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3D Printing for Teachers

3 Credits
The Good News: Your school district purchased a 3D printer for your classroom. The Bad News: Training wasn't included. 3D printing technology has great potential in educational environments as course subjects can be brought to life. This equips the students with practical (and very valuable) real-life experience.

To the greatest degree possible, we'll use free/open-source programs that run on multiple systems without making compromises. This will help maximize availability for you and your students, whether at school or at home. An inexpensive guidebook is recommended, and the apps/software are free. This class can be completed without access to a 3D printer and we'll explore methods to help you teach 3D printing to your students the same way. The syllabus describes the journey but know that there will be ample opportunity to adapt lessons that fit what you teach and the hardware you have available.

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Eric Westland

Teaching technology to enhance both your professional and personal life is my passion. I recently retired in 2016 after 38 years in the classroom. During my career, I’ve taught everything from Architectural CAD to Algebra, from Woodshop to Web Design with the last 20 years being in technical subjects. Now I find myself teaching teachers and I pride myself on trying to be as supportive as possible. Regardless of your background, I believe you will find I offer courses that are fun, relaxed, and offer practical challenges for users of all skill levels while working on your terms in an online environment. When a student completes one of my courses, it is my goal that they end up with skills and materials they can use in their classroom the very next day. Best of all, all of my courses use free, powerful software which allows you and your students to use it at school and home.