Hack Your Notebook and Illuminate Your Thinking

December 05, 2013
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST
By NWP Admin

In a reprise of a National Writing Project Annual Meeting session, Jie Qi of the Responsive Environments group  at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , and David Cole and Jennifer Dick of Nexmap.org  and its I/O (Inside/Out) program  walk you through the building of low-cost circuits that allow writers to hack the traditional notebook and tell stories with interactivity. Tune into this webinar to learn how you can work with circuits, writing, and your creative impulse to turn the writer’s notebook into a repository of STEM-powered storytelling.

Interested in learning more about this work and its approach and materials in advance of the webinar? See the I/O notebooking page and Jie Qi’s recently announced crowd-funding project, Circuit Stickers. Check out the video and take a look the circuit stickers she and her research partner, Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, are producing. 

Live Chat Archive

[Dec 5 2013, 11:42 PM] edinnovator: Hi! The webinar will be starting in less than 20 minutes.
[Dec 5 2013, 11:56 PM] edinnovator: We’ll be starting in just a few minutes!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:01 AM] edinnovator: We’ve started!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:01 AM] edinnovator: you can pop the video out if you’d like; you can also pop out the chat if you’d like
[Dec 6 2013, 12:02 AM] edinnovator: And, please do use the chat, as Jen says, to ask questions – I’ll bring them into the hangout.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:09 AM] edinnovator: here’s more info about Connected Learning: http://connectedlearning.tv/connected-learning-principles
[Dec 6 2013, 12:11 AM] NWPDigital_Is: We can’t see it on the big screen, just fyi.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:12 AM] edinnovator: Sorry about that – you should seeit on the big screen now.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] vperson: no, still not seeing on the big screen yet
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] Kathryn Blades: I pulled this up https://nexmap.squarespace.com/insideout-notebooking#notebook-collaborators
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] luhoka: Got it!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] vperson: now we can see it.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] edinnovator: ok, great
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] edinnovator: sorry about that snafu
[Dec 6 2013, 12:13 AM] Kathryn Blades: yes i can see it
[Dec 6 2013, 12:14 AM] luhoka: So. Cool.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:14 AM] NWPDigital_Is: It is beautiful.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:14 AM] Kathryn Blades: Lovely
[Dec 6 2013, 12:14 AM] edinnovator: yes, here’s a direct link: http://vimeo.com/40904471
[Dec 6 2013, 12:14 AM] luhoka: Love the idea of learning circuitry for creativity/expression instead of just to make something sell or fix functional things
[Dec 6 2013, 12:15 AM] vperson: I love how the art is so interactive and pulls the viewer in to become part of the art itself.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:15 AM] edinnovator: And here’s Jie’s website with more of her projects: http://technolojie.com/
[Dec 6 2013, 12:15 AM] luhoka: Yes, interactivity is pretty sweet too.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:15 AM] edinnovator: Yes, @vperson, that’s the idea that we started with in relation to the hacking the notebook work: interactivity and expression powered by technology
[Dec 6 2013, 12:17 AM] edinnovator: Here’s an interesting post by Lou Buran who used the paper circuits notebook at a recent workshop with David, Jie and Jen in Boston: http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/paper-circuits/5829
[Dec 6 2013, 12:18 AM] edinnovator: And here’s my post on that workshop: http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/making-masses-aka-paper-circuitry/5811
[Dec 6 2013, 12:19 AM] vperson: Where can we find the booklet?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:19 AM] edinnovator: my post includes a link to the booklet
[Dec 6 2013, 12:19 AM] Jennifer_Dick: Also: http://www.nexmap.org/insideout-notebooking
[Dec 6 2013, 12:20 AM] vperson: Thank you.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:20 AM] NWPDigital_Is: Thanks everyone … have to go now but so appreciate all the beautiful work here.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:21 AM] edinnovator: Thanks for joining in, Digital Is!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:22 AM] vperson: Just lost the video.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:22 AM] Susan Molnar: me too
[Dec 6 2013, 12:23 AM] edinnovator: try refreshing
[Dec 6 2013, 12:23 AM] edinnovator: has that helped?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:23 AM] edinnovator: also, please let me know if you have questions
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] vperson: it’s freezing and then unfreezing. just froze again. now back on
