This exploratory learning research and design project will study how to use emerging technologies to help document practices in maker-based learning experiences. This exploratory research project will not only develop a networked set of situated documentation tools, but also help us test hypotheses for how to productively integrate documentation tools and practices to support learning.
The introduction of Maker technologies like Arduinos, 3d printers, and laser cutters, enable students to create sophisticated looking artifacts, but they are often disconnected from deeper learning processes. The spaces and platforms need to evolve in ways that better support the children’s creative inquiry and constructive learning. Drawing on arts-based practices of documentation and critique, this work will examine an integration of technology, space, and education to better connect students with their creative processes to strengthen and deepen learning. Ultimately, this exploratory project will not only develop an integrated set of situated documentation tools, but also will help us develop hypotheses for how documentation as a mediating process productively supports learning.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 1736189.)