In class on February 27, 2018, we focused on planning a lesson related to history/social studies using historical artifacts we created with the digital fabricator. My group decided to focus on early colonial events to help students understand the order in which the events took place and how much time was between the events. Using the digital fabricator, we created visuals of North and South America to represent Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas in 1492, Virginia to represent the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, the Mayflower to represent the Pilgrims arriving to the New World in 1620, the Boston Harbor to represent the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and the Declaration of Independence to represent its ratification in 1776. On each of the artifacts, we cut out the dates in order to create a visual for students to determine the order in which they took place. Our lesson would start out with having the students create a timeline on the walls around the classroom, especially focusing on mathematically spacing them out in order to understand how much time took place between the events. After the students create the timeline, they would be asked to draw a picture of something that they associate with the event—a person, a place, or something significant that occurred. The content of this particular lesson would be colonial events, the pedagogy would be using the timeline to teach concepts of chronological order and time in between events, and the technology would be the artifacts and rulers to measure the distance between the events. Integrating student-created art, as well as the artifacts created with the digital fabricator would be especially helpful in terms of allowing students to have visual representations to remember important events.
Attached is a photo and the digital files of the artifacts.