3D Printed Cookie Cutters

A #throwback post to before winter break.  We (The Tech Department) wanted to challenge ourselves to make something with the 3D printer in the Makerspace.  With winter break coming we decided to all design a cookie cutter in Tinkercad (A free tool that allows you to make 3D designs for printing) or Cookie Caster (a site specifically for designing your own cookie cutters) and then make cookies.

To give an idea of the process for 3D printing, after you use a 3D design tool like those listed above,  you generate a .stl file that can be sent to a 3D printer.  Here is an example of what the final design that is sent to the printer looks like:

In our case, we currently use a NVBot 3D printer.  Here it is in action printing all of our cookie cutters.

 

A picture of a 3D printed Cookie Cutter in action:

Once the cookies were baked we invited the Pike Community to come up to the Tech Department Office to sample our selection.  We really had fun with this challenge and thank everyone for helping us eat the results (see pictures below that include Pike Positron cookies, Android Bot cookies, iPad cookies and Yoda cookies).  If anyone is looking for ideas to use the 3D printer with students or for classroom materials please reach out to us.


Printing Issue related to WiFi Network

Tech Tip: A resolution to a common printing issue that has come up this fall

If you can’t print from your laptop a good first step is to check to be sure that you are on either:

  • PikeNet (most Faculty and Staff)
  • or PikeAdminNet (if you are located in the front office)

To check click on WiFi symbol on the menu bar in the upper right of your Mac laptop.  

See picture below:


If you are still having printing issues and have confirmed that you are on PikeNet or PikeAdminNet please contact the Tech Department.  

Passwords

This article via Common Sense Media got me thinking about the bare minimum that our community can be doing as a first step to protect their data online.  With more and more news about privacy violations it can feel daunting to know where to start. Rather than look at a big list and feel overwhelmed, one good first step is to pick one thing to work on.  A good suggestion from the Common Sense Media article (see below) that is easy to start with is passwords:

Use tough passwords and change them frequently. The best practice for passwords is to use real words or phrases you can remember easily — but spell them incorrectly. They should be at least eight characters and have a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters, such as 5pEAzhawh$ for “five pizzas.” Even better, use a password manager like Lastpass.

We all have multiple passwords to keep up with at Pike and in our personal lives.  Many in our community use LastPass and find that it is a great help with this challenge.   If you would like help getting started with a password manager let us know and we can help.  Please reach out because if there is enough interest we could organize something that is useful for multiple people in the future.  Keep in mind that getting a handle on your passwords could be a useful step towards using some technology resources and tools in your classroom with ease to amplify learning.

FlipGrid

FlipGrid is a tool that allows student to easily upload video and an entire class set of videos can be seen in one place.  Student thinking becomes visible and engaging allowing for deeper connections between students. Teachers inspire students by setting up a topic and then students can upload their own responses and view the perspectives of their classmates, allowing the topic to extend beyond your classroom with outside class participation in the FlipGrid.


Above is an example of a FlipGrid via DoInk where a Green Screen was used for their videos and Students could transport themselves to another place for their responses.  This post has some great ideas and don’t forget that we have a Green Wall at Pike on the way up to the Tech Office if you would like to do a similar project.


For those of you using FlipGrid or interested in getting started there is a new
Educator’s Guide to FlipGrid available.  This detailed eBook outlines the How and the Why of FlipGrid and is by and for Educators to promote a tool that allows students to share their voice in the classroom.   

If you would like help getting started with FlipGrid please be in touch with the Tech Dept.

Note: Learn | Try | Amplify @PikeSchool was created with the hopes that you will be exposed to some technology tools that have the potential to amplify your daily teaching in a way that can lead to powerful learning. The book Amplify by Katie Muhtaris and Kristin Ziemke has been an excellent resource about digital learning in the elementary and middle school classroom and inspired the name of this initiative.

 

Pike Google Calendar Info

Click here to find information about Pike Google Calendars with instructions and links, so that you can add the calendars that you need access to on your personal google calendar.  This is only for Pike Faculty and Staff use.  This information has also been added to our Faculty/Staff Info Page on this site for future reference.  You can also find this post when searching this All Things Tech website.  Please let the Tech Department know if you need help with this.

