As it happens, when you let the webinars fall where they may, sometimes you end up with a unique week like this one! This week, I will be presenting two free opportunities to explore the use of 3D in education.
Here’s the scoop:
ISTE SIG3D Webinar:
How to Write a Great Proposal for ISTE 2014…
and Why SIG3D Members Should!
Tuesday, September 17 @ 8 PM ET/ 7 PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT
Register for the free webinar here.
Do you have a great 3D idea, lesson, concept, research study or practice that other educators would benefit from? If so, you should consider submitting a proposal to present at ISTE 2014. With growing interest in 3D Design, 3D Printing, and Stereoscopic 3D from ISTE members and the educational community, it has never been more important to represent these emerging and innovative fields at the annual conference! Join us to learn tips for submitting, hear from experienced ISTE presenters, and even connect with other 3D educators to help form potential sessions, posters, forums and more!
STEMx Virtual Conference Session:
In Depth Education: Using 3D Technologies to Enhance STEMx
Saturday, September 21 @ 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 11 AM MT/ 10 AM PT
Sign up for the free conference here.
Link to the session: https://sas.ell
Teaching and learning with 3D technologies have proven to improve student achievement, attention, behavior, and more! Learn how three types of 3D educational applications can enhance your STEM learning at all grade levels!
- Stereoscopic 3D (s3D): Stereoscopic 3D is the most classic use of the term 3D. Most people are familiar with this type of 3D from experiencing it in 3D cinemas and theme park rides, which date back to the early 1900s. Whether with glasses or new glasses-free displays, s3D videos and simulations are increasing students learning gains in classrooms around the world.
- 3D Design (Rendering): As the use of digital tools allowed for the design and rendering of animated objects, the term 3D was expanded to include the rendering of 3-dimensional objects for two-dimensional display viewing. Progressive uses in education may include augmented reality, virtual environments, simulations, video-game creation, and design work using programs like Google Sketch-Up and Autodesk Maya.
- 3D Printing: 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) allows for the physical production of digitally designed three-dimension
While each of these provides powerful opportunities for learning, together they comprise an essential triumvirate for developing the skills and knowledge needed for success in the emerging fields and careers of the twenty-first century. In this session, we will explore the basics of these 3D technologies, research-based benefits to integration, and how to get started integrating 3D into your STEMx education!
Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, author and educational consultant. She currently serves as the Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education (iste.org/sig3d) and recently published a chapter on 3D document camera use in the IGI Global book, Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education. Her blogs and resources regarding 3D can be found at InDepthEducation.com.
Something “eco-lutionary” is cropping up at schools across the country. While some students might be experiencing the start of the new academic year from behind a desk, others are embracing an expansive sense of classroom that reaches far beyond the schoolhouse walls and into the green.
At our public charter school, Lakeland Montessori Middle School, teachers and administration plan the year with explorations into green space in mind. P.E. sometimes takes place running around a lake, field trips include environmental clean-ups and snorkeling, and studying biology means much more than just looking at pictures in textbooks. In fact, during the last school year, the students at LMMS struck up an interesting partnership with one local restaurant, the Red Door Wine Market. Synthesizing their learning of biology, weather, collaborative design, math, business and even presentation skills, the students designed, proposed and executed the implementation of a “farm-to-table” concept on the restaurant’s grounds.
The result of this entrepreneurial project is a flourishing garden that provides organic lettuces, peppers, herbs and other produce to be served to patrons at the Red Door. Students were extremely proud to see the literal fruits of their labor… and ecstatic when they first saw “Montessori grown greens” appear on the menu. Several of the students happened to be on site the last time I ate on the outdoor patio at Red Door. When asked about the garden, they were eager to share about their project, detailing the various plants sprouting up around the grounds. In addition to their pride, the depth of learning and retention from the project was also clearly evident.
According to Angeline Stoll Lillard’s book, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, working with plants, nature and environmental elements is an integral part of the Montessori educational model. Maria Montessori went as far as suggesting that elementary classrooms should include ornamental plants, which the children could tend… and that middle grades education should include running both a farm and a local store at which to sell their produce. Instead of preparing students for the “real world,” this type of project-based Montessori education provides students the present-day opportunity to be valuable contributors to their local community and economy.
Yet the school gardening movement is not limited simply to Montessori schools or even high school agriculture classes. In fact, many communities and schools across the country are discovering the benefits of empowering students to plant and grow foods. In his TED Talk, “A Teacher Growing Green in the South Bronx,” educator Stephen Ritz passionately talks about how growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers has transformed his community, starting inside the classroom and spreading throughout the city. School gardening in the Bronx is improving both academic achievement and their standard of living. The students in Ritz’ first cohort of classroom farmers were previously struggling in school with only a 40% attendance rate; with the impact of this program, attendance increased to 93% and all of those students are now in college and earning a living wage. Ritz says he’s “growing organic citizens, engaged kids.”
Other TED Talkers also see student gardening as a means to economic prosperity. Ron Finley, A Guerilla Gardner in South Central LA, says that “growing your own food is like printing your own money.” With little exposure to green space and whole foods, inner city students in South Central LA suffer physically and economically. A movement to garden in public spaces is changing this for kids in Finley’s neighborhood. Finley continues, “You’d be surprised how kids are affected by this. Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries… If kids grow kale, they eat kale. When kids grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, if they’re not shown how food affects the mind and the body, they blindly eat whatever the hell you put in front of them… I see young people and they want to work, but they’re in this thing where they’re caught up – I see kids of color and they’re just on this track that’s designed for them, that leads to nowhere. So with gardening, I see an opportunity where we can train these kids to take over their communities, to have a sustainable life. And when we do this, who knows? We might produce the next George Washington Carver.”
