ACTIVITY #3 - Reflecting on the Tool
I am a very big fan of this tool to help students learn about circuits using the constructivist approach to learning. I remember learning about circuits in when I was in high school and from what I recall it was mostly using or drawing diagrams of the circuits and various components to demonstrate how the circuits work. I’m not sure if it was for budget reasons or not but we never had the opportunity to work with our hands to experience how to actually make working circuits and different combinations. It was very unfortunate because the learning experience was so limiting when you can’t actually see the circuit work and not actually seeing the real components that make up the circuit it’s kind of hard to really imagine how all these pieces fit together to make a working circuit. On top of that, if you made a mistake you don’t really have the opportunity to experiment and try to figure out if it worked or not because you’re kind of stuck working on the theory behind the concepts so you’re not really constructing or experiencing that construction of knowledge that you would have by working with your hands and conducting tests based on theories and diagrams to see how and why it work or didn’t work. This is where Chibitronics is so valuable in my opinion to help with understanding circuits and not just knowing how to replicate a diagram of a working circuit.