[squeakland] [Squeakland News] Etoys at Maker Faire in Hannover
ritafreudenberg at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 5 12:29:43 EDT 2013
This weekend, our family presented Etoys at a local maker faire in
Hannover, Germany. It was the first time I attended an event like this and
I liked it very much. The whole idea of "making" fits pretty good with what
you are doing with Etoys.
But it was very different from what I usually do when presenting Etoys,
too. First of all, people come and look and need a short concise
introduction of what Etoys actually is. They all have different
backgrounds, you can not assume that they are interested in teaching a
certain subject. Of course, during the discussion, you find out what
interests them and can show these aspects. But at some point, we had 3 or 4
different groups of people visiting and each of us was engaged in her own
conversation. This is ok if there are enough people at the booth.
We used 4 XO laptops to show Etoys. This was a good idea in several ways,
for one, it was sunny and you could still read the screens :) The laptops
are eye catchers, too and we also answered questions about the XO's and
What worked good was showing the Etoys challenge and ask visitors to try to
solve it. It was engaging and needed not too much explanation. Turtle
geometry is also a nice and quick activity, the drive-a-car-curriculum is
still one of the best ways to give an introduction and show the power of
Etoys (this is Bert's favorite).
What would I do next time? It would be nice to have a bigger screen and
show Kathleen's videos in the background. The XO's were in use most of the
time and been left in various states.
I would prepare / look up more projects like the Etoys challenge, where
visitors (most important, kids) can just start doing something.
I would like to have something physical, maybe a robot controlled via
Physical Etoys, because it is even more engaging then movement on a
computer screen and draws attention. I also like the idea from an event in
Japan I read about: create a physical object like a clay-figure, take shots
with a camera and create a stop-motion-animation. But maybe this already
points towards the other thing I really would do: offer workshops.
Bert explaining Drive-a-Car, standing beside our self-made Smalltalk
Jakob and Sophie showing Etoys to other kids.
Von Rita am 8/05/2013 09:29:00 vorm. unter Squeakland News eingestellt
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