Anyone who knows me at all will tell you I’m a huge advocate for integrating the effective use of technology into the classroom, but I’m really more about student creativity and engaging in projects that require students to exert a sustained effort over time, work collaboratively, think critically, and ends in the students producing something “real.” For me, the technology was just a means to an end. My first year of teaching, I had my students create a student news program that was broadcast across our school’s closed-circuit television system. I then got into HyperStudio (in our Apple IIgs lab), Web design, photo editing, and more recently coding.
Throughout my career, I’ve also facilitated students in LOTS of low- or no-tech projects. Origami is one example of those types of projects. Lots of coordination, space perception, math skills, etc. are involved. Here’s a recent shot of students creating origami stars on the last day before Winter Break.