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Break it! till you Make it!

Ferrao, Frank (2020) Break it! till you Make it! Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Ferrao, Frank
Abstract:

Break it till you Make it explores the democratization of digital project-based learning with children ages 7-11. Using elementary schools and community centers in Toronto as a case study, this project looks at how we can dramatically lower the cost of digital project-based learning when classes sizes of 30 are commonplace.

The research investigated the current trends in digital education, and how digital project-based education fosters the 4 Cs: creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Finally, the research documented the process of building a low-cost mobile makerspace, cost-effective workshops and participant feedback. The result showed the dramatic reduction of cost per child for digital learning and the scalability of the workshops.

The overarching methodology used was action-based and incorporated mixed methods to design the workshops. Staff and volunteers participated as facilitators and co-participants. Lastly, the project provides a new lens by which to look at digital making, by using accessible materials and crafting tools.

Date: 9 May 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital making, low-cost makerspaces, workshop design, computational thinking, digital fabrication, interactive play.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 10 May 2020 02:51
Last Modified: 10 May 2020 02:51
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2989

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