All posts by Aneeswar Bairavasundaram

Technology in the Classroom – 3D Printing

3D Printers

Ashland High School has bought two 3D printers the Cube and the Makerbot 2. Though both the engineering class and the graphic design class use the printers, their potential in other classrooms are also great.


One Class 3D printing can be used in is the Robotics Classroom. Robotics involves many pieces involving Lego pieces and non Lego pieces. One of the first lessons of Robotics is how to circumvent this compatibility issue by

Made with the Cube 3D Printer
Made with the Cube 3D Printer

creating mounts. If you look at the picture it is a Lego piece at the top and a piece sticking out which attaches with the non Lego piece. This allows pieces to be easily attached without having to spend excess parts trying to circumvent.


Engineering to the Future

This class has the Cube to use but because of the Cube’s new entry the class has not used the Cube to it’s full potential. The Cube allows the school to request parts to be made so rather than replacing the whole item only a certain part is replaced. In addition the Cube allows new innovations to be made and allows AHS to showcase well made projects with the resources available.

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Open Study

Open Study is an educational site which allows students around the world to help each other in studying on various topics from Biology to English.

How to Start:

Setup is very simple and an email address is the only necessary tool. Once you create a username and password and insert an email address you are taken to a page where you can select a subject such as the picture below. Overall there are more than 20 subjects in which to ask a question. Once you have clicked a subject you are brought to a page where questions can be asked or answered and the person who gets the highest answer vote receives special points.

How it helps:

Open Study has a simple design in which students can ask question whether it be for homework, clarification or studying. In addition    to ensure safety and respect there are moderators who monitor all the questions and their responses and in special cases remove people and their responses.

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GOFUNDME : modern fundraising

GoFundMe is a crowd funding and donation site where people can fund raise for all types of reasons.


GoFundMe’s website is simple to use. First the user creates an account where his/her address and personal information is asked but no credit card or papal account is needed to set up an account. Next the user states the reason for his or her fundraiser and the site allows pictures and descriptions to be posted. Once created the site asks to connect Facebook friends or to other social networking sites.

The fundraiser’s success is directly proportionate to the amount of people who know of the fundraiser. For example a fundraiser for a smart board which requires 1000 dollars to be made  will be much more effective if advertised on sites similar to Twitter where many people would have access to the donation page.

The site’s revenue comes from the donations the user receive as 5% goes to the site.


GoFundMe can be used for many fundraising purposes from funding class trips to funding new equipment.

For example  College of St. John Fisher and Thomas More’s annual tuition fee is 5000 dollars a year and to keep the price low the must receive funding . Through GoFundMe the college has raised 295,663 in seven days and is receiving more each day.

Overall GoFundMe can help facilitate fundraising and allow new equipment to be bought for the classroom.



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eBeam is an interactive whiteboard tool which could revolutionize the school system.

eBeam is very simple to use as there are only three main parts. First the user must mount the receiver(as shown below) to the top corner of the whiteboard.Then the user must mount a device on top of the computer monitor which receives the signals from the receiver. Lastly the user must insert a marker into the pen tool and all pen strokes on the whiteboard will be shown on the computer screen in live time.

How It Works:

eBeam uses ultrasound and infrared receivers to track the location of the marker(inside the special pen) or eraser(inside a special sleeve). As movement is made with the marker the receiver determines the distance and direction of the transmitter pen using differences in the speed of light and the speed of sound.


There are three main types of eBeam products.

  • eBeam Edge and Edge Wireless
    • Works with digital projectors and displays where users can uses and edit all the files in a computer with an interactive stylus.
  • eBeam Engage
    • This product includes 18 W speakers, a built- in microphone, two port USB hubs and an eBeam keyboard and all the hardware found in the eBeam edge.
  • eBeam Capture
    • This also contains all the hardware found in the eBeam Edge and Edge wireless and allows users to capture dry erase notes from any whiteboard and be able to upload them on to the computer and be able to edit and print the notes.

In the Classroom

eBeam will revolutionize the school system. eBeam will allow the teachers to record exact notes and be able to upload them on to the school site for further reference on the student’s part.  Also in situations when a student cannot make it to class for health reasons the student can log on to a live stream site and be able to view the class and notes being taught in live time and be able to participate in an emulated classroom environment causing them to not miss any class and have to sacrifice time when he/she can come back to school.

Overall eBeam is a new and innovative tool which can be used to enhance classroom learning in students.

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