The Educational Potential of 3D Printing for Students with Visual Impairment

In yesterday’s post we talked a little bit about assistive technology and featured some very good Chrome extensions you can use to help students with learning disabilities. Today, we are sharing with you this resource from Tinkercad showing the huge potential of 3D technology in helping all types of students learn better. This is basically a short video showing how Neil McKenzie, assistive technology specialist at the Sonoma County Office of Education, combines both Tinkercad and 3D printing to ‘overcome challenges his visually impaired students face in the classroom.  Neal demonstrates how 3D printed objects help all students, whether sighted or blind, to work side-by-side and learn the same content – creating an inclusive experience for all.’Tinkercad, for those of you not familiar with it, is a 3D modelling application which helps kids K-12 create a wide variety of objects which can be printed using a 3D printer. Check out this detailed guide to learn more about what you can do with Tinkercad and how to integrate it in your classroom teaching.

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