3D Printer Maker, PD Provider Partner on Training, Microbadging
The PD Learning Network (PDLN), which provides online professional development to K-12
partnering with 3D printer maker Dremel to provide both training and
certification of completion to teachers who want to become proficient
in the technology.
With the purchase of each
Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-EDU kit, the company will provide free
provided by PDLN designed to help them learn how to operate the
training will include videos, articles, lesson plans, school case
hands-on learning opportunities.
"One of our most important responsibilities
as an education technology provider is supporting teachers as they
learn how to
implement new tools in their classrooms," said Dremel 3D Education
Velez. "Partnering with a professional development organization is
of our mission to ensure 3D printing is applied in a purposeful way
enhances students' understanding of STEAM [science, technology,
and math] principles."
Upon completing assessments
that demonstrate mastery of the technology and the ability to integrate
instruction, teachers will earn a digital microbadge that they can
colleagues, parents, administrators and potential employers.
"PDLN's standards of rigor in
microcredential badges ensure teacher mastery and effective
of 3D printing technology," said PDLN CEO Jennifer Gibson.
Along with the teacher
training, purchasers of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer receive a
warranty and additional personalized teacher support.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.