DEC Scan Journal : Volume 33 Issue 4
2014 Volume 33, Issue 4 50 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Technology innovation at Lake Mac Libraries Lake Mac Libraries are dedicated to bringing innovative programming to its community and supporting a culture of lifelong learning. The speed of developments in technology can leave people isolated, or those enthused by progress may lack the opportunity to access it. It is for these reasons the library is happy to support our local schools and students by offering 3D printing. By offering 3D printing, we are able to work with students who wish to create innovative and inventive products within alternative learning environments or those that have a need for collaboration, and project-based learning. Since its introduction, the printer has been very popular with the community. Our local students from pre-schoolers to teens, and diverse groups such as local high schools to scout groups, have been especially keen users. Objects printed have been just as varied – glow in the dark Star wars figurines, personalised pens and jewellery. Everyone has access to the printer and we encourage people to bring along projects to print or there are many freely available designs on the internet at sites such as Thingiverse. com. Future plans for the 3D printer include Tinkercad training sessions that will provide students with skills to create their very own designs. Anjana Barnett, Library Shared Services Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City Council Tinkercad tutorial video References and further reading Clark, C. and Hawkins, L. 2011, ‘Public Libraries and literacy: young people’s reading habits and attitudes to public libraries, and an exploration of the relationship between public library use and school attainment’, National literacy trust: words for life, accessed 26 October 2014. Curriculum Corporation 2006, ‘Productive partnerships: public and school libraries promoting lifelong learning’, SCIS Connections, 56 (1), pp. 12-13, accessed 20 October 2014. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) 2011, Strengthening family and community engagement in student learning, accessed 20 October 2014. MakerBot Industries 2014, Thingiverse, accessed 28 October 2014. Miller, R. 2013, ‘That collaborative spirit, changing times demand more complex partnerships’, School Library Journal, accessed 20 October 2014. Moore, D. 2013, ‘One card to rule them all: right here, right now!, Words, Summer 2013, p. 6-9. Spelman, A and Kelly, P. 2004, ‘In visible light: illuminating partnerships across libraries to facilitate lifelong learning for young people’, Aplis 17(1) March 2004, pp. 4-26, accessed 20 October 2014. Tinkercad Tinkercad 2012, ‘Tinkercad tutorial video’, YouTube, accessed 28 October 2014.
Volume 33 Issue 3
Volume 34 Issue 1