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Using 3D Printing for Educational Purposes

The use of 3D printing has increased in the past few years, and what better way to use this technology than in a classroom setting.  The ability to print  three dimensional objects could be used in most subjects, whether it be models for art, graphs in math, or historical buildings, the possibilities are seemingly endless.  The ability to 3D print allows students and teachers the luxury of being able to have a physical representation of what they are working on.  It could be a project of ancient Egypt and there could be a newly printed model of a pyramid.  students in an engineer class can use the printer and software to design things to help out the community, such as prosthetics.

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Google Glass in the Classroom

Google glass
Google glass with the frame

Google glass is a fairly new device that functions as a wearable smart phone.  It can be attached to a pair of glasses, or as a standalone device.  While the device is currently a whopping $1,500 dollars, it still has a lot to offer in todays tech savvy society.  It is pretty much a hands-free smart phone, as it has many of the same functions.  While it maintains functions such as sending messages, taking calls, and such, it allows a certain freedom to the user, whereas cell phones can inhibit the user.  When people have their heads buried in their phones, they tend to bump into stuff, like this woman in this video.       http://youtu.be/bGpVpsaItpU

While google glass currently is too expensive to be used in the classroom, it could offer many benefits for use in the future.  The devices handless features could enable students to seamlessly search terms, essay topics, and how to’s at the simple command.  Now, it could be argued that having students shout out random commands in class would be a disruption, but the ability to use this device can be set to free time during the period, as to allow the teacher to actually teach their lesson.  For college students, this would be a more applicable way to spend the day, whether its looking up something on the fly to your next class, or using it between classes, or even getting directions to somewhere, all with the use of your hands being occupied by books and coffee.

There are a numerous different things that google glass can currently do, while most of the beneficial pieces for students are being highlighted here.  For a full list of info on google glass, click here.  –>  https://www.google.com/glass/start/  Being the first of its kind, this device will have many convenient uses that are not thought of, and there will be many more upgrades to the device within the next decade.

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