MakerBot launches 3D printing classroom guide

MakerBot Handbook is intended to help educators and students get started with lesson plans and hands-on 3D design

3d-printingThousands of educators throughout the U.S. are embracing 3D printing as a new way to teach 21st century skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future. Taking the first steps to introduce students to 3D printing, however, can be challenging.

MakerBot, part of the desktop 3D printing industry, conducted in-depth research this spring to better understand how to help educators incorporate 3D printing in classrooms. The research shows that acquiring 3D design skills is a major hurdle for educators and there is no single resource to address this need.

To fill that gap, MakerBot has published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing.

Next page: What the 3D printing handbook contains for teachers and students


Free resource targets writing via social studies instruction

Tool uses cross-curricular approach to help students hone writing skills while they learn social studies

social-studiesIn the push to create digital learning resources for schools, developers say social studies have largely been ignored. EDC’s Zoom In aims to fill that void.

Zoom In is a free online tool that helps students learn U.S. history while also strengthening their literacy skills.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Zoom In was developed in collaboration with history educators at the American Social History Project, literacy experts, and media designers. It will be available for use in the upcoming school year.

Next page: How Zoom In complements history curricula and builds literacy skills