3D printed LED mounts.

February 26, 2015

Classroom Noise Meter | 3D Printing in the Classroom

At the beginning of the year my school district adopted a new program for classroom management. I’m not sure if we have ever had a district-wide program for that, but we do now. A new program means new training, and we had a few meetings about our new program. Here’s a link to a description […]

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This is what the file of the microscope looks like on the computer.

February 19, 2015

First Original Microscope | 3D Printing in the Classroom

I introduced the microscope project to my class some time ago and I was really excited about it. That project has languished due to other pressing projects. However, we have not given up and I am happy to report that we have printed our first original microscope. Of course, you rarely get it right on […]

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Putting the R.I.F.F. together.

February 12, 2015

It’s All About the Process | Arduino in the Classroom

Last week my class completed it’s first successful Arduino projects. I have another project that is brewing. It is still a few weeks away though, in the meantime I have asked my student to capture her process. The Educreation video below is what she came up with. I think it is fantastic. Unfortunately, this student is […]

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The first Arduino project from my class. This project was taken from Sylvia's Super Awesome Project Book.

February 5, 2015

First Arduino Project

Before school started this year I got my hands on a few Arduino kits. I have been eager to introduce them to my students but really haven’t had the time. This last week I was finally able to get it into the hands of one of my students. I picked up a copy of Sylvia’s […]

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Students were able to take a picture and upload their research without losing any of it.

January 28, 2015

Digital Fluency in the Classroom

I hear the term digital fluency tossed around in education technology on a regular basis. Many people think it means kids know a lot of different programs on the computer. As I watched my students work today I was reminded about how it is much more than just knowing how different programs work. When a […]

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3D Printed Socket Wrench

January 10, 2015

3D Printing In Space and In the Classroom

This has been a really fun week with regard to education technology in my classroom. It was just one of those weeks where things have fallen together. It started with Wednesday’s writing prompt in which I asked the students which tools they would bring with them if they were going to be spending time on a space station. They […]

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Invention Journal

January 1, 2015

Future Engineers

HOW DID I MISS THIS!? I’ve mentioned before how I am excited to download and print the files that have been printed on the International Space Station. I was looking for the site where the files will eventually be available again when I came across Future Engineers. The website introduces a contest for students in K-12 […]

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December 23, 2014

3D Printed Microscopes Lesson Plan

A couple of weeks ago I introduced a project to my 4th grade students on 3D printing microscopes. It has been a fun experience, but we became side tracked with other projects and winter break. I gave it some thought and decided to make it more of a formal lesson in order to get it […]

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December 18, 2014

“Frozen Fractals All Around”| 3D Printing in the Classroom

We are in the last week of school before winter break and my students are ready for it. Let’s be honest, so am I. The week before any break is always an interesting time. This week we have taken a trip to the ballet to watch a couple of our students perform in The Nutcracker, […]

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Our model of the Voyager Space Probe.

December 10, 2014

3D Printing the Voyager Probe

For the last few years I have been reading a book to my class called Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley. It’s a good story about a boy who is really interested in space and struggles with losing his father in the Vietnam War. I probably like it even more because I have many connections […]

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