Posts Tagged ‘MICA’

3D Printing Convergence

February 15, 2013

cd printing product thumbnailSuddenly there seems to be a huge convergence on the topic 3D printing.  I’ll share some links below, but perhaps the best way to first experience the wonders of 3D printing is to visit a fab lab like the one we have here at MICA.  We are in the middle of a revolution that is changing our world.  What was once either nearly impossible or prohibitively expensive is now becoming easily attainable.  Power is decentralizing as more and more people control the means of production.  Even the printers, some known as makerbots, are part of their own creation as they print the parts for the next printer to be assembled.

The convergence of interest can be seen in the following stories:  Here is a segment from NPR’s Planet Money show on why 3D printing is such a big evolution that demands our attention, these printers will really change the way we live. (listen to the whole story or read the transcript.)  This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education by Brian Matthews argues that 3D printers will become an essential part of our lives.  Last week the latest issue of the Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium came out, and guess what was on the cover?  You’re right, a 3D printer.  They see “time to adoption” as 4 to 5 years, but personally I think adoption will come sooner in 2 to 3 years.

I encourage you to look into 3D printing and visit a fab lab on your campus.  If your campus doesn’t have one, then the time is now to lobby for one.  To see some of the printers and some objects created by them, take a look at my set of photos on flickr.

iChat in the Classroom

November 2, 2010

Earlier this semester I helped Mikita Brottman, who is currently teaching a course titled “ZooOntologies” at MICA, with a live videoconference for her course.  Since we didn’t have a fully-capable videoconference room available to us, we adapted and used iChat to connect with Dr. David Priestman at Oxford University.  For an engaging 45 minutes the students were able to ask Dr. Priestman questions related to the ethical use of animals for research purposes.  Because of the desktop limitations, students took turns, seated in front of the classroom iMac, to pose their questions.  With the aid of the projector and its speaker, everyone in class was able to see and hear Dr. Priestman.  The subsequent feedback from all the participants was very positive.  This seems to show that desktop videoconferencing can work in a classroom situation with some adaptation.  In the near future we hope to have a more formally-equipped videoconference room at MICA-watch for news on this blog.

As further documentation of the event, see the photos posted below:

Welcome To My Blog

September 16, 2010

Welcome! This