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I fell behind this week having my college student home for spring break and the usual, here is the Session 5 video with English subtitles. 

Hi All,

Sorry for the long radio silence.  I'm way behind in the class.  But I thought I would share an experience you guys might be interested in.  I tutor a bunch of K-6 kids in a local charter school and we do what they call a learn-a-thon with the kids.  The students are split into groups by grade-level and different games are devised for them to play.  Mostly it's a disorganized mess, with too few tutors and poorly designed activities.  The youngest kids are often told to build things with a certain number of colored blocks ("12" let's say).  They can make anything they want so long as it has the correct number blocks.  I also ask them to tell me what they've made (which forces them to make something other than just a straight line and use their imagination a little).  The thing is, students from every grade-level prefer doing this to the traditional games.  Sixth graders will make crazy shapes, 1st and 2nd graders will make "animals" and "cars".  Technologically speaking it doesn't get much simpler than interconnecting blocks.

After reading the maker materials I would love to try just giving them materials and letting them play (with Turtle Art, Scratch, Crickets, whatever) to see what they come up with.  I think the administrators of the program believe that kids are more engaged if you present material through games, but, with the exception of a handful of games that become more challenging the better you get at them, I feel like creation is more fun and more powerful.  Especially as a way of unwinding after school.  I don't believe that we should replace the current curriculum with all making all the time, but it should really play a bigger role than it currently does.

While some of the students do the learn-a-thon with us, a group of students learn to dance on a nearby stage.  Even though they aren't, strictly speaking, making anything concrete, I feel like arts education and the maker movement have much in common.  Plays and dances and music are just more ephemeral creations.

Hoping to catch up on class a little more this week.  Great reading all of your comments.

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Session 4 video with English subtitles. Most difficult word to understand "jet assist", had two people help try to decipher. I encourage others to help with the subtitling, its a very intriguing process. I'm learning a lot doing it. 

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TURTLE ALPHABET PROJECT
These are some Turtle Letter created by people who are partecipating. Very nice and amazing. But we need more of you to complete the alphabet
Don't lose the opportunity to be part of this funny and collaborative project.
Here is the link with the instructions
https://plus.google.com/u/0/106985881983591691768/posts/BFJoRjaAUcB

How's everyone doing? If anyone is available, Learning Creative Learning course staff will be hosting their first mid-week back channel chat at 7:00 p.m. ET today, March 6, 2013 at www.candy.mit.edu. Just type in a username to join. I haven't participated in any of the back channel chats yet so I'll see how it goes. And let you all know. 

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A really great and quick read if you're looking to amplify your creativity. 

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Here's the code I built to render this image. I hope this helps anyone who may be struggling, as I did or just would like to use one of the elements. The only way to figure out the colors and many blocks is to play with them, experiment and modify.
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After much deliberation, looking at other codes, help from the community, I finally got my flower design to repeat in different colors. Next I'll post the code I built. I found it extremely useful to look at sample images and their code at turtleart.org. Some of those designs are amazing!
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Here's a perspective from 1939 on five steps in the process of creating ideas. An article well suited to this week's theme of Powerful Ideas.
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