Three D Printers are exciting new technologies, but what are the best practices? Kelly Hines received a MakerBot 3D printer through a proposal she created on Donors Choose. The 3D printer has transformed her classroom in so many ways but is not as hard to use as you might think. In this episode of Every Classroom Matters, Kelly shares about costs and best practices for teaching with the 3D printer.
She’s partnering with a design classroom at the high school to create a powerful multi-age learning experience. This is one of the tools that I predict will be the big conversation at ISTE 2014. Personally, I’ll be making the final selections for one that someone has agreed to donate to my classroom for next year.
Show Notes Kelly Hines #59, How 3D Printers Opens New Possibilities for Project Based-Learning
Kelly Hines describes how she uses 3D printing with fifth grade students. Her students have become the experts for classroom visitors. The students develop skills in using 3D printing for charities and social change.
The students explain the printer as a glue gun which works with the MakerBot site. They also are using Block a Thought app which allows drag and drop building plans to print using the 3D printer. Kelly notes that the students don’t want jewelry or personal items printed, but are concerned with printing things like prosthetic hands for others.
The other thing that has been really neat to see is the level of social consciousness that they’ve developed. One of the first things that they saw on the MakerBot website was the man who printed a working prosthetic hand for his child…they said Mrs. Hines, we should MAKE one of those.Kelly Hines
Teacher, Greensboro North Carolina
She subsidizes the expense of the printer upkeep by collaborating with high school students who mentor her students in trade for use of the printer. She claims the MakerBot software makes it easy to use the 3D printer. She recommends such a printer for special and hands-on learners.
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