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3D Printer: My Kindergartener Made This

3D Printer: My Kindergartener Made This

Polar 3D printer

If you do not know what a 3D printer is, simply it melts plastic to create 3D models of things. I just got a Polar 3D printer. It was super easy to set up and because, unlike other 3D printers, the slicing software is part of the printer I can go from drawing something to printing it in literally minutes.

I was wondering how doable is it for little kids to model things for a 3D printer. My 5 year old just started Kinder last week so I pulled up the modeling program Tinkercad and asked her to create a circle. She did not know how to use the trackpad on my laptop, normally she uses an iPad. It took me probably 30 seconds to get her being able to click and hold down with her thumb and wiggle with her finger. In less than 2 minutes she had drawn a circle and we downloaded it to print.
Kindergartener models a circle

Using cloud.polar3d.com I simply had to click on the “Objects” menu on the side and click on “Upload .stl” file.
Upload file

I then click on “Printers” on the side to choose to print the object I have uploaded. Literally within 2 minutes of starting to model an object it was printing on the Polar 3D printer.
Melting Plastic

5 Easy Steps for Teaching with Digital Tools

Introducing digital tools into your teaching can seem challenging at first. There are many tools out there, and it might feel like there’s a lot to learn. But with easy steps for teaching with digital tools, you can start simply and gradually. There’s no need to dive in all at once – just take it one step at a time. Taking easy steps for teaching with digital tools starts with trying something!

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Students Prepare to Present

Help Your Students Prepare to Present

Maximize student success in presentations with ‘Speaker Notes by AliceKeeler,’ the ideal Google Slides add-on. Enhance how students prepare to present with easy transfer of speaker notes to Google Docs, promoting effective communication skills. Dive into the world of engaging, technology-aided presentations and empower students to shine in their academic endeavors. Discover the key to transforming student presentations into interactive, skill-building experiences.

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Infographic 7 Basic Steps for a Google Form

New to using Google Forms? This tool is essential for teachers to not only save time but to be adaptive to student needs. Use Forms to survey students, play games, personalize instruction, and assessment. This infographic on the 7 basic steps for a Google Form will help you get started.

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Online Workshop: Get Your Add-on Published

How can you make Google Workspace (Docs/Sheets/Slides) even better? You can create custom Add-ons with Google Apps Script. Wondering How to Get Your Google Workspace Add-on Published? Join Alice Keeler, Google Developer Expert, to learn the steps to get your Add-on officially published.

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