School gardening combines learning from all curricular areas into a real world application with multi-faceted benefits to students. I have personally seen these academic and affective benefits first-hand in the students at Lakeland Montessori Middle.
So, how do you get started with gardening in your school? Fortunately, there are several ways to learn more – starting today!
The School Gardens Community on edWeb.net is an active group of educators sharing free resources and discussions on growing school gardens. You can join this community edweb.net/schoolgardens and gain access to their upcoming webinars on growing schools gardening, such as:
- Inquiry in the Garden: Facilitating Student-Led Investigations for Grades K-8 in an Outdoor, Living Laboratory Tuesday, September 10, 2013- 4pm / Eastern Time
Presenter: Whitney Cohen, Education Director at Life Lab
- From School Garden to Cafeteria Table: How to Plan, Grow, and Use Garden Produce in a School Cafeteria Lunch Program Tuesday, October 1, 2013- 4pm / Eastern Time
Presenter: Matthew Doris, Food Service Director & Chef, Tuckahoe Common School District, Southampton, NY.
The School Gardens Community also shares an e-guide about school garden planning and lesson integration by New Jersey educator, Dorothy Mullen, which definitely deserves a look.
One other way to introduce gardening to your students is with a new book by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table is a beautiful picture book telling the biography of a former basketball star turned gardener turned MacArthur Foundation Fellow. In her review of the book, Elizabeth Bird praises Martin for masterfully portraying the connection between economic stratification and access to healthy foods “without getting anywhere near a soapbox.” More than that, students learn how, with dedication and hard work, someone can turn a big idea into a meaningful reality. The best part? The book officially releases today. And if one book isn’t enough, look for other books that with potential to introduce your deep classroom conversations about gardening, food, health, and economics on the International Reading Association’s list of leveled reading books on the subject.
By making gardening an integral part of project- and inquiry-based learning, we have a unique opportunity to provide our students with more than just academic knowledge. Instead, we can empower them by developing practical skills for success, not only in math and science, but also in collaboration, problem solving and iterative design; we can raise them with a profound sense of capacity to create, to grow, and to succeed. Plus, as Ron Finley would say, “you get strawberries.”
Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, author and educational consultant. She also proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Lakeland Montessori Middle School, a free public charter school in Lakeland, FL.
Out of ISTE’s new Special Interest Group comes a powerful opportunity for learning and collaborating with 3D in Education. SIG3D is sponsoring a series of webinars on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8 PM EST, along with additional opportunities for follow-up Q & As with their leadership team.
Below is a list of the webinars currently on the schedule. As we are planning for the coming year, what topics would you like to learn more about? What 3D experts or organizations would you like to hear more from?
Are you interested in understanding how stereoscopic 3D works, what is required to use it in the classroom, and even how you and your students can start creating stereoscopic 3D? In this webinar, 3D expert and SIG3D leadership team member Dennis Cafiero will show you the basics of using Stereoscopic 3D. You will discover how stereoscopic 3D works, as well as how to find and create 3D content for your classroom using free tools and online resources. Plus, you’ll learn about various 3D display technologies available for your classroom… and the pros and cons for each system. With robust resources and great integration ideas, you will leave ready to start trying out 3D in your classroom right away!
Presenter Bio: When founding Presente3D in 2011, Dennis Cafiero discovered that many people were disenchanted with 3D because of the high cost of development and overall lack of knowledge regarding 3D. “It just wasn’t simple to create 3D content unless you were a trained 3D professional.” Since then, Dennis has worked hard to prove that 3D technologies can flourish within every classroom and within every budget. As former Technical Director for Eon Reality, Dennis shares wisdom and insight from over 16 years of experience in virtual reality, stereoscopic 3D software development, and educational 3D applications.
ISTE Attendees, this list is for those of you interested in what is truly the most cutting edge in educational technology. Several ISTE 2013 sessions, events and resources can plug you in to the most current and emerging tools and practices for employing stereoscopic 3D in teaching and learning. Here they are:
Sunday, June 23 – SIG3D Open House
at the ISTE Member Networking Fair
3:00 – 5:00 PM
SACC Tower View Lobby
Meet the Leadership Team, network with other members, and get your SIG3D badge ribbon!
Monday, June 24 – Poster Session, Nancye Black
In Depth Education: Diving into Stereoscopic 3D Learning and Creating
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
SACC Tower View Lobby, Table 7
Increase visual teaching, critical thinking, understanding, and engagement with anaglyph and stereoscopic 3D applications. Discover how student-created media, dynamic resources, and 3D tools deliver larger-than-life digital learning!
Tuesday, June 25 – SIG3D Inaugural Gathering
5:00 – 6:15 PM
SACC Social Butterfly and Newbie Lounge, West Reg
Find out what SIG3D is all about, network with other members, engage 3D learning stations, breakout for beginners and advanced users, contribute to the future of SIG3D. Plus, win 3D prizes like Presente3D, Eon Creator, 3D Ladibug Doc Cam, and Kid Pix 3D!
SIG3D’s List of Stereoscopic 3D Vendors: Click here.
This list will be updated regularly throughout the conference.
Other non-stereoscopic, yet related, sessions of possible interest:
Using 3D Printers in Education, Mark Barnett
Poster Session: Wednesday, 6/26/2013; 11:00am–1:00pm; SACC Tower View Lobby: Table 18
Teach 3D Game Design in One Week, Alexander Repenning
Workshop: Saturday, 6/22/2013, 8:30am–11:30am, SACC 208
Oh the Places You Will Go: Google Earth, SketchUp, Robert Craven
Workshop: Wednesday, 6/26/2013, 8:30am–11:30am, SACC 207A