This week the contacts consisted of everyone in the class presenting their ideas. My idea was a patch that children can wear to monitor their volume in situations where they require to be quiet and respectful of others. After listening to everyone's idea, we created themes based off those ideas. There was a common theme around health and fitness but the class worked to break down the themes into their underlying themes.
How it Relates
Whist I was listening to others present their idea, I realized that my idea focused heavily on positive and negative reinforcements in the form of a visual representation. Due to my target audience (children) this was an easy learning experiment for them. Whilst growing up, children typically need to learn certain actions and words are appropriate or unacceptable. This was not a common theme among the class, with most people focusing on ideas that they could directly relate to.
Work to Do
Next week we will be participating in a World Cafe which we seem to dive further into our interests and then get grouped with others with the same interests. Until the next contact, I hope to look into the themes created and a further look into my peers blog posts to grasp a deeper understanding of the themes that are emerging. I want to start already thinking about themes that interest me so I have a clearer mindset headed into the World Cafe.
Work that Inspired/Interested Me
I enjoyed the idea of positive and negative reinforcement as a basic way of learning. I use this method with my dogs and it also works well with children. My nieces often don't understand when they can and cannot talk and how loud they're being. They either talk over the top of someone or don't use their inside voice. They were my main inspiration for my idea.
Whilst listening to other classmates' ideas, it was fun to think about alterations or additions that could be made to some ideas or could be added to my own idea.