read about the "flipped classroom" model, I think it
> sounds good for this effort--but I think that the term isn't common,
> or at least not common to folks who aren't parents or involved in
> online education. Could you explain it to the group? All I know is
> what I found on a quick search.
> Flipped Classroom is a sorta new term which basically inverts the
> conventional lecture-in-class/practice-as-homework to
> watch-lectures-on-line/practice-in-class-with-mentor  The classic model
> here is Kahn Academy (http://www.khanacademy.org/) with its math/science
> videos. Many schools are finding this works very effectively for some
> subjects.  The Kahn videos follow a very specific model -- no talking
> heads, drawing hands work the problems.  The students can pause/rewind and
> rewatch as often as desired to understand the material -- unlike in-school
> lectures that go quickly (esp as students doze off, get distracted, etc)
> with no repeating.  Teacher/Mentors get to spend more time answering
> student questions and helping them work problems.
> Shop classes are often taught this way - an introductory video to (insert
> machine tool/technique), followed by quick demo by teacher (tweaked for
> local model of machine, etc) and then student practice.  Its how I learned
> metal working basics ... followed by lots of practice.  The vids we had at
> my metal shop were probably 30+years old judging by the clothing, haircuts,
> and still images.  A couple of them even had 'ding' sounds to advance the
> film strip. (how many of you remember film strips?)
> I've been talking up this idea a bit in the community - at School Factory,
> USFLN symposium, with contacts at Kahn Academy.  I think it is something
> well worth while.
> For the Badges part - I think it would be a terrific extra for the
> students to create an Instructable/How-To/Documentary of their projects.
> One this would promote their work/portfolio, two it would get more how-tos
> out there, and three it would train them to pass on the knowledge.
> So one early badge would be the Instructables badge.  (hmmm maybe we could
> get some funding from Autodesk?)
> Jerry Isdale
> isdale at gmail.com
> On May 10, 2012, at 8:47 AM, Jerry Isdale wrote:
> I like the Hacker Scouts idea.  There is a group over at SchoolFactory.orgthat is working to organize this ...
>    https://atrium.schoolfactory.org/makerscouts/
> One issue I have with the Adafruit approach is that while they provide the
> badges, there is no associated 'requirements' for each (at least not yet.)
>  Each badge needs a sample activities list showing the types of things that
> should be completed to achieve the badge.
> As Mitch noted, the in-school space funding may be harder to get with
> makerspace.com already rolling.
> What about a flipped school approach?
> I propose the hackerspace community collectively create an archive of
> course materials for teaching various skills. This would include how-to
> videos, presentation slides, teacher support material, lists of materials,
> etc.  Skills would be the classic hacker activities - coding, soldering,
> metal bending, laser cutting, 3d printing, metal foundry, crafting, locks
> etc.  and also tie in more conventional school skills -- eg showing how 3d
> printing can be used to illustrate geometry, etc.  The course materials
> archive would get peer review, and require use of an open (Create Commons)
> license. Then schools, spaces, fablabs, and other kid/adult organizations
> around the world could access them online and use them locally.
> On top of that we create an organization that solicits funds from
> foundations, etc and collects up the $10mil+, which it in turn passes on to
> courseware developers to support their activities.   This organization
> helps reduce the grant scramble that individual efforts would need to do
> ... and collects them so MacArthur etc sees one well done proposal rather
> than 20 lesser ones.
> Jerry Isdale
> isdale at gmail.com
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