Everybody talks about SDGs these days. Yes, we all are aware of many things are going around us that are already giving us a lot of impacts. You know because you see these every day on TV, the internet and maybe near you. Then what? Is there anything you can do about them?
If you are interested in learning a new skill to help the world solve problems, small to big, easy to very complex, please join us in a three hours workshop to learn :
MIT App Inventor : simple, easy to use free software to design and make Apps for mobile phone and tablet
Design Thinking essentials
You can sign up from the following web site. The venue is Chika Seminar Hall, conveniently located from Kita Sando staion, Toshin Fukutoshin subway line.
Mind Render is a 3D and VR programming software for kids and adults, for anyone who want to learn world with simple block style pgoramming. I worked on this software development project with ex colleagues at CSK corporation who are still eager to do something new, something good to young people.
I uploaded a video to show how a small program I made in 10 min. can control a drone fly in a colorful town.
You can download Mind Render for totally free of charge at App Store for iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows.
If you are in Tokyo, you can attend free introduction workshop at Mobile Internet Technology, Kioicho, Tokyo. Please check future workshop shedule at the Mind Render’s official website.
On Saturday, October 26th, a full day workshop was held at Kyushu Sangyo University. Six hours plus long workshop gave a chance to students to think about their thinking about a world problem thus to extract a principles for designing a solution. Participating students then actually created a mobile app in each group using MIT App Inventor.
The workshop was initiated by an invitation from Management School Dean, Prof.Osamu Kikima after a short discussion with Masao Ishihara, a MIT Master Trainer in Educational Mobile Computing. We set three goals in the workshop.
– Unlocking hidden knowledge using LEGO®️ SERIOUS PLAY®️ method and material, to help student have deeper and broader view to world problem.
⁃ Design a mobile app with a clear purpose of helping others using design thinking and short cycle prototyping similar to design sprint.
⁃ Rapid prototyping that leads to fully functioning mobile app development using MIT App Inventor
Workshop contents : – Introduction to MIT App Inventor (30 min.) – MIT App Inventor app development cycle ( 2 apps, 90 min.) – LEGO®️SERIOUS PLAY®️ skills building (45 min.) – Extracting a design principle for a world problem (w/ LSP, 90 min.) – Designing a mobile app based on design principle found (100 min.) – Final team presentation of mobile app (20 min.)
At the end of the workshop, participating students had more confidence in thinking about world problems and they came to know one powerful tool that help them to design and prototype a solution with our mighty computing tool, mobile devices.
Students also shared their feeling how LEGO®️ SERIOUS PLAY®️, a method new to them helped them deepen thinking as well to share ideas far more effectively among friends.
At Seigakuin high school and junior high school, students are ready to show an exciting VR experience demonstration. During the school festival on Saturday, Nov.2 and Monday, Nov.4, students will show the demo at classroom of high school 1-B, main school building. The demonstration and guest experience are open from 10:00 to 15:00 both day. Anyone can visit the school and experience the exciting VR contents students developed.
I conducted my second App Inventor training today at STEMON Ogikubo school, Tokyo. Nine after school STEM program instructors participated. They all enjoyed and learned about Educational Mobile Computing through making mobile apps using MIT App Inventor.
The three hours training started at 9:30. Participants built Animal sound book and automatic translator app.
9月4日、未来教室ステモン荻窪本校教室にて指導員向けに MIT App Inventorの講習会を開催しました。９名の参加者はコンピュータ活用思考（Computational Thinking）などのプログラミング教育についての考え方の紹介の後、MIT App Inventorを使ってスマホ（タブレット）アプリ作りに挑戦しました。本日参加者の皆さんが作ったのは動物鳴き声図鑑アプリ（ウェブ図鑑参照機能付）と機械翻訳アプリ（発話機能付）の２つです。短時間で２つのアプリを作り終えることができました。
MIT App Inventorはパソコン画面の前だけで完結してしまうプログラミング学習から、「行動する課題解決者」として子どもたちをエンパワーするために考え出されたツールです。スマホを使って、子どもたちが実際に社会課題を解決する事例が海外では数多く出てきました。日本でもこうした動きをステモンの皆さんと作っていくことができれば嬉しいです。
MIT App Inventorはテクノロジーを使って社会課題を解決するためのツールですが、開発の背景には「コンストラクショニズム」という教育思想があります。同じコンストラクショニズムをベースにした LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®と組み合わせることによって個人的な課題や社会課題を深く考え、テクノロジーの力を借りて解決実践をする人材を育てていくことが私のミッションではないかなと考えております。