I believe that all design solves a problem. I used this site to discuss this idea with my Design Studies students. The concept is interesting; according to the author, “I’m on an adventure – to explore the limits of design’s ability to solve social problems, big and small. To do this I attempted to solve 50 problems in 50 days using design. I also spent time with 12 of Europe’s top design firms.” There are some interesting stories here!
The URL: http://50problems50days.com/
Sheridan College Professor of Interaction Design, Mark Shufflebottom, shared this resource with a group the other day. In three steps with a mobile device, you can use augmented reality to guide your calligraphic pen to make several interesting designs. First, print the marker so that your phone has a virtual connection to the paper. Secondly, load the web page on the mobile device and hold it over the marker and your drawing paper. The image will appear and you or your students can then ‘trace’ the a.r. image that appears. You might want to devise some sort of holder for the device so things don’t shift around too much.
The URL: https://learncalligraphy.today/index.html
I got this site from my student, Robert C. He was really excited to see the relative size of our Solar System using this tool. I hope you’ll like it too!
The URL: http://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html
My pal, Frank Novak, shared this site that offers a venue for honest conversations about GMO foods. It’s a controversial topic, often based on emotional reactions. Here’s an interesting attempt at a bias-balanced approach to learning more together about the food industry and its challenges.
The URL: https://knowgmo.ca/
My friend, Nelson Gonzales from Belize City asked me about online reading books for his students. We discussed the International Children’s Digital Library which is a repository of digitized literature available in many languages for use by students. The growing collection is curated by the ICDL Foundation and contains stories that exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas.
The URL: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Well, things are in full momentum by now so I thought I’d start sending a few things on The Teacher List. Thanks for hanging around!
I found this while researching how to repair a rubber-to-metal part on my truck and realized it will be handy for my Design Studies classes. Simply pick a category of This, then a category of That – and this handy search engine will guide you to the best adhesive product. This is excellent for STEAM classes, Science, Construction and Art classes as well.
The URL: http://www.thistothat.com/