I'm ashamed to admit that it took me six months before I feel that I truly created with our 3D printer. I worked with students to help them create using Tinkercad, Blokify, Charmr, and Radiant Li but I never created myself. I was content to watch others, print the designs, and help look at the mistakes but I didn't create. The very premise that I wanted to encourage with my students I failed to do. Imagine, Create, Play, Share, Reflect, Imagine
Why didn't I create? Was I too busy? Was I afraid to fail? I would like to pretend that I was too busy but honestly I could have made time. It was more that I was afraid to fail because that is exactly what I did. I watched this really amazing video about a young man who was teaching his friends how to create keychains and it inspired me to finally create too.
Tinkercad is extremely simple to use. In my design, I used a rectangular prism and stamped letters into it to create the keychain. I learned that I needed to understand what measurements really mean as my keychain was much larger than anyone would desire. But I failed and it made me imagine again what I needed to do to create what I wanted. I also found that because the letters were stamped through, some of the fragile parts fell off so the design that I had imagined needed to be modified. My keychain is now attached to my iPad Mini and it gives me great pride to see what I created even if it wasn't what I imagined.
Sometimes there are lessons that you learn in your journey to try new technology that you wish you would have known sooner. Here are just a few that I have learned in the last 6 months in regards to 3D printing.
Lesson 1 - Consume to Create
Lesson 2 - Connect with your Community
One of the most powerful resources you have when learning and using new technology is the community around you. You don't know who you have around you in your community if you don't reach out. I found an amazing resource in Radiant Fabrication and Nathan Patterson, one of the owners of the company. By teaming with someone more knowledgeable, I was able to implement our 3D printer in ways that I wouldn't have thought of.
Lesson 3 - Resources
We have been very fortunate to obtain many of the materials that our students are using through grants from our community. Please consider choosing to donate specific materials for our SP Design Lab through our Amazon Wishlist. Thank you for helping support our students.
When I was younger, I loved reading Choose Your Own Adventure books. Being able to decide which path I would take made me read the same story several times. Today I learned about Inklewriter, a Web 2.0 tool, that allows anyone to author their own Choose Your Own Adventure. Another wonderful tool to create and make! Click on the image above to read my Minecraft Adventure. It was fun to combine writing with Minecraft. See if you can survive the adventure!
Who doesn't like puppets? Meet Conni Mulligan, our DEN guru and expert in how to integrate puppetry into the learning environment. Conni's passion for puppetry is infectious and the ways that she integrates puppets in storytelling and giving students voice.
At the DENovator Faire, Conni shared a wonderful way to create puppets. Her area was three people deep at all times. Check out her youtube tutorial as well as her website to learn about the power of puppetry as a medium for student voice and creation.
Meet Kate... she is the creator queen. Last year she introduced and dazzled other educators throughout the USA and Canada with her making ability. She quickly inspired so many of us to return to our younger years where we played with hula hoops... but she took it one step further. She helped us to create hula hoops! This year was no different. Kate shared her Hula Hoop talent at the DENovator Faire. Check out these awesome video tutorials that she used to teach herself and others about how to create hula hoops. Though she didn't claim to create the hula hoop videos, she did share them with our learning making community.