This week I hosted Twitter with Genevieve and I felt we did a great job collaborating. At first we both came up with similar questions so we were able to combine some and then add a few more. 3D printing is very interesting and not something I have given much thought to. To be honest I was always skeptical and wondering how people were using it in education, but never spent the time to look into it more. After this week I think it is a great example of the advancement technology is making and I believe it could be used to enhance teaching.
I read Douglas's blog first. I think this sentence really sums up some of the differences in opinions about whether 3D printing is good for schools: "Are they the savior of education or just another great tool that good teachers will be able to use effectively?" So many things get so hyped up and it is easy to get drawn in. I believe 3D printing is just a tool as I don't think there will ever be one silver bullet that will do everything. Every student is different, so how could one tool work for everyone? 3D printing can also only be as successful as the teacher implementing it. 3D printing is far from perfect right now, but I believe this could help some students learn how to deal with setbacks, as long as it doesn't take too long to fix the problem. Students can learn also how to dream up something and make it into an actual object. Students start to see that what they are doing has real world connection, and this could really help some of our disconnected students.
I really connected with Daysha's blog. Her first paragraph echoed my initial response to 3D printing. With budgets always being cut, will we ever see something such as a 3D printer in our classrooms? Who will pay for this? Plus I need a million other things that are a lot less expensive. I also don't know how to use a 3D printer, and I don't know where I would put one. So in essence, why would I ever need this? After this week my opinion has changed. There are many benefits to 3D printing in the classroom. I can really see a benefit for visual learners, because of how useful this tech could be for making models. I can really see students connecting to lessons in a way that was never possible. Plus it is just really cool to watch a 3D printer. I was really enjoying the videos. If I enjoyed them then I can sure bet my students would enjoy watching it as well.