As promised, here is a copy of my presentation this afternoon, The Maker Movement and Studying History. It is packed with other resources and links, so please grab a copy and do with it what you will! I would love to hear your feedback and comments on what worked for you.
Using 3D printing and other advanced technologies requires a bit of training and a learning curve. It is important to also note that if your school is thinking of adopting these types of resources, they also need to have an expert staff in place to help guide the students on their usage. Our iLabs at Pine Crest are well-staffed and managed and this has been an excellent resource for us as teachers and helping us innovate our practices.
Also, here are some of the resources that I mentioned in my presentation that could get you started:
- Tinkercad – web-based CAD program to design your 3D images
- Thingiverse – web-based CAD program and online repository for 3D projects; check out their education section
- Ponoko – outsource for your printing needs
- Shapeways – outsource for your printing needs; inspire with various projects
- Inventables – a marketplace for all things encompassing the maker movement
- Makerbot – 3D printing needs, hardware; also has digitizing hardware
- Minecraft – you can also read about some of my early experimentations here
One of the fundamental questions educators have is what the future will look like for their students. Our current educational system is undergoing a reformation, faced with the uncertainty and the challenges that await the future.
The technology that is available is not only changing human behaviors, but how we interact with information. Gone are the days of rote memorization of information in order to establish fields of knowledge. Instead, the importance place on content knowledge has been replaced by what one can do with the information.
The FCIS annual conference slogan is “cultivating growth – a mindset for the future”. Picking up on that theme, and this new era of information interactivity that we have entered, I am presenting on how our students at Pine Crest are at the forefront of innovation. Having access to the latest technologies via an iLab – with 3D printers, laser cutters, and a whole host of tools – we had our students reconstruct artifacts from history. Adopting concepts from the Maker Movement, students actively engaged in their own learning and utilized constructivist approaches to help them experience their learning through trial and error.
My presentation will be taking place in Session III from 12:00-12:50 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.
I recently passed my subject area test for the state of Florida for Social Science 6-12. This means that I am qualified to teach AP European history – which I will be teaching this year in my first year at Somerset Academy. I am looking forward to the challenge as I am a history buff at heart, even if my particular training was focused on antiquity. The emergence of the Renaissance in history, and the context within which it was tempered, is of great interest to me as well. After all, the Renaissance is, at its heart, a revival of thought which dominated antiquity and a strong knowledge of the ancient world would only enhance one’s understanding of the events of the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
The only thing left for me is to take my courses and complete my training so that I can receive my professional’s certification for the state of Florida, a goal I am focused on accomplishing this year.