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Saturday, May 6 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Whittling, Learning and Engaging with 3D Printing in Elementary School FILLING

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3D printing is mainstream and readily available. It fits nicely in the STEAM model—integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math with meaningful personalized learning opportunities. It can be seen as a creative technology that to allows us to express ourselves, explore 3D puzzles and solve authentic problems. It might even be considered as a 21st century form of whittling—allowing us to create and refine artefacts that meet our desires and needs. Artefacts that we might choose to share with others who might simply rescale and adjust to print, or who might remix and reform to fill a different need—and share again. 3D printing is accessible to intermediate and middle school children. Besides the creative potential, it brings a tangible object and process to support the learning of fundamental mathematical concepts (coordinate systems, scale, mirroring, rotation, time, rate, density, etc.). As teachers of mathematics, we need to engage with 3D printing, we need to climb over the threshold of the technology by tinkering, exploring and mastering its potential and then develop accessible, low friction activities and challenges that allow for personalized learning. In this presentation, we will share our experiences and thoughts on this engagement and development process.

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Leslee Francis-Pelton

Presenter, University of Victoria
Leslee Francis Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where she teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy and educational technology. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and the use of appropriate technologies to engage stu... Read More →
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Tim Pelton

Associate Professor, University of Victoria
Tim Pelton is an associate professor at the University of Victoria, where he teaches classes on mathematics pedagogy for elementary and middle schools and educational technology generally. Research interests include: creating and evaluating educational apps; and using appropriate... Read More →



Saturday May 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Meeting Room C