Redesigning Learning with 3D Printing

By Seth Denney, Instructional Technology Specialist

Great Prairie AEA is redesigning learning environments that focus on the 4Cs of 21st Century Learning:  Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking.   Our goal is to transform classrooms through improved instruction, innovative technologies, and student-centered learning.

Transforming traditional classrooms means that students will design and make real-world solutions to real-world problems.  To help students learn by creating, Great Prairie AEA has purchased a MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer.  The printer uses spools of ABS plastic to print three-dimensional objects.  It can even print in two colors of plastic!

After a little more experimentation by the Great Prairie technology team, the printer will live in the Redesigned Learning classroom at the AEA office in Burlington, and will be available for student and teacher use.

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