1. Build a Distinctive Vision by use Education Standards
All programs doing well so far begins with a clear vision and are aligned with the standards, for example, the ISTE’ Standards for students, computation Thinker and specifically the standard Innovative Designer. Once you are able to build a vision, all other actions follow perfectly from your ideology. The main aim of creating a unique vision is to increase equity and access in science, engineering, technology, arts and curriculum of mathematics (STEAM) for students of elementary.
After your vision is well established, you need to draft your goal on the undertakings you intend to take in order to fully achieve the goal. With nicely outlined steps, it is not only going to help you secure more support from the administrative, but will also give teachers a direction on how to implement the whole program.
2. Create an Enthusiastic Group of Teachers on Tech
With a 3D printing program, teachers will be able to achieve success. Therefore, they need to be provided with good support and training. It has been implemented in some areas with a section of teachers ready to serve and learn, and lead other teachers in their various schools. It was started with training on basics associated with 3D printing and other lesson ideas. It has really proved to be a hands-on lesson to them. Many participants had some idea regarding the 3D printing although they had not gotten a chance to use it. In the course of training course, teachers were given good support on model lessons, troubleshooting, and coaching.
Some months later after the actual coaching session, the cohort had a chance to meet another more time to push the development of the curriculum and be able to share acquired practices. During second training, teachers had an opportunity to learn more advanced strategies associated with 3D printing. If you choose to follow this model or design yours, a mindset growth, ability to learn and a self-drive for adventure are the main guiding principles.
3. Begin with Small 3D’ Printing Program and Build Good Momentum as You Progress
Whenever you’re implementing a new and unconventional program, it is recommendable to begin from scratch and allow it a chance to grow. To a focused group of teachers, you can easily work out on the issues which crop up with small impact. This gives a room for adjustments and flexibility. Once the program picks, it can easily sustain itself through the experience acquired. You can document the whole progress through videos, photos, student’s testimonials, parents and teachers. Publicize projects created by the students in school newsletters, especially on social media and school website. Once you are able to build significant excitement for this project it will be able to grow in scope and size.
4. Build a 3D Printing Project System for Management
You can request learners to look for a shared link of design created by Tinkercad or any other CAD’ program and have it pasted on the assignment that was posted by your teacher during Google Class. For a successful management of the classroom, you can create Google Form that requests for a project, student’s name, teacher, link and choice of color. This is then directed into spreadsheet organized to enhance management of printing. There is also a cloud-based solution which works well for a 3D printer. Considering the type of your printer and the location, you can easily print on a school day, after school or overnight.
Therefore, if you’re set to begin your 3D printing, I can assure you a thriving professional learning especially on platforms of social media. In case you lack a specialist from your area, look for one or be one. Wish you a successful printing!