Inspiration….designpiration

“Think left and think right and think low and think high oh, the things you can think up if only you try! – Dr Seuss

Okay, so I made up a word in the title, but did I get your attention. This article says what it does in the title. It gives you a list of places to go to and be inspired by. These were discussed at a Teach Meet, which I attended at Goldsmiths University. The ideas range from lesson ideas, to ideas creation and free courses for GCSE students at Ravensbourne College. It got us thinking. I hope it does the same to you.

  •  Pinterest:  http://uk.pinterest.com/: This is a source of inspiration and resources to be discovered. 

  • Quest to Learn NYC: www.q2l.org  

  • Pearson Foundation: www.pearsonfoundtion.org

  • Ravensbourne Summer School:  www.eventbrite.co.uk/ravensbourne: They provide free courses for GCSE and Yr 13’s. A great way to engage and expose pupils to emerging technologies. 

  • Oribotics – Matthew Gardiner: www.oribotics.net: This guy creates amazing work, which I could only wish to produce. The ideas and concepts could be used in the classroom. I see this in a Graphics project where pupils could learn folding and origami techniques with different papers (or boards). The electronics aspect could be introduced through the creation of series or parallel circuits implemented into their creations. I haven’t tried this yet, but I am keen to as soon as the opportunity arrives.

  • Spider silk goats

  • Horizon report: http://www.nmc.org/horizon-project  

  • SCAMPER: www.litemind.com/scamper: You can create resources out of this method to encourage ideas generation. I created mine on the laser cutter and created puzzle pieces. This means in lessons pupils can have a hands on interaction with the resource to engage them.

  • Everything is a remix: www.everythingisaremix.info

  •  Monument Valley: http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/: An app with crazy architecture. 

  • Minecraft:  https://minecraft.net 

  • I study art: www.istudyart.co.uk

  • Structural Packaging: www.amazon.co.uk: This is great for architectural projects or projects on creating models or prototypes for packaging. I used the ideas in the book with KS3 Yr 8s and pupils loved it; deforming and shaving cubes. It’s a great way to bring some innovation into the design process. 

  • Gamestorming: www.gamestorming.com

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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