Thinkering Studio Project Ideas


Definition:
  • "The word technology comes from the Greek. It is comprised of two parts: "techne," meaning an art or skill, and "logia" meaning the systematic study of an idea (Oxford English Dictionary, 1989). Thus the word technology originally meant the systematic study of an art or skill." Shoffner, Jones, and Harmon

Competitions


Project Idea Sites


Animation

iStopMotion available on class iPad

"Art"


Audio

  • See Music below
  • Learn to create and record sound fx
  • Interview a Family Member or Friend for StoryCorps

Augmented Reality

(and QR Codes - see below)

Blogging

  • Blogging
    • App Reviews
    • Game Reviews
    • Movie Reviews
    • Music Reviews
    • All of the above - Student Reviews
  • Micro Blogging
  • Photo Blogging
  • Video Blogging
    • How about a weekly iOS tip show for students? - iFive
    • What about a weekly Minecraft tip show for noobs, advanced players, parents ...? - Minecraft Tutorials
Blogger Help - TJ Hoppen or Ryan D

Build A Computer

Raspberry Pi Help - Nina

Crafting


Create your own "channel" to share a passion


Drawing/Painting


Electronics


Food


Game Design


Gaming


Gaming - Minecraft

(2 week limit to explore, then you need to identify a challenge)

Gardening


Help A Teacher (no mundane projects allowed, think Epic!)

  • Create learning resources for classmates or younger students
  • Curate resources related to curricular topics

Infographics


Internet Safety

  • Create a blog collecting and commenting on internet safety resources
  • Create a PSA on a particular aspect of internet safety
  • Start a campaign to educate and get classmates to stop cyberbullying
  • Combine with Internet Searching & Producing - NetSmart - use Howard Rheingold's book as a starting point for a student created media campaign (see Engage project page for more resources)

Internet Searching


LEGOS


Mini Maker Faire Projects

Build, Tweak/Hack, Share

Modern Language

  • Create a Pronunciation Portfolio
  • Create a set of flashcards and quizzes for a years worth of vocabulary and phrases or to review previous years' vocabulary
  • Gather resources (podcasts, flashcards, lessons, etc.) for the language you are already learning
  • Learn a new language
Ask Leora what's working for her

Music


Online Courses


TJ & Ben

Photography


Presenting


Printing


Podcasting

  • Thinkering Studio Jumpstart - Audio Podcasting
  • Create and maintain an iTunes podcast channel on a topic that interests you
    • Posterous, iTunes, & GarageBand (or other recording/editing software)

Programming

Python - Max C

Reading


Research/Experimentation


Robotics


Science


Screencasting

  • Create a howto wiki or wiki page on a technology of interest to you
  • Tools:

Toys


Unmaking


Videography


Web Design


Woodworking



Writing

  • Blog - see blogging section above
  • Create a poetry portfolio
  • Create a digital story
  • Make an informational wiki on a favorite topic
  • Write a novel, play, nonfiction book, fan fiction
  • Write reviews on GoodReads, Amazon, Audible, iTunes bookstore, etc.
  • Join the Digital Writers Guild and create a writing portfolio
  • Design an eBook (or iBook)

Other