MIT Design Camp: A stimulus to integrate Technology to Education

Prototype testing in progress

The MIT Design Camp gave the Science Team an opportunity to visit Boston and gain insights in a well planned design camp, held from 9th-13th Jan, 2017 in the Office of Digital learning. The sessions started with a brief introduction followed by an ice breaker activity to engage us in an inquiry learning process and come up with similar inquiry type questions related to our domains. All the domains presented their respective flow of module and how it encompasses the elements of hands on activity and use of technology to enhance the pedagogy and create an environment of active learning among students.

Prototype discussions in progress

During the entire workshop we had Scot, Judy, Louisa, Glenda, Brandon and other visiting speakers who conducted various sessions under the light of the agenda of the workshop. While working with Scot we realised how contextualisation of content is significant and how to get into the nuances of game and simulation to develop an intriguing game or simulation based learning experience. Louisa and Judy took us deep into the realms of the game and content world and how they can go integrated to compliment a good educational technology. During this journey Daniel, who is among the key developers of StarLogo was kind enough to give us a hands on learning experience of developing a game on StarLogo. We in each domain, now being in a way equipped with the ideas, pedagogy involved and technology came up with paper prototypes of games for each module planned and did a prototype testing. Having Vijay Kumar, Eric, Glenda, Jayashree, Jaya, Ashwin, Deepak and others during the testing gave us a list of strong feedbacks.

I believe each of us from the science team took away an experience which will enable us to understand the nitty-gritty of the content and technology while designing a blended module with a desired efficacy for the teachers and learners. The warmth provided by the CLIx-MIT team and especially Judy L who enabled the smooth functioning of the entire process kept the spirit of the Science team burning at the sub-zero conditions of Boston.

(Subeer Kangsabanik, Eklavya Fellow, Science team, CLIx)

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