Sunday, March 27, 2016

3-D Printing You Say ?! NO WAY!

Welcome back & thank you for continuing to keep up with my blog!

So, I'm pretty excited about this weeks topic, 3-D printing!
3-D printing is a imaginative and innovative way to create objects right from your home! Or from wherever you can access one, as they can be a bit pricey. There are many different versions and each one may have a few different features, and use different software, but they all pretty much have the same goal...to make magic happen!
But seriously, some of you may be wondering what in the world I'm talking about, don't worry, I was in that same boat when the topic first reached me. But to summarize just how awesome this new technology is, here's how it works. A person can either use a software to uploaded an object onto a computer or a 3-D scanner (crazy, huh?) to scan in an object to the computer, that would then go to the 3-D printer, where it would start creating this masterpiece. It does so by using  building and supporting material, similar to ink in a regular printer, that dispenses as needed in a layering form to build the object from the bottom to the top. These objects can range anywhere from a toy dinosaur to a globe, which is why I get so excited talking about 3-D printing.

Stay with me here. Imagine a classroom where anything you needed to teach a lesson, was at your fingertips. I mean, think about it. You want to do a lesson in geography but never thought to buy a globe, so you go on over to your 3-D printer, put in your design, and BAM! You have a globe! Think about how useful this could be in so many classrooms at so many levels. One scenario that comes to mind is a biology class. In both high school and college, how useful it would have been to be able to create cell structures or organs with a few clicks of a button. Kinesthetic learners would have the equal opportunities at learning as do visual and auditory learners. Teachers often instruct by speaking and giving examples or providing text and pointing out key notes both verbally and on a board or presentation, but not nearly as often are teachers able to provide the students with something they can hold to truly grasp the lesson.
I believe that having this technology on hand can greatly inspire both students and teachers to be creative, engaged, and assist in their learning and teaching experience. From counting blocks to the skeletal system, institutions would be able to provide access to some of the most useful and necessary learning tools at the drop of a hat!

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