WikiSeat Project

An LHS 2.0 Learning Unit


In collaboration with a variety of resources, students will design and construct at WikiSeat based on the WikiSeat "Catalyst".  This project will be shared with the local and online communities.

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Learning Objectives

Students will acquire an understanding of the learning process (identify problem-design solution-research-draft-revise-solve) as it applies both to WikiSeat construction and life-long learning practices.

Students will collaborate with one another, community members, teachers, and craft professionals in relation to their WikiSeat construction process.

Students will demonstrate principles of design and apply these principles to their role as learners.

Students will research and participate in MAKER culture.

Student will research and employ The 16 Habits of Mind.

Students will research and participate in the open-source movement, with particular emphasis on the benefits and possibilities associated with shared learning within a community.

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Teaching Objectives

Teachers will work collaboratively with students towards accomplishing unit goal.

Teacher will employ inquiry-based pedagogy.

Teachers will use 21st century tools in an effort to develop a wider learning community, provide access to key resources, and to model the acquisition of needed skills and learning frameworks.

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Common core 10th Grade Language Arts standards and the wikiseat project

10.RIT.1 – wikiseat manifesto

10.RIT.2 – American scholar / Self-Reliance discusssions

10.RIT.3 - American scholar / Self-Reliance discusssions

10.RIT.6 - American scholar / Self-Reliance discusssions

10.RIT.9 - American scholar / Self-Reliance/Civil Disobedience/Leaves of Grass

10.W.2 – wikiseat manifesto

10.W.4 – Journals

10.W.5 – Revisions on Journal assignments.

10.W.9 – Wikiseat manifesto




Background Resources

mark frauenfeder, tedx brussels, “Makers” -

jay silver, tedx santa cruz “World as Construction Kit” -

marcin jakubowski - Tedtalk - “open source blueprints for civilization”


This section outlines the large-frame procedure of the project.  It is understood that each step will involve a myriad of sub-steps, independent tangents, and revisions.

1.  Introduce design concepts.

        - What makes a cup a cup?

        - Form & Function

2.  Introduce static vs. growth mindsets in education

3.  examine the experiential learning model.

4.  Wikiseat project info

        - building a chair is something that none of us is probably good at, or have done before.  we are going to display a growth mindset as we go about designing our own wikiseats.

        - the “catalyst” - either have students start way early and work on getting someone to make them for us OR have them already made and simply hand them to each student.

5.  Early stages of project - create models (sketchup), consider form and function, make predictions, collaborate with crafts people, gather materials, prototypes, etc.

6.  seat building - class becomes a workshop.  auxillary readings, videos, etc. (meta)  significance of documentation (video, instructions, etc.)

7.  create seat gallery - share work, extract lessons learned, reflect, publish results.


The final project will be assessed according to the following self-evident assessment method, “Can you sit in it?”

Students will be responsible for creating instructions for making the seat, documentation of the entire process, an artists statement for use in our WikiSeat gallery, and a reflection on the learning process as exemplified by student work on the project.

Formative assessment will be continuous and will engage students, teachers, and community members in the process.