This is an amazing project! It really makes the students feel important and valued. So many teachers do not care about their students, and don't understand what they actually do after school and are interested in. Maybe this is a way that teachers can become connected to the students. This video is also awesome to have the students use technology in a fun and meaningful way. They show us the technology they are using in every day life, and they use cameras and YouTube as well to report their videos. This could be used to allow the student's voice to be heard. They can share their thoughts, ideas, and their lives with everyone. What stresses the students, what makes them happy, how much time they spend on school...all of these could be used through this project to help teachers to engage their students better.
I love the ideas of project based learning! Tinkering school sounds amazing. Teaching the students the world through experiencing it is a beautiful way to look at teaching. Kids do struggle with time. I know my students always stress that they do not have time in their lives. No time for sports, no time for homework, no time for fun, no time for projects...Here, they are able to spend as much time as they want to tinker. This helps to reset their minds from what do I need to do, to what do I want to do. Students find success in the doing, and learn from their failures. This is something that is missing from traditional schools. The students are pushed to finish , and are graded harshly on their final products. Students need to be focused on skill building, and how they could revise their final products to be even better. The fun in learning needs to be in "learning", not in the grades received.