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New 3D Printers!

Two new 3D printers arrived in the Adams Lab this month! Fifth grade is especially excited to see the new Ultimakers printing the Egyptian artifacts that they designed this winter! The prints are speedy and high resolution - stop by to watch the machines work!

These printers are an upgrade from the MakerBot, which was a past 8th-grade class gift. We are so very grateful to the Advancement and Business Offices for helping with the upgrade process.

TinkerCAD is a great app for beginners who want to explore 3D design and printing. If you'd like to give it a try, stop by the Adams Lab or ask a 5th grader for a quick tutorial!

Augmented Reality @ DCD!

This month, students from grades K through six explored the Internet of Things (IoT) by trying out Augmented Reality (AR). IoT refers to the use of digital tools to interact with everyday objects.

AR is one form of IoT technology that superimposes digital imagery over our view of the real world. Think virtual reality without the goggles. It allows us to interact with objects, images, and in the case of this NYT article, Four of the Best Olympians, as You've Never Seen Them.

Sounds complicated? There are lots of fun ways to introduce AR in the classroom! Check out some of our favorite apps and tools below:

What's a Chromebook?

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Chromebooks are laptops that run on the Chrome operating system and are very user-friendly for those using the Google Apps suite.

The Tech Dept recently received a few Chromebook test models. They all convert from laptop to tablet, are durable, and easy to use. Curious? If you would like to check one out, please stop by the Adams Lab and ask Kate!

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Check out this calendar for EdTech PD in the Boston area - both online & in-person!

Tech Professional Development Calendar

Check out this calendar for education-related Twitter chats!

Twitter Chats & Social Media PD Calendar

Twitter Chats are a great way to connect with educators who share your interests. They typically run for one hour each week. A moderator tweets out questions on a specific topic, and everyone chimes in with answers that are 280 characters or less, including the hashtag.

The Tech@DCD website has a new page!

Visit the new Tech Tools page for pictures and descriptions of our favorite edtech tools!

And don't forget to check out new posts on our blog & tutorials pages while you're there!

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