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PDLN, Dremel partner on teacher PD badges for 3D printing

July 5th, 2016

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Partnership connects manufacturer of 3D printers for K-12 education with teacher professional development, provides badge certification

The PD Learning Network (PDLN) announces a partnership with Dremel to provide badge certified K-12 teacher professional development for the Dremel Idea Builder printer.

“One of our most important responsibilities as an education technology provider is supporting teachers as they learn how to implement new tools in their classrooms,” said George Velez, manager, Dremel 3D education. “Partnering with a reputable professional development organization is emblematic of our mission to ensure 3D printing is applied in a purposeful way that enhances students’ understanding of STEAM principles.”

Access to a PDLN badge certification training course accompanies the purchase of every Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-EDU kit. Courses include videos, articles, lesson plans, school case studies and hands-on learning opportunities that provide a pathway to help educators master implementation of 3D printing in instruction. PDLN’s signature emphasis on effective classroom application ensures teachers can put 3D printing to most effective use to achieve desired student learning outcomes.

“PDLN is proud to partner with Dremel because their commitment to quality, reliability and simplicity in education technology,” said PD Learning Network CEO Jennifer Gibson. “Pairing that with PDLN’s standards of rigor in micro-credential badges ensures teacher mastery and effective instructional use of 3D printing technology.”

Upon completing assessments to demonstrate understanding of how to use the Dremel Idea Builder and integrate it into instruction, teachers earn an open badge from PDLN that they can share with colleagues, parents, administrators and potential employers as evidence of their knowledge and skills.

In addition to providing educators with comprehensive training through the PLDN badge course, the Dremel Idea Builder was the first 3D printer to be safety certified by UL, a global independent safety science company; comes with a one-year warranty; and includes personalized teacher support through Dremel’s customer support center.

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