Who decides the acceptable ways to use devices in your school?
photo: Wes Fryer
You’ve jumped through the hoops, filled out the paperwork, located the three missing chargers and managed to agree on a set of apps and a management system. But what will expectations around tech device usage look like? Will they stay in classrooms? Go home? Hop in a circle and do spoken-word?
Let’s tackle establishing behavior expectations in a 1:1 rollout.
As you can see from the video below, users care, creators care, this class of 6th graders from Hunt Middle School cares, and they’ll tell you why you should care too. A big thank you to Kathy Hevey and her students for being willing to share their work.
We promise to cite you appropriately, every single time.
A great reminder about respecting copyright while remixing source materials in the classroom. This video was originally created in partnership with local public access station RETN.
by Eric Schoembs, Edmunds Middle School educator
Last week Dan Treinis and I each received Maker Bot Replicator 2s, underwritten by the Tarrant Institute. We are working in parallel to roll out the new technology with our middle school students at Edmunds and Hunt Middle Schools.
We began last week by introducing the technology to each of our classes with live demonstrations and a short how-it-works introduction.
Students at Edmunds Middle School examine their new 3D printer.
At the end of each class we raffled off the completed piece and the students loved it!
The Maker Bots came pre-loaded with an SD card that had several designs that we could print to test the machine. The initial setup was relatively easy so our next challenge is installing the makerware on our computers. The makerware traces the 3D models students create, then writes the code that the Maker Bot uses to precisely deposit the extruded plastic filament.
Both Dan and I are very familiar with Google Sketch Up and so are our students so we hope to use Sketch Up to create the models that we will print with the Maker Bot. So far I have been very impressed with the quality of the print and reliability of the machine.
More to come as we begin printing our own work this week!
The new 3D printer.
To put it mildly, our students are very excited about having access to
this new technology!
A close-up of some of the items that have already been printed on the 3D printer: clockwise from top left are a chain, a threaded nut and bolt, a comb, and a bracelet.
Susan Hennessey was on hand with her iPad camera to record the Oasis team at Hunt Middle School, in Burlington, going 1:1. A huge thank you to the Oasis team teachers and students for letting us be part of their journey. Hunt Middle School is a partner of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education.