Invention Key

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Think outside the boxWhat is it?

The Invention Key provides a scaffold for students to think creatively and to develop inventions which are constructed in an unusual manner.

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

The first step would be to outline the product , which would then lead into possible construction.

The second step is to brainstorm as many possible ideas to create the construction.

Thirdly, the student selects from the brainstormed list the construction mostly likely to succeed.

Finally, a plan is developed and the construction is undertaken.

For example: Invent some or all of the following:

  1. An eggshell peeler.
  2. A combination knife and fork.
  3. Devices which would – catch mosquitoes make your bed do the ironing comb your hair wake you up in the morning

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