Technology Spring Cleaning

(This post is intended for Faculty and Staff who have a Pike Issued iPad)

Understanding Apple ID

An Apple ID account is designed to provide a user with a single sign-in and password for all Apple Services such as iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime, iTunes, App Store and Apple devices like computers, iPads, and iPhones.

Here at Pike your Apple ID account plays a vital role in accessing Apple services, updating Apple devices, and safely backing up critical settings and data on an iPad.  

To learn more about Apple ID: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203993

As part of your Technology Spring Cleaning, the month of April is a good time to check to be sure that your Pike iPad is backed up.  Please follow the 3 steps below to be sure everything is in order if you have a Pike issued iPad.  

  1. First login to iCloud.com by clicking the link below.  Knowing your specific login information is important for many reasons throughout the year.  By going to this site you are simply checking to be sure that you know your current Apple ID and password.  If you successfully login here you can skip to step 3.
    https://www.icloud.com/
  2. If you are unable to log in above you can visit the below Apple ID page to find forgotten Apple passwords and ID information.  Once you resolve your issue remember to take note of your password information. *If you don’t know this information it is likely that you will run into problems throughout the year.  
    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/explore/managing-apple-id
  3. Most Important Step: Successfully backup your Pike iPad or check that you have a recent backup.  Click the link below for instructions:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977

If you need assistance with any of the above steps please contact the Tech Department.

 

Green Wall

As of today we now have a green wall for students to use for video projects!  It can be found in the hallway on the way up to the Tech Office and the paint hardly had time to dry before our students started using the wall for projects this morning.  This should be a great addition for Upper School students, but anyone at Pike should feel welcome to use it.

A green screen can be a great way for students (and teachers) to be creative with digital media.  If you are looking for ideas, the following article has a lot of good information about How to Integrate a Green Screen Wall into any classroom.  Please be in touch with the Tech Dept. if you would like help trying any of these ideas.

Special Thanks to Maintenance who literally 
turned this wall     —–>    to this overnight!

  

Thank you so much to Rick, Mark, Watson and Will for making this happen!!!

Periodic Table of VR and AR Apps

The New Periodic Table Of iPad Apps for Augmented and Virtual Reality was created by Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist and curated by Steve Bambury @VIRTUALITEACH 

There is a new periodic table of apps devoted entirely to augmented and virtual reality iOS apps that can be used in the classroom.  Click here to read the entire post about this amazing new tool created by Mark Anderson and Steve Bambury. The periodic table is broken down into 8 categories (STEM, Creativity, Geography, Story Telling, Art, Teaching, Science and History) so you can look at it by color according to the subject you are interested in. There is also an interactive version of the Periodic Table of VR and AR apps on Thinglink so you that can easily located all the apps mentioned on the chart.

So far, I had fun exploring the Renwick Gallery Wonder 360 app in the Art category and was able to virtually travel to Washington, DC and experience some contemporary large scale installations made with unexpected materials from the comfort of my chair at Pike.


If you are looking for new tools that could help you integrate AR or VR into your classroom this could be what you were looking for to spark some ideas and get you started. If you need further help please be in touch with the Tech Department.

Revisiting Google Arts & Culture

We introduced Google Arts & Culture last winter, but there have been many updates since it was first released so it seemed like a good time to revisit this awesome free resource.

First off, you may have heard of the Google Arts & Culture feature that lets you match your face to a famous painting that went viral over last weekend.  If you would like to join in on the fun, download the app if you haven’t already and scroll down until you see the Is your portrait in a museum? function and take and submit your photo (I did a screenshot to grab my image when complete by pressing and holding the off and the home buttons at the same time).


Beyond this fun activity you can still virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via a browser or with their free iPad app.  The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks and they are constantly adding to the collection.  This timely new addition helps users celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by exploring a dynamic historical collection of his sermons, speeches and correspondences.

Google Arts and Culture is the perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum.  If you would like help giving this a try with your class please contact the tech department.