Like many teachers, Kevin Anderson knows that kids don’t usually like to sit still for hours on end. Yet most schools have them doing that from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon, which means they can often become disengaged and bored.
Enter Anderson’s master’s project titled "Active Learning," which uses two plastic, programmed balls and an attached elastic rope that students can move around using their hands, feet, and bodies in order to form geometric shapes. The balls detect speed, so if the students are moving around too quickly, it will vibrate, prompting them to slow down and become more aware of themselves, spatially and kinesthetically.
How can movement science and active play engage students in math and other school subjects? How else could a tool like this be used in the classroom? Add your thoughts on Vialogues.
Excerpts from the discussion:
@00:19 Beckieb: I've always seen the 8 hour class day as problematic. Students cannot learn, sitting at desks all day. Students need to be able to move around and explore through action and applied understanding.
@01:29 Clark: This ball seems simple enough for anyone to build! Well, anyone with knowledge of arduinos (which I don't have, so I have no real reference of difficulty... but it looks uncomplicated!)