Week 10 Emerging Technology: How Are Electronics Viable Additions to “Crafting” For
Today’s Young Person?
Electronics can be used in a variety of ways to craft for young people. “Crafting” means the ability to create something unique. You can create so many different things. The video “Leah Buechley: How to ‘Sketch’ with Electronics” shows some pretty amazing things that students can draw. I can see this being use in any type of class, especially art, geography, language arts, math, and music. The possibilities for what students can create with these electronics are endless. In geography, I can have the students draw a map of the world and then put a dot that lights up of the places they have lived. I think that would be neat to see. There are other possibilities that they can do with this type of technology.
Chibitronics is another great electronic learning tool. I can see using it in art class. Students can draw a painting and have it light up in the places they want it to. This would be a neat project to share at parent conferences. I think the parents would be very impressed by what their children are doing at school.
The flora is wearable and students can create many items from that. They can create a hat, shirt, skirt, add on to their pants, etc. The flora sounds like it is easy to use. It is fabric friendly and beginner friendly. This would be a great project for students to start with. I know it will make it easier for me as well since I never have created one myself. If it is beginner friendly then I think the students and I can create something from it.
So, to me, electronics is a viable addition to crafting. With it, you can create something extraordinary and original. There is nothing that you can’t create. All you need is to use your artistic skills and go to work creating something beautiful and unique that you will truly enjoy.
Buechley, L. (2012). “Leah Buechley: How to ’sketch’ with electronics.” Retrieved July 20, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTBp0Z5GPeI.
Interactive Light Painting: Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting). (2015). Retrieved July 20, 2015, from https://vimeo.com/40904471.