The makerspace and design lab on the Founders Campus of the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School is part of the third phase of innovation (not renovation), happening over the 2015 summer. Part of that innovation will include re-imaging the computers that will serve that space for learners.
Sharing the software that the computers will be refreshed with might prove useful to other educators, so I thought I would post it here so that it would be available to others. Plus, more suggestions might get offered in the comments section #winforeveryone
But first, a few important notes:
- The machines that will be found in the makerspace will be used MacBooks that are part of the school’s laptop refresh cycle – 20 of the middle school teachers’ laptops are expected to get a second life in studio.
- There will be dedicated machines with application specific software in the space, like for a CNC machine or laser cutter, that will not be installed on every machine. The list below is for what will be requested for installation on each of the student machines.
- The space will primarily serve a K-6 student base, but opportunities for 7-12 and adult learners to use the space are available, and software for that as such.
- This list could not have been generated without the input of my colleagues Josh Burker, Lisa Palmieri, Steve Ransom, and Jeremy Sambuca. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and experiences.
- Many ideas, but not all of them, were taken from Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager’s book, Invent to Learn. They have generously created a webpage dedicated to resources from their book. Thank you so much for putting this in one easy to find place.
Now, on to the list…
- Ardublocks – block-based programming for Arduino
- Arduino IDE – write and upload code to Aurdino microcontrollers
- Audacity – audio recording software
- Chrome – internet browser
- flip4mac – converts Windows media to Quicktime and iOS media
- Fritzing – prototype electronics ideas and create your own printed circuit boards
- GarageBand for Mac – music making on the Mac
- Glowdoodle – playful light recorder
- iMovie for Mac – movie making on the Mac
- Inkscape – vector graphics editing tool that helps convert 2D files for use in 3D modelers
- iStopMotion – stop motion movie creation
- MmmTsss – playful recorder for looping sounds
- Paintbrush – digital drawing software
- Processing – programming language with an emphasis on visual literacy
- Scratch 1.4 – MIT’s downloadable block-based programming tool for learning to program
- Skanect – 3D scanning software
- Sketchup – 3D modeling software
- Soundplant – turn your computer keyboard into a instrument with drag and drop
- TurtleArt – block-based introductory programming software, similar to LOGO
- Windows Office for Mac – office application suite – word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations
This list will certainly change once the design space gets into the thick of the school year. As those changes take place, I will update this list… for my reference, and yours! :-)
And if you have any suggestions that I may have missed, or new ones that have just come out, please share them in the comments below. Thanks in advance!
Images in this post, but not shown in the Image Credits section, are my own.