Maker Experiment #2


Updated My Story Sound Book

Objective:  To create a story with sound using the Makey Makey kits. 

Resources:  Makey Makey kits, Bare conductive paint pens, poster board (for book creation), markers, colored pencils, rulers, and iPad’s/computers with Internet access. 

Unit Idea:

1.  Students will be broken into small groups (2-3 students).  These groups will be determined randomly through a system such as picking Popsicle sticks.  This idea helps to promote the idea of bringing your strengths to the table. 

2.  The teacher will introduce the activity to the students.  As a part of this introduction, it may be helpful for the teacher to have a simple sample for the students to view.  It will be utterly important that the assignment handout has picture diagrams to help students with their creation.  Also, another idea would be to have the teacher demonstrating the creation of their personal book on YouTube. 

3.  The first activity the students would need to complete is a brainstorming.  In this brainstorming session the students will come up with the following: General story idea, illustration ideas, and sound ideas.  The teacher may want the students to look through their portfolio’s for examples of strong stories (what went in to writing them). 

4.  After the brainstorming is complete, the students will need to begin writing their stories (stories should be at a minimum 10 pages).  A good idea would be to have the students use a graphic organizer.  This organizer can be created and utilized in any fashion that works for the individuals in the group.  As they are writing their stories, the group should decide what six sounds they feel will best fit in the story (they will need to create a symbol for each sound they want represented in the story).  The writing process may take 2-4 days depending on the groups.

5.  After the groups have completed the writing process, the groups will need to create their illustrations.  There should be one illustration per page.  These illustrations may be hand drawn or they can be computer generated using sites like

6.  Next the students will need to create the sound board for their story.    To do this the students will need to take the Makey Makey kit and assign a sound to the keys WASDFG.  As an added resource, the students may use their iPad’s/computer with Internet access to watch YouTube videos about how to use the Makey Makey kit. 

7.  The class will create a rubric to grade/evaluate the sound books.

8.  Students will trade books with other groups and read the stories.
Each group will use the rubric to evaluate another groups story creation. 

9.  After the evaluation, students will have a chance to reexamine/reevaluate their books.  They can then make corrections, changes or additions to their books. 

UDL Reflection

At first I was overwhelmed when I saw the UDL reading for this week.  However, when I began reading I realized it was simply good teaching practice.  When I looked at my Maker Experiment #1 I found many ways that I had done a good job of incorporating the UDL guidelines.  For example, I created an activity that would appeal to students of all learning styles.  The students had the opportunity to draw, write, tinker with the kit, use the Internet, and maybe even be the group foreperson. 

One area I saw that I could improve upon is the idea of being more intentional.  Sometimes I feel that I do not do enough front loading for my classes.  By pushing me to create a sound book (and showing the steps on YouTube), it forces me to think about what exact steps need to be taken in order for the students to really be successful.  The Universal Design for Learning guidelines state “the UDL principles go deeper than merely focusing on physical access to the classroom; they focus on access to all aspects of learning” (2011).  I truly believe that this activity opens the classroom to all students.  They have the opportunity to shine in their areas of strength.  I would hope this would help students feel like they are truly being listened to when it comes to learning. 


CAST (2011).  Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0.  Wakefield, MA: Author

Toontastic.  (n.d.).  Retrieved August 8, 2013, from:



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