Week 7 Blog

There are two clear ways that 3D printing will impact education.  The first way the education will be changed is that it will transfer much more from visual and auditory methods of learning into much more kinesthetic learning.  College students in design/marketing classes previously only had enough time throughout the course to design a product, but now with 3D printing, the are able to design, create, market and sell their products all in the course of one semester (Lipson & Kurman, 2013).  3D printers allow students to make/design things and see the results immediately.  There is no longer any wait time between design and creation.  Students will be able to access tangible materials and designs as soon as they are done being created.  This allows students to be able to experience their education in a hands-on way like never before.  The following graphic shows so many different ways that students can use 3D printing and shows so many ways that the products of 3D printing can make learning much more interactive and hands-on.


Another way students are being impacted by 3D printing is that the impressive abilities of the printers are captivating students.  Teachers across many different demographics are noticing their students being engaged by 3D printing and completely interested and absorbed by them.  Bas Baeten, a Dutch teacher in the testimonial video posted by Leapfrog 3D printing, explains that this technology is the future, and because of that he thinks students should have access to it in school.  He also remarks on how interested his students are, he never has to remind them to pay attention while working with the 3D printer, because they already are!  Another teacher used a 3D printer to print out different kinds of cookies for a group of 2nd graders and she saw that students who were normally not interested in technology or math were very interested when the 3D printer was being used.  This technology is attracting students of all ages and those who previously did not show too much interest in technology.  Hopefully the use of 3D printers in schools will help encourage students to pursue technology and computer science in school so they can help absorb the abundance of technological careers that will come up in the future.

Infographic: http://3dprintingsystems.com/education/

Lipson, H., & Kurman, M. (2013, June 9). Two Ways 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Classroom | Big Think. Retrieved June 30, 2015, from http://bigthink.com/in-their-own-words/two-ways-3d-printing-is-revolutionizing-the-classroom

5 thoughts on “Week 7 Blog

  1. I’m not sure immediate results is the right way to phrase this. From what I’ve read, things take varying amounts of time to print in 3D. Something small could take up to 15 minutes, while other things could take hours: http://www.3dgeni.us/faqs-about-3d-printing/ Though 3D printing allows students who are tactile learners to touch items, I’m not sure I would use the immediate to describe the printing process.

    I really enjoyed your blog and how you laid it out case by case. I can imagine in my head how so many students would be enthralled by a 3D printer, especially since some are already so amazed by a regular printer! Some preschoolers at my school think our copier is the most fascinating thing they’ve seen. 🙂 It’s definitely something that can help keep students engaged in the classroom.

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    • Haha my students love the copy machine too. I guess immediate wasn’t the best word to use, I just meant it’s faster than sending away for something, waiting for the mail or whatever he alternative would be.

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    • I find that same graphic you used at the beginning of your blog. One of my frustrations was the websites promoting 3D printers were the ones selling the printers. Call me jaded, but I will continue to search for unbiased facts and data regarding this technology!


  2. I can see a class full of kids sitting in a trance watching something print. I don’t know if a 3D printer will persuade students to pursue computer science degrees, but if nothing else it will teach them that we can create and test without a production facility. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and reading 3D Printing Revolutionizing the Classroom.

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  3. I see the benefits of 3D printing to lie more in the future rather than in the present. Now they are for select groups of students…. maybe students working in a “Maker Space” environment. I’d imagine there are very few schools that have the resources to fully utilize this technology today. But that future of 3D printing… it sure is exciting! What can’t they do????


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