Tag: Maker Ed

October 22, 2014

Blue LEDs, Who Knew?

Sometimes curiosity is the best teacher. Admittedly, most of the time curiosity is a much better teacher than I am. However, understanding and using the curiosity of my students actually makes me a better teacher. If I can get my students curious about a topic and structure a lesson that gives them an opportunity to […]

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October 9, 2014

3D Printing in Third Grade | Feeling Successful

One of the best things about maker education or education technology is how they can push kids who are used to having school come easy to them to a place where they have to work. Nobody likes to be frustrated and too much frustration will make a person want to quit. But it is those […]

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September 25, 2014

3D Printing the Sonic Bloom

Last week a 3rd grade teacher (Ms. Klingel) popped into my classroom and told me she had an idea for a lesson. She was wondering if I would be willing to help incorporate 3D printing into the lesson. After a few minutes of figuring out what she wanted to do we had an idea for […]

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September 18, 2014

Design and Process: 3D Printing in the Classroom

After our first earbud holder was printed last week my students really got excited about making their own. It didn’t take long before the 3D printers were up and running, printing several earbud holders at once. This provided many learning opportunities for all of us. Using Cubify Draw for the first time, I really had […]

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September 11, 2014

First Print of the Year

It’s a new year, and I have chosen a new theme for my blog. I have also decided to write about more than just 3D printing in the classroom…maybe. I doubt I will vary too much from 3D printing in the classroom because it is so amazing, but I realized that last year I had […]

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3D Printing in the classroom

July 3, 2014

3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success

A short time ago I ¬†received my copy of The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success. I’m very excited for a number of reasons to have this on my summer reading list. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Thornburg and his lovely wife when I was at […]

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June 26, 2014

Lessons for 3D Printing in the Classroom

This last year was such a fantastic experience for me. I really enjoyed having 3D printing in my classroom. I’ve decided to start writing up some of my projects into lesson plans in hopes that other educators will find them useful. Most of the projects have been documented here in my blog, but this format […]

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3d Printing in the Classroom

June 19, 2014

Tinkering with the Past

I really enjoy professional collaboration. I recognize that I have only one perspective which can be greatly enhanced by another person’s ideas. My adventures in 3d printing in the classroom this year have provided me the opportunity to work with other teachers. One teacher is a colleague with whom I ¬†taught 4th grade for many […]

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3d printing in the classroom

June 12, 2014

A Year with 3D Printing in the Classroom

I have a couple of more 3D printing projects that I haven’t written about this year, but by the time this posts it will be the last day of school, and I feel like this would be the right time to reflect on what a year of 3D printing in the classroom was like. I […]

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3d printing in the classroom

June 5, 2014

3D Printing the Moon

A few years ago I had the opportunity to teach 3rd grade. One of my favorite units to teach was all about the Moon with an emphasis on understanding the phases of the Moon. Teaching the phases of the Moon is a perfect example of when a good model is necessary. My students and I […]

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