We listened, we learned and we're enhancing our 3D printing lessons to support existing and new members of our community!
Since launching PrintLab Classroom over a year ago, we made it our mission to not only support teachers with 3D printing, but to listen to them and to evolve our curriculum in line with their needs and wants. By having on-going conversations with our global pioneer network, together with analysing the daily feedback from our wider community of teachers, we've planned a series of new features that will soon be integrated into each of our projects. Here's a glimpse of what to expect in the coming months!
In addition to our existing Tinkercad tutorial videos, we'll be integrating Fusion 360 tutorials so teachers and students can select which software they would like to use. This new feature opens up our curriculum to older/more advanced students but it also allows Tinkercad users to take 'the next step'. Where relevant, we'll also be introducing additional tutorials that show students how to take their Tinkercad designs and develop them further by sending them to Fusion 360.
As mentioned, the integration of Fusion 360 will open up our projects to older/more advanced students. To further support this statement, each lesson will include a section called 'Adapting the Lesson'. Within this section, alternative lesson structures and content will be available to cater the lesson to both younger/beginner (ages 8-10) and older/advanced students (ages 14-16). E.g. For younger students, a simplified CAD tutorial video and pathway may be included and for older students, challenges with higher difficulty and more self-exploration may be suggested. The inclusion of these alternative lesson structures will give the teacher multiple options from which they can choose from. Teachers can also use certain aspects of the materials to create their own lesson structure.
At present, some of the downloadable presentations on PrintLab Classroom are in PowerPoint format, allowing teachers to make any necessary amendments to match their own curriculum. Moving forward, all presentations, workbooks, worksheets etc will be available as editable Microsoft Office and Google documents. This will give teachers full flexibility in adjusting any content to their needs.
Although many teachers have their own methods of formative and summative assessment, we'll be including editable rubrics in our projects to provide some guidance to those who need it. The rubrics can be used as summative assessment tools by teachers but they will also work well if given to students for self-assessment.
ISTE standards will be listed in each lesson plan to accompany NGSS, CCSS and The UK National Curriculum.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the new features that will be coming to PrintLab Classroom! The first lesson to receive these additions is 'Make an Assistive Bottle Opener'. If you haven't signed up to PrintLab Classroom yet, you can apply for a 7-day FREE trial here. This will give you access to the trial version of the bottle opener lesson (content can be previewed but not downloaded in the trial version).
Over the coming months, you'll see more and more of our existing lessons include these new features. These will be announced on our social media channels so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Finally, we'd like to thank everyone who has provided us with feedback over the past year and a special shout out to our pioneer, Steven Jones, for his on-going input into the development of our new upcoming features!
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