This school year, I am moving towards just regular App Smashes to Device Smashing with various devices and Apps together. Last night, I was talking with some wonderful educators through Teach like a Pirate Chat and Melanie Thompson and I were talking about Arduino. Arbuino is perfect for the Maker Classroom, similar to the Makey Makey, Arduino uses various devices that enhance learners through building. One that caught my attention in the early evening was Toot. An an interactive and sound-active toy designed for children aged between 3 and 6 years old that wants to enhance their auditory, music and language skills. It was developed by Federico Lameri as his thesis project of Master of Interaction Design at Supsi and prototyped using Arduino Leonardo. After watching the video with a student using sounds to assemble her Toot boxes like a puzzle I came up with a great Tech Smash using Toot, an iPad and Stick Around. For those who don’t know, when I was first getting into iPads for Education I was working with a Speech Pathologist on a regular basis. We were coming up with some great App uses on the iPad for language. In the last year, I have been involved using Phonics with our early elementary students. One of the Apps we love to use is Stick Around by creating puzzles around words and letters and then recording the Phonics through the stickers.
After seeing Toot, I came up with a great idea to combine all three into one. The first step is to give the lesson on Phonics using Stick Around. The students need to assemble their puzzles for the correct pronunciation with their words. Then after they complete the puzzle, they have to do the same with their Toot boxes. They then jumble up the boxes and have another student assemble them the correct way. Once they have correctly mastered both the Stick Around Puzzle and Toot Puzzle they will record the final assembly through an IOS device that they have successfully completed the assignment with the teacher. Its a great Tech Smash and one that early adaptors to the Maker Classroom can use. Try it today.