I have always wanted to use makey makey, but it was too complicated for me. So I had an ingenious idea. I got a makey makey and called on some members of the computer club to help me out. The school’s computer club is an award winning team. They won a Westchester County competition among high schools for best app developed ( http://bit.ly/2wWpqE1 ). Surprisingly, none of the scholars had ever used a make make or knew what it was. However, they quickly figured it out and set it up.
The boys found there were drums or keyboard make make options. Other scholars in the library were intrigued seeing them play bananas and having musical sounds emit.Some scholars determined rather than bananas, human arms could be used to emit musical sounds when touched by the student holding the main wire. They said as long as it conducts electricity it will work!
Since I am trying to instill a culture of innovation and creativeness in the library, I left the makey makey attached to my laptop on the first table in the library. I ask all scholars to sign in (for an advocacy report) when they arrive and the makey makey is the next thing they see after sign in.
Word travels quickly. The makey makey quickly became an object of interest and even though I don’t put it out every day, I do have students come in asking me for the banana keyboard. They just want to try it out.
One of the best things about the library is many different scholars come through its doors. Having something new and experimental facilitates children learning or trying something they might normally have not tried because it was not a class they would take or their friends might not be in a certain club that does it.