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] Jennifer_Dick: We love questions!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] Susan Molnar: no… refreshed twice :/
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] edinnovator: apologies for the technical difficulties
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] Susan Molnar: oh yea! it just came back on
[Dec 6 2013, 12:24 AM] edinnovator: great, Susan!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:27 AM] vperson: well, the notebook would be for me a place where I could be messy and “fail” at attempts before getting right. Safe space to experiment whereas the beautiful dandelion is a final product
[Dec 6 2013, 12:27 AM] edinnovator: yes, for sure, @vperson
[Dec 6 2013, 12:27 AM] vperson: oh no, just froze again
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] edinnovator: when we think of the notebook, we think of it as a place to make mistakes, to experiment, to iterate
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] Jennifer_Dick: exactly–you can prototype in your safe space for thinking, and document your process as you go in the notebook on the way to something like the dandilion
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] edinnovator: not unlike an engineer’s notebook
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] Susan Molnar: yeah mine is freezing on and off… but this is great… is it going to be archived somewhere – I run an after school program and would like to share it with some of our other educators
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] edinnovator: yes, it will be archived here at Educator Innovator
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] Susan Molnar: Great 🙂
[Dec 6 2013, 12:28 AM] edinnovator: so check back here by early next week
[Dec 6 2013, 12:29 AM] edinnovator: and again, apologies for the technical difficulties
[Dec 6 2013, 12:29 AM] vperson: so, the stickers can be pulled up again and again and reused until you get it right
[Dec 6 2013, 12:29 AM] Jennifer_Dick: Yes!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:29 AM] mhendra: I’m curious about supplies and tools – what are the essential supplies? where do you get them? (how expensive?) and what tools do you need? Jie Li just started on this so maybe this will all be covered!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:30 AM] vperson: Yes, I’d like to know where I might get these supplies.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:30 AM] edinnovator: Some of the items are readily available, like watch batteries and copper tape from Home Depot.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:30 AM] Jennifer_Dick: They’re pretty cheap; if you go to the NEXMAP URL I linked earlier, you’ll see we have a list of supplies; the stickers aren’t available yet; they’re in a crowdfunding stage–we’ll talk about them before the end of the webinar
[Dec 6 2013, 12:31 AM] Susan Molnar: http://www.crowdsupply.com/chibitronics/circuit-stickers
[Dec 6 2013, 12:31 AM] Jennifer_Dick: Bottom line, you can do this for ~$1.50 a person with standard surface-mount LEDs
[Dec 6 2013, 12:31 AM] edinnovator: Yes, that’s exactly it, Susan
[Dec 6 2013, 12:33 AM] Susan Molnar: I had a really good supplier for large quantities of coin cells trying to find it… you can do some fun stuff with traditional LEDs which are also cheap while waiting for the stickers (I’m so excited for the stickers! Its going to be a great transition for some of the thing we’re already up to)
[Dec 6 2013, 12:40 AM] vperson: I’d love to see the images that came out of workshop.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:41 AM] Jennifer_Dick: We’ll be putting a blog post & a slideshow on the NEXMAP blog by this time next week!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:44 AM] edinnovator: Any questions for Jie, Jen or David?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:45 AM] Susan Molnar: Yes! that’s one of the most exciting things 🙂 there’s so much potential and once you learn it there, its transferable as well
[Dec 6 2013, 12:46 AM] edinnovator: As Susan posted earlier, here’s the link to the crowd-sourced supply site: http://www.crowdsupply.com/chibitronics/circuit-stickers
[Dec 6 2013, 12:46 AM] vperson: Will we have access to this chatroll after this webinar concludes?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:46 AM] Susan Molnar: Also, here are the batteries that work well – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0PG0HC1635&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-_-pla-_-Standard+Batteries+%26+Chargers-_-9SIA0PG0HC1635&ef_id=UctffgAABBrcSy1A:20131206004138:s
[Dec 6 2013, 12:46 AM] edinnovator: yes, we’ll archive the chat as well
[Dec 6 2013, 12:46 AM] vperson: awesome
[Dec 6 2013, 12:47 AM] edinnovator: check back early next week
[Dec 6 2013, 12:47 AM] Susan Molnar: they are Lithium Ion CR 2032s they work great with most standard LEDs
