3D Printers Add a New Dimension to Classrooms When Ron Smith first saw a 3D printer in action, he knew the device belonged in his Engineering and Metal Fabrication program at Nestucca Junior/Senior High School in Cloverdale, Ore. The technology could guide students all the way through the manufacturing process — from concept to completion — and reward them with an object they could hold in their hands. But it wasn’t until Smith had an Afinia 3D printer in his classroom that he realized its value as an educational tool. Computer-assisted design (CAD) software by itself is great, he says. But being able to bring those designs to life with a 3D printer adds a whole new dimension to the student experience. “Motivating students is one of the biggest jobs in teaching,” Smith says.
SETDA - Case Studies 2012 Under current and prior incarnations of the the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), Congress granted the U.S. Department of Education specific responsibility to support states and school districts to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology. In 2010, the Obama Administration released its blueprint for the reauthorization of ESEA and in parallel ceased requesting federal budget support for educational technology programs in continuous operation since 1994.
A round-up of time-lining tools Timelines are a perfect tool for inquiry projects. They force students to see contexts; to make critical decisions about relative importance; to make connections among people, events and movements; to visualize history and processes; to discover patterns and sequences; to examine cause and effect; and to juxtapose content from across disciplines and media. We now have a seriously growing array of tools to help us build timelines with learners to support that kind of mind work. History in Motion: Founder Paul Cashman describes his goals as:
Free Reading Teaching Resources From FreeReading A structure to support literacy development The week-by-week structure outlined below provides educators with guidance on how FreeReading activities and resources may be used to support intervention for students who are developing their literacy skills. How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique. Makerspaces and Un-Makerspaces
Examples of Technology Integration with Young Children Key Messages When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children. DocsTeach Turn your students into historians with primary-source based activities. Provide them the unique web address for an activity, or compile a Classroom full of activities. Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills. Smithsonian Lesson Plans Smithsonian Resources Smithsonian Music Did you know that the Smithsonian’s combined musical resources constitute the world’s largest museum of music? Music is an integral part of the Smithsonian’s connective tissue, spanning a remarkable number and diversity of collections, programs and exhibitions. Visit this site, created for the 2019 Year of Music, to tap into the Smithsonian’s bounty of educational resources, music videos, collection spotlights and more. The Look of the Listen: The Cover Art of Folkways Records From 1948 to 1986, Folkways Records produced over 2,000 recordings of remarkable breadth and diversity.
Useful Tools Students Can Use to Create 3D Models (Work on Chromebooks too) January 21, 2015 Below are two useful tools you can use with your students to create 3D models on the cloud. You do not need to download any software, the tools are web-based and, best of all, work on Chromebooks so those of you teaching with Chromebooks will find them handy. 1- Design Something This is an application for 3D modeling which works on both Chrome and Firefox.
Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, “Just Google it,” when asked to describe the meaning of life? Research shows that students primarily use one search engine and then only look at the first page of results.