Beyond Bits and Atoms: Overview

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Human-Computer Interaction +
Rapid Prototyping + Making and Building
Learning Sciences + Constructionism + Critical Pedagogy

This course is a hands-on practicum in evaluating, designing and building technology-enabled curricula, tools, and learning environments. We will use many rich software toolkits and state-of-the-art prototyping technologies (3D printers, laser cutters, routers, robotics, sensors) designed for novices to get their “hands dirty” designing educational software, educational toolkits, educational toys, and tangible user interfaces. A special focus of the course will be to reinvent the “offline” side of online learning: in other words, designing hands-on toolkits, sensing devices, tangible interfaces, and low-cost wet labs that could be used in conjunction with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), in order to bring the well-known benefits of hands-on learning to the online learning world. We also focus on low-cost, appropriate technologies, particularly for urban school in the US and in developing countries.

No programming or technical knowledge is needed! This class is a good fit for students with and without a technical background. Don't be scared! The class is designed for technical and non-technical people to succeed and to have a good experience -- but you will have to put in the hours.


CS 402 / EDUC 236: Beyond Bits and Atoms
Creative technologies for off/online learning

Practicum in designing and building technology-enabled curricula, activities, and learning environments. The class should be taken in conjunction with the lab session.

Autumn 2012-2013: Fridays 10:00 AM - 12:50 PM

CS 402L / EDUC 211: Beyond Bits and Atoms - Lab
Digital Fabrication and Physical Computing in Education

This course is a hands-on lab in the prototyping and fabrication of tangible technologies, with a special focus in learning and education. The lab should be taken in conjunction with the class session.

Autumn 2012-2013: Fridays 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM - CERAS 102