3D Printing

How can 3D printing change the way we think about education?

3D printing brings actual artifacts into the classroom, making lessons more interactive. Students are able to build knowledge by seeing a model, as well as by touching, using, or manipulating an example of what they are learning. This can make learning more meaningful and fun. Students are often more interested and engaged when working with more stimuli than just a textbook (3D, 2017).

Historical artifact, specialty maps (ex. topography), cooking molds, prototypes, models of molecules, cells, virus, and organs, math scale models, and floor plans, are all examples of how 3D printing can be used in education (10 ways, 2013). For more ideas visit this article, Why 3D Printing Needs to Take Off in Schools Around the World, at 3D print.com. It gives multiple ideas, as well as links to videos and examples. (Krassenstein). Another great resource for teachers who need lesson ideas comes from Thingiverse, where they have lessons for all grades and subjects. They also have start up videos to help those who are not sure how to begin.

Some argue that there isn’t much that can’t be done by 3D printers. The limit to what can be accomplished is only in our ability to imagine uses for them. Areas of study already benefiting from this technology are medicine, science,  and vocational courses (Federico-OMurchu, 2014). 3D printing can make education more interesting and engaging.

3D printing sounds very interesting and could definitely work with some lessons; however, it seems like an expensive new addition to the classroom. It would be nice to have something for students to manipulate, but for the Language Arts classroom it doesn’t seem to be as beneficial as it would be in the sciences and social studies. I do, however, find it a fascinating idea. In fact, I keep thinking about the idea of printing food and human organs. I just can’t wrap my mind around some of the things that can be printed, nor how I feel about it.

10 ways 3D printing can be used in education. Teachthought, (2013, February 19). Retrieved June 19, 2017, from http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/technology/10-ways-3d-printing-can-be-used-in-education/

3D Printers for schools, universities & education| Leapfrog 3D Printers. (2017). Retrieved June 19, 2017, from https://www.lpfrg.com/en/professionals/education/

Federico-OMurchu, L. (2014, May 12). How 3-D printing will radically change the world. CNBC, Retrieved June 19, 2017, from http://www.cnbc.com/2014/05/09/will-3-d-technology-radically-change-the-world.html

Krassenstein, E. (2014, December 21). Why 3D Printing Needs to Take Off in Schools Around the World. Retrieved June 19, 2017, from https://3dprint.com/27743/3d-printing-benefits-schools/

3 thoughts on “3D Printing”

  1. I’m glad you brought up the historical artifact point. It was something that struck me and I had intended to bring into my blog, but it never happened. With 3D printing, we can create things, replicas, of items that would otherwise be difficult to have in class. One great example was fossils. I thought that was wonderful.
    Your point about using it LA has had me thinking too. I was wondering if it could be used in conjunction with good old arts and crafts in order to create more real to life puppet shows when reading Shakespeare. Students could help with acting out the scenes with figures and backgrounds. Maybe something like that?

    1. That’s a great idea. Next year I am teaching Romeo and Juliet. Maybe we could use it in conjunction with the acting project they have.

  2. Yes, there are some good things about 3d printing and how it might be used to teach, but it might be limited in language arts.

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