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LEGO My Learning

LEGO bricks have the potential to impact learning across the content areas and in ways that go well beyond creating scale models of famous structures. Digital storytelling, science and language, design and empathy, this collection features tools and ideas to push the brick boundaries and infuse meaningful play in the middle and high school classrooms.
A Collection By Dan Ryder
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LEGO My Learning
  • Dan Ryder says:
    With a steeper learning curve than one might expect from LEGO, this proves an excellent digital design tool for middle and high school students. For more ambitious folks, the tool makes it possible to determine which bricks one might need to make their design a reality.
  • Build with Chrome

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    buildwithchrome.com
    Dan Ryder says:
    Build with Chrome is an official design app from LEGO; it provides a browser-based, much simplified alternative to the LEGO digital designer. While it requires a log-in to save work, there are tutorials and challenges and a gallery to showcase creations.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Just as LEGO films needn't always be narrative, they needn't always be animated. Here a student demonstrates the value of purposeful LEGO minifigure casting, set design, and photography to capture his understanding of an epic poem. Editing plays a key role in this film's success, as well.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    LEGO animations need not always be narrative; they may also be instructive and procedural. This is a fine example of how students might express declarative knowledge through animation.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Only three minutes long and full of incredibly practical tips for making stop-motion LEGO films. Following the suggestions of the filmmaker -- minus the need for an expensive camera -- provides an excellent pathway to creating a DIY classroom animation studio.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Step-by-step instructions on how to install a DIY LEGO bulletin board for the classroom. The precise measurements and materials list has been included, making it much the easier to picture its application. Installing such a board could be combined with the other LEGO ideas captured in this collection.
  • Dan Ryder says:
    Another list, though one featuring specific STEM and English implications including chemistry and argument structure. Tweets and illustrations are including making it much the easier easier to visualize how one might put these ideas to use and to follow up with the originator.
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    12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom

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    Dan Ryder says:
    Staying true to the article's title, author Kristen Hicks cites several unique approaches to using LEGO bricks in the classroom. Teaching symmetry and patterns, coding, and city planning are amongst those listed. Several links are included to explore further.
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