Author: Clark Barnett
Clark Barnett has been an educator for 13 years. He currently creates and innovates with his 4th grade students in the Conejo Unified School District using 3D printing, arduino electronics, and whatever else they can imagine with. He agrees whole hardheartedly with Seymour Papert who said, "The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge." Mr. Barnett earned his Master of Education degree in learning technologies from Pepperdine University.

Design and Process: 3D Printing in the Classroom

After our first earbud holder was printed last week my students really got excited about making their own. It didn’t take long before the 3D printers were up and running, printing several earbud holders at once. This provided many learning

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First Print of the Year

It’s a new year, and I have chosen a new theme for my blog. I have also decided to write about more than just 3D printing in the classroom…maybe. I doubt I will vary too much from 3D printing in

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3D Printing the Sonic Bloom

Last week a 3rd grade teacher (Ms. Klingel) popped into my classroom and told me she had an idea for a lesson. She was wondering if I would be willing to help incorporate 3D printing into the lesson. After a

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A Treasure Trove and a Redesign

The last couple of weeks have dragged on with our interactive whiteboard marker. We have had a week off of school and have been stuck getting our design to print 100% the way we want it to. We’ve tried a

Working Prototypes

An Altoid tin makes a good interactive whiteboard marker. At last we have a working prototype. It may not look like we intended, but it works. After all this research and design I thought it would be a good idea

Small Victories

My students are making great progress with Interactive Whiteboard Markers. They have successfully overcome two obstacles that were slowing down progress. The first one may have been the most satisfying for them to accomplish. The original file that we downloaded

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Authentic Learning

This week I had two parents tell me at different times that they were very happy with what I was doing in class. The first parent called and left a message. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a parent call

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#CUE2014

It has been a couple of weeks since I have attended the Annual CUE conference, and I’m finally having the time to process all of the learning that occurred. This was my first experience with the CUE conference, and my

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Hacking the Pen

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]everal years ago I had the privilege to work with Dr. Carl. Technically, Dr. Carl was our site technician meaning that he was there to help keep our computers up and running. In reality he is an educator who is

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Explaining 3D Printing

I love explaining 3D printing to people who have never really been exposed to it before. As I share all of the incredible things you can do with a 3D printer their facial expressions  go from bewilderment to pure imagination.

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3D Printed Entomology

When I first got the 3D printer my mind swam with different ideas of how to use it in my classroom. You can see my first brainstorm here. I find the process of choosing what actually gets used in the

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Summertime

Summertime is a magical time for teachers. We recharge, reflect, learn more about our craft, and do all the activities that we love to do but can’t get to during the year. This last summer was not much different for

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