Last month I was challenged on Twitter to create a Makey Makey version of this informal bathroom rating system, but as a digital exit ticket for teachers.
I created two systems, one for teachers as an exit ticket and one for librarian’s as a data tracker.
Read the whole post about this fun project over on the Makey Makey blog. And if you just want to look at a guide to make your own, you can go here to find the details on making it!
It was super fun to be randomly challenged to make something! What should I make next?
Since I started at JoyLabz creating content, I’ve been super busy! I wanted to post some of the resources I’ve made.
Gigantic Makey Makey
One of my most favorite things I’ve made in the last month is this gigantic playable Makey Makey. I can’t believe I never thought to make one before! I saw an example by Jen Gilbert at ISTE and another on the Makey Makey Educators Facebook group by Jason Quail of Amazeum. I just knew this had to be my first tutorial now that I’m part of the Joy Labz team. Find the Instructables here.
Controlling a Mouse Click in Scratch
This was a quick and short tutorial in controlling a mouse click in Scratch! The full guide is here.
Simple Circuits Challenge – Updated
I’ve learned a lot about electronics and circuits since I wrote the lessons for Makey Makey in 2015. So I’ve decided to update each lesson. It was really fun to update this simple circuit lesson and think about how I can push students and teachers to get inventive with materials.
Kid Friendly Alligator Clips
I’ve been sitting on this idea for awhile! It was fun to share this simple hack about how to make a kid-friendly alligator clip with a clothespin.
All ya need is a clothespin and some conductive tape!
Hack #1: Here is the full video of how to make one.
Hack #2: This hack uses a clothespin to make a conductivity tester. You actually wire EARTH and a key press on one clothespin for this one. The full lesson idea is in Labz and includes a Scratch game and both clothespin hacks.
Micro:bit and Makey Makey
I always think mashing up resources makes more sense than choosing one over the other. So I decided to challenge myself to use Micro:bit and Makey Makey together. Thanks to Scratch 3, I was able to control the Micro:bit with Makey Makey and bananas !
Getting started with Physical Computing
Last but most definitely not least! I was able to spend an hour with my good buddy Mark Schreiber talking about physical computing. I ended up writing one massive blog post of resources. You can find that here.
I’ve been working on a lot! But will always take suggestions and make your suggestions if it makes sense! What Makey Makey resources are you wishing for?