Stephen Heppell

Stephen Heppell

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just trying the mend the world with learning... going alright so far, since you ask
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I've seen quite a few texted chairs lately, this one in Dumfries & Galloway, the first one I saw was in Dubai. I love the phrases, the poetry, the catchphrases; sometimes text is from a particular writer, sometimes a mix of quotes... but it just works

I've seen quite a few texted chairs lately, this one in Dumfries & Galloway, the first one I saw was in Dubai. I love the phrases, the poetry, the catchphrases; sometimes text is from a particular writer, sometimes a mix of quotes... but it just works

mashing up IKEA furniture seems to be "a thing" in many schools now. The dialogue with students is helpful, the results are ingenious and the costs are very low. This bunk bed remodelled as an early years play kitchen in Ciudalcampo, Madrid, Spain is a great example!

mashing up IKEA furniture seems to be "a thing" in many schools now. The dialogue with students is helpful, the results are ingenious and the costs are very low. This bunk bed remodelled as an early years play kitchen in Ciudalcampo, Madrid, Spain is a great example!

Saw this go past on Twitter - lo the increasingly thoughtful, but still playful, marking on playgrounds these days - robot tracks, number puzzles, history lines... so much

Saw this go past on Twitter - lo the increasingly thoughtful, but still playful, marking on playgrounds these days - robot tracks, number puzzles, history lines... so much

A slide down from the school library? Well of course it's playful, but you only use it after actually using the library, so numbers are up!  More importantly it helps cement the library as a very special place in the school. Cheap to fit, it literally goes straight out of what was a window. It can be closed too (!).

A slide down from the school library? Well of course it's playful, but you only use it after actually using the library, so numbers are up! More importantly it helps cement the library as a very special place in the school. Cheap to fit, it literally goes straight out of what was a window. It can be closed too (!).

Worth a close look at the "expertise" each child is offering - I love this: peer to peer, mixed age, esteem-building,  effective!

Worth a close look at the "expertise" each child is offering - I love this: peer to peer, mixed age, esteem-building, effective!

So many examples of this, it's hard to pick one - in short, hanging umbrellas from the learning space ceiling - with fibreglass "rock wool) (usually used for roof insulation and v cheap) laid inside them does an amazing job at reducing ambient sound. Each child brings and decorates an old umbrella. So simple.

So many examples of this, it's hard to pick one - in short, hanging umbrellas from the learning space ceiling - with fibreglass "rock wool) (usually used for roof insulation and v cheap) laid inside them does an amazing job at reducing ambient sound. Each child brings and decorates an old umbrella. So simple.

The wonderful West Thornton school has transformed itself - see also their video (click VISIT) posted to help the new NSW Parramatta school in its journey to excellence.

The wonderful West Thornton school has transformed itself - see also their video (click VISIT) posted to help the new NSW Parramatta school in its journey to excellence.

maker Spaces can be small and mobile too - perhaps building on the pioneering work of Alex Townsend's Isle of Man Computer Bus. This is the Dutch FryskLab

maker Spaces can be small and mobile too - perhaps building on the pioneering work of Alex Townsend's Isle of Man Computer Bus. This is the Dutch FryskLab

Chelmsford maker Space having started in a hut has become particularly adept at using whatever space is available - indoors and outside! In the end desk surface, storage, places to present and work together are key...

Chelmsford maker Space having started in a hut has become particularly adept at using whatever space is available - indoors and outside! In the end desk surface, storage, places to present and work together are key.

MakerSpace furniture is a challenge - many make their own (see other pins here) but some modern science lab equipment is very durable, can be reconfigured easily, doesn't stain etc. This example from Dubai

MakerSpace furniture is a challenge - many make their own (see other pins here) but some modern science lab equipment is very durable, can be reconfigured easily, doesn't stain etc. This example from Dubai

Right in the centre of Scotland's Dumfries are plenty of empty retail spaces - shopping is moving on-line. They make great maker Spaces - in the heart of the community, open space, easy access - not that here even the furniture is laser cut and Maker made. I was there very early on - seeing faces outside pressed against the glass wanting to have a go was hugely encouraging

Right in the centre of Scotland's Dumfries are plenty of empty retail spaces - shopping is moving on-line. They make great maker Spaces - in the heart of the community, open space, easy access - not that here even the furniture is laser cut and Maker made. I was there very early on - seeing faces outside pressed against the glass wanting to have a go was hugely encouraging

I really like this - in Spain - a STE(A)M project where a full science curriculum is taught through making food. The link below is an image of the inspired teacher who put all this together...

I really like this - in Spain - a STE(A)M project where a full science curriculum is taught through making food. The link below is an image of the inspired teacher who put all this together.

Play dough circuits 1: Create colourful electrical circuits with play dough and light-emitting diodes - even the littlies can get involved! ≈≈

Play dough circuits Create colourful electrical circuits with play dough and light-emitting diodes - even the littlies can get involved! - Wonderful science project ideas for physics!

given the now widely available conductive yarns and threads - the sky is the limit for using them - from simple touch sensitive garments to really complex weaves - like this one - http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6005

given the now widely available conductive yarns and threads - the sky is the limit for using them - from simple touch sensitive garments to really complex weaves - like this one - http://www.kobakant.at/DIY/?p=6005