Monday, March 28, 2016

3-D Printing is making major technological advances in classrooms!

After a normal school day, a teacher and his two sons watch a 3-D printer like we once watched the microwave oven...with awe and wonder at this new, incredible invention! 3-D printers are not brand new, but the price of them is now going down so more people and schools are able to afford them.

3-D printing is a process where solid objects are created one layer after another from a single digital file.  An individual starts the process by designing an object on a with a 3-D modeling program or downloads a modifiable 3-D template from sites such as YouMagine, CubeHero, Instructables, Cubehero, communities, etc.

Students can make speakers for ipods, learn about aerodynamics by printing original toy drag racers, learn math and 3-D visualization, and print replacement parts for robots.

3-D printing has the potential for much more! Biobots say that some computers can print human tissues.  That seems hard to believe, but they have put that out there.  Parts of planes are being printed by 3-D printers and in China 10 houses are being printed each day!

Our students are learning the principles of design through the use of 3-D printing.  This is just the beginning for 3-D printing.  In the next few years as the prices of the printers keeps going down we will see more use of them in the classroom.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Guest Post from Caroline's Husband Troy

Hello! My name is Troy. I am Caroline's husband. She is almost finished with school and will graduate in December and to say the least is stressed out over school work most of the time.  We have twin girls so when she is not taking care of our family or doing school work or house work that leaves her very little free time for herself so it is easy to understand why she would be stressed out.  She is an older student and this computer class is not easy for her.  She has told me it must be easier for the younger students in the class that have more technological experience.  She is completing her fieldwork at the school at the present moment so she has to be at the school early in the morning and is often up late at night attempting to complete her online assignments.

Caroline is excited about graduating in December.  She has worked long and hard for this degree and I couldn't be any more proud of her than I am.  It has been her dream to be a special education teacher and I know that she will be a great one! The children will be very lucky to have her as a teacher.  She is patient, kind, and full of encouragement.  If anyone knows that persistence and dedication can get you what you want it is my wife.  She does not have the word "surrender" in her vocabulary and will push her students to succeed.  She pushes our children to pursue their dreams and she will encourage her students as well.