We are talking about prototyping this week in my Learning Technology by Design class and my lab task was to create something (a prototype) to represent an idea. The idea I choose was to represent my view of learning. After a bit of thought, I pulled together some old gloves, a hat, unused ethernet cables, a few objects that represent doing (tools, Legos, Makey Makey, calculator) and a box. Add a bit of tape and my prototype was done!
When I first thought about how to represent this idea, I wasn’t really sure how to begin. However, much of what I read this past week (and a focus of my Problem of Practice) was about learning by doing. Therefore, I started by looking for a glove to represent hands-on construction. This quickly turned into several hands (gloves). I then wanted to show that what the hands are doing affects the brain (the hat). Therefore, I went hunting for some yarn to make the (neural) connections. However, I came across several colors of ethernet cables so I used those instead. I liked how as I started building and tweaking this model, my view of learning became clearer. I was also surprised that this process really didn’t take too long and everything I used was just laying around the house.