Friday, October 9, 2015
We have used our new 3Doodler Pens with our 8th grade in 3 lessons so far and have already learnt so much.
The pens, which can be purchased for under $100 are very student friendly, effective 3d printing devices.
During the different lessons when the kids were introduced to them through a couple of short videos (I have embedded one just above this.), some models we had made and a brief talk about expectations the electricity in the air became almost overwhelming.
The last time I saw kids so excited about a new tool was when I introduced my 8th graders, 8 years ago to then, Google SketchUp(now Trimble SketchUp).
The videos and explanations were punctuated by enthusiastic outbursts of "How cool!" "I want one!" and a variety of interesting interjections.
In practice the kids took to them right away. We gave them printed templates, and a few tasks written up in a Google Document, which also contains space for reflections, notes and images documenting their work.
These pens have proven to be a fantastic investment which will be used throughout the year, both in lessons and in our new Makerspace.
We will add updates and more images documenting the work, as the year progresses.