[Dec 6 2013, 12:47 AM] edinnovator: Cool – thanks, Susan!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:50 AM] dogtrax: I’m interested in how to connect reflective writing with the science elements of notebooks.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:51 AM] edinnovator: Hey Kevin! Good to see you here. Yes, that’s a fantastic interest. Can you say more?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:51 AM] mhendra: Have any of you connected this interactive notebook idea with art journaling?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:51 AM] dogtrax: We’re really trying to connect the teaching of writing more with the science and math areas. These interactive notebooks are one way to make those connections more visible, and revamping the idea of what a notebook is.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:53 AM] Susan Molnar: When you guys get a dedicated space up for lessons let me know, we just finished a project with our kids doing arduino driven Led matrices that I think has a lot of things that will be very related
[Dec 6 2013, 12:53 AM] dogtrax: This is one of those ideas that is best shown to teachers by having them playing with the notebooks in PD. It’s strength would be in hands-on with teachers, and then let them come up with ideas for the classroom. (prob lots of ideas not even thought about right now, if I know teachers)
[Dec 6 2013, 12:54 AM] dogtrax: Darn. The hangout hung up. Is that just me?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:54 AM] Jennifer_Dick: Yes, to all of this. The online collaboration across sites & practitioners is essential!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:54 AM] edinnovator: we’ve been having technical difficulties, kevin
[Dec 6 2013, 12:54 AM] edinnovator: sorry about that
[Dec 6 2013, 12:54 AM] vperson: I agree @dogtrax. Hands-on experience and then the ideas would flow. Hangout just went off.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:55 AM] Susan Molnar: If the people who are on this call are logged in through facebook maybe we can start a facebook group until we have an official site?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:55 AM] edinnovator: If anyone would like to followup, please feel free to email us. You can ping me at: poh at nwp dot org
[Dec 6 2013, 12:56 AM] Kathryn Blades: @Susan I like the idea of a facebook group
[Dec 6 2013, 12:56 AM] dogtrax: It seems to me that there is very exciting “cool factor” (I felt it when David handed me a few of the notebooks at NWP) and it will be helpful down the line to have examples from the classroom. A summer camp for middle school would a perfect pilot space, I think.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:57 AM] mhendra: Thanks so much for the ideas! Amazing to see the artwork and notebooks of paper circuitry.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:57 AM] Kathryn Blades: This has been very “enlightening” and wonderful. Thank you
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] vperson: Awesome. I feel like it’s the tip of the iceberg and want more. Really want to try it myself.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] Susan Molnar: if anybody wants to start a working group on facebook, please go ahead and friend me
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] Kathryn Blades: Me too
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] dogtrax: I wish I had been able to come at the start but I was busy watching Rudolph with my son … you know, priorities. But that red nose? It lit up!
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] Susan Molnar: I can’t wait till these come out the stickers open up another world
[Dec 6 2013, 12:58 AM] Susan Molnar: there is a sparkfun product called “squishy circuits” that is similar but I think these are a lot easier
[Dec 6 2013, 12:59 AM] dogtrax: I am not on Facebook but you all should go ahead.
[Dec 6 2013, 12:59 AM] Kathryn Blades: @Susan Are you from Michigan?
[Dec 6 2013, 12:59 AM] Susan Molnar: the concepts learned in them can also be transfered into using a makey makey which is a good crossover into physical coding
[Dec 6 2013, 12:59 AM] Susan Molnar: no, I’m based in South Carolina at the moment
[Dec 6 2013, 12:59 AM] Kathryn Blades: Ok. Then I have the wrong person on FB
[Dec 6 2013, 1:00 AM] Susan Molnar: dogtrax, the facebook working group is just an idea until there is another forum
[Dec 6 2013, 1:00 AM] vperson: what is a makey makey
[Dec 6 2013, 1:00 AM] Susan Molnar: let me find it, its another amazing brainchild of MIT researchers
[Dec 6 2013, 1:00 AM] Susan Molnar: it makes anything that is conductive into a computer key
[Dec 6 2013, 1:00 AM] dogtrax: Makey Makey — http://www.makeymakey.com/ — just got my first kit this week but haven’t had time to try it out
[Dec 6 2013, 1:01 AM] Susan Molnar: so… brings things from the notebook into the physical world on a larger scale, its really fun
[Dec 6 2013, 1:01 AM] Susan Molnar: thanks for the link dogtrax 🙂
[Dec 6 2013, 1:01 AM] dogtrax: Sure.
[Dec 6 2013, 1:01 AM] dogtrax: Gotta run. Go out and make something … 🙂
[Dec 6 2013, 1:01 AM] vperson: Thanks, guys. Looking forward to digging into this and exploring. I’m signing off. Sound of Music live musical with Carrie Underwood has just come on. A must-see for me.
[Dec 6 2013, 1:02 AM] edinnovator: Thanks, all. This was great! Have a great night.
[Dec 6 2013, 1:03 AM] Susan Molnar: Thanks for having this! so awesome
[Dec 6 2013, 1:03 AM] Kathryn Blades: Thank you again

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