Jugaad, educational toys from Junk (TPACK at work)

by | Monday, September 14, 2009

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I had written earlier about the idea of Jugaad, the quintessential Indian idea of situational creativity. One of the masters at this is Arvind Gupta. Check out his website for tons of wonderful science toys and experiments that can be made from stuff we typically throw away. Very cool and a critical part of the kind of repurposing of artifacts we need for creative teaching.

Throwaway Technology, playful Pedagogy and powerful Content… who says TPACK needs hi-tech!

Via Major Fun (aka Bernie DeKoven) comes Arvind Gupta, winner of the Defender of the Playful Award.

A few randomly selected blog posts…

Wong, Mishra, Koehler & Adams (2007)

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Bridging the theory/practice gap: A visual exploration

Bridging the theory/practice gap: A visual exploration

Theoretically there should a reciprocal relationship between Theory and Practice - but it is the gap that every academic bemoans. This posting is prompted not by any particular insight into these matters but rather to share a set of visuals (ambigrams, memes,...

2 Comments

  1. Susan

    Whooah! That’s cool. How can you make toys out of junks?

    Reply

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