Sometimes it isn't easy to incorporate new technologies. 3D printing is an amazing technology but it requires some challenges that need to be consider to have a successful learning experience.
Research on Plastics Project
We met to create a timeline that would enable our students to research and create with plastic.
We introduced different tools each week. Week 1 the focus was on research so we used Board Builder with Discovery Education as the tool to have students document their questions and research but also it had the flexibility to add the 3D design and creation documentation too. When choosing a 3D design tool, we limited student choice but chose a tool that would allow them to customize and make the design their own. I chose Crafternoons and asked that students design a bracelet, ring, or tag to ensure a design that would print successfully and in a timely manner.
Make sure that your schedule builds in enough time for students to play. We chose to have students create two designs and print each design so that they could learn from their first design. This is also why we chose a more limited option of bracelet, ring, or tag because this is the first time that many of our students have seen a 3D printer print.
Document the joy... the work... and the learning