Tech Expo Experts!

Technology! It is everywhere!! My students had an opportunity to participate in a recent district wide event to share how they are learning and demonstrating their learning with technology.

 

This district event allows students to showcase to their community technology tips and how technology is used for learning. My students were absolutely AMAZING in their communication and teaching skills!! While they presented, I was able to sit back and watch them develop into stronger leaders, teachers, technologists, engineers . . . teaching students of all ages, both other presenters and visitors, as well as adults in our community about these resources.

 

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My tech experts demonstrating 3D printing and 3D doodle pens.

First, the 3D doodle pens have been such a hit! These pens allow students to create in 2D or 3D. Students engaged in designing their own creations or following the guidelines of templates included in the 3D doodle kits. There are so many options to allow designing and creating to come together. Below is just one sample kit. This kit comes with a pen, filament, charging cord, and templates.

 

3D Doodle Kit

 

Secondly, students also shared their 3D printer expertise. Students have created so many items whether related to learning projects, self choice projects, or gifts for others. If you’re looking for an entry level 3D printer, I highly recommend this FlashForge Finder. Check out my post focusing on my “Top 10 TIPS to #3DPrinting”.

 

3D FlashForge Finder Printer

 

I was excited to see these students take charge of this event. My job was simply guidance and chaperoning. My fifteen students that participated throughout the day absolutely rocked this event!!

 

Each of the presenters enjoyed this event. Comments like: “Dr. Durbin, this is a great way to show others what we are doing!” to “Can we do this next year, too?” were common comments throughout the day. Of course, I had treats on hand (kids love food), and they had more time to work with the technology, but without those perks, these kiddos had a FANTASTIC time sharing with our community what they are doing with technology!

 

How do you use technology in your classroom? Home? How do your kiddos use technology for learning and demonstrating learning – Knowledge Constructors!

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Annette Durbin

Annette has been an educator for 27 years working in the elementary classroom, district leadership, university professor, as well as a mentor for teachers nationwide. A National Board Certificated Teacher, Annette focuses her research on accelerating learning and advancing achievement, personalizing instruction, technology, and leadership in the education field.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Stacey

    As a teacher, I love it when I can sit back and watch my high school kids take over. For me, that’s when we finally open our plays. I sit in the back of the house, and they do the rest. They also plan and present the program to eighth grade students. I love watching my kids who were nervous about speaking in front of groups “fight” over who gets to speak to the entire eighth grade class. They don’t even use notes; they confidently grab the microphone and speak from the heart.

    1. Annette Durbin

      I LOVE this part of teaching!!! It’s here when you really know the impact you made AND what students have learned.

      Thanks for sharing,
      ~ Annette

    1. Annette Durbin

      It is a lot of FUN!! These pens can build anything!!!

      Have a great day!
      ~ Annette

  2. Suzanne

    3D printing looks so cool! I know my kids would love that.

  3. Karie

    It’s amazing what opportunities kids have to learn nowadays. It’s like Disneyland!

    1. Annette Durbin

      LOL!!! Yes, I agree, it is like Disneyland!!!

      Take care,
      ~ Annette

  4. Laura

    This looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Annette Durbin

      It is sooo much fun to see the quiet students come out of their shell. That’s how much fun these kiddos have!!

      Take care,
      ~ Annette

  5. Meagan

    So cool! I have always wanted to try the doodle pens.

    1. Annette Durbin

      Those doddle pens are a favorite!! LOTS of kids stopped by to try them. The neighbor school ended up ordering some before the night ended.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      ~ Annette

  6. Suzan

    So much new technology is available at these kids fingertips. Just amazing.

    1. Annette Durbin

      Yes, certainly an exciting experience in school today!!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      ~ Annette

  7. Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef

    I think it’s amazing that every single photo I see of your students, they are always engaged in what they’re doing! Which speaks volumes of your teaching methodology. It’s wonderful that you’re also a mentor for other teachers, great job as always! 🙂

    1. Annette Durbin

      Thank you, Angela!! These kiddos are having sooo much FUN!! It is easy to get 100% engagement when they are interested in learning. Thank you for your kind words.

      Take care,
      ~ Annette

  8. Laura Lee

    I love it when children are genuinely engaged in the learning process, especially when they don’t even realize that they’re learning…they just think they’re having fun!

    1. Annette Durbin

      Ahhh . . . that is the trick, Laura Lee!! Shhhh . . . don’t tell the kids. When they are having fun AND learning . . . then I know the lesson is a win-win!!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      ~ Annette

  9. jen

    OOOO we are working with some of these at the library this sumer! SO much fun!!!

    1. Annette Durbin

      Fabulous!!! Which items are you working on this summer? Using tech is lots of fun to learn!!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Annette

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