|You need to be an engineer to figure this out! |
I picked up Alana
today, and after enduring the heat and mosquitoes at the Botanical Garden, we relaxed at home---my daughter, Andorra, joined us for video games, dinner, and last--origami
. I've never been that good at origami. The diagrams for making even a simple box look like the blueprint for a space shuttle. After struggling a bit, Andorra taught the two of us to make paper cranes, but the challenge was making something from a written diagram. Enter iPad and YouTube
. I discovered that there are about 20000 videos of origami instruction on YouTube, and following an actual visual demonstration was incredibly easier than the hieroglyphic-looking instructions. The iPad was conveniently placed exactly in front of the girls and the video could be stopped at crucial folding moments. The end results were a couple of cute envelopes! (Andorra then gave a lesson to Alana on addressing and stamping an envelope with plans to mail notes to each other later this week!) We'll do some more origami tomorrow!
|Check out the origami envelopes! We're mailing each other notes soon.|
If I were to apply this to teaching and education, the application is obvious! Hand-on, real life modeling is achievable these days with multimedia, and kids really learn from it.
|We made penguins the next day! And frogs.|
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