Thinkering Studio Project Ideas

Definition:
  • "The word technology comes from the Greek. It is comprised of two parts: "techne," meaning an art or skill, and "logia" meaning the systematic study of an idea (Oxford English Dictionary, 1989). Thus the word technology originally meant the systematic study of an art or skill." Shoffner, Jones, and Harmon

Competitions


Project Idea Sites


Animation


"Art"


Audio

  • See Music below
  • Learn to create and record sound fx

Augmented Reality

(and QR Codes - see below)

Blogging

  • Blogging
    • App Reviews
    • Game Reviews
    • Movie Reviews
    • Music Reviews
    • All of the above - Student Reviews
  • Micro Blogging
  • Photo Blogging
  • Video Blogging
    • How about a weekly iOS tip show for students? - iFive
    • What about a weekly Minecraft tip show for noobs, advanced players, parents ...? - Minecraft Tutorials

Build A Computer


Crafting


Create your own "channel" to share a passion


Drawing/Painting


Electronics


Food


Game Design


Gaming


Gardening


Help A Teacher (no mundane projects allowed, think Epic!)

  • Create learning resources for classmates or younger students
  • Curate resources related to curricular topics

Infographics


Internet Safety

  • Create a blog collecting and commenting on internet safety resources
  • Create a PSA on a particular aspect of internet safety
  • Start a campaign to educate and get classmates to stop cyberbullying
  • Combine with Internet Searching & Producing - NetSmart - use Howard Rheingold's book as a starting point for a student created media campaign (see Engage project page for more resources)

Internet Searching


LEGOS


Mini Maker Faire Projects (Kids Hack Day, DIY Day, Maker Day, etc.)

Build, Tweak/Hack, Share


Modern Language

  • Create a Pronunciation Portfolio
  • Create a set of flashcards and quizzes for a years worth of vocabulary and phrases or to review previous years' vocabulary
  • Gather resources (podcasts, flashcards, lessons, etc.) for the language you are already learning
  • Learn a new language

Music


Online Courses


Photography

  • Thinkering Studio Jumpstart - Digital Photography & Editing
  • Build, Learn Shoot - Bigshot Camera Kit
  • Digital Photography
    • Take an online or DVD based course
    • 3D
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography
  • Make your own iPhone or iPad microscope/camera - pdf & video
  • Photo Editing
  • Yearbook Photojournalism

Printing


Podcasting

  • Thinkering Studio Jumpstart - Audio Podcasting
  • Create and maintain an iTunes podcast channel on a topic that interests you
    • iTunes, & GarageBand (or other recording/editing software)

Presenting


Programming/Coding


Reading

  • Complete your R&E's using and of the technology tools mentioned on this page
  • Keep a reader's journal using a blog or wiki
  • Write reviews of books on Amazon, Audible, iTunes bookstore, etc.

Research/Experimentation


Robotics


Science


Screencasting

  • Create a howto wiki or wiki page on a technology of interest to you
  • Tools:

Videography


Web Design


Writing

  • Blog - see blogging section above
  • Create a poetry portfolio
  • Create a digital story
  • Make an informational wiki on a favorite topic
  • Write a novel, play, nonfiction book
  • Join the Digital Writers Guild and create a writing portfolio
  • Design an eBook (or iBook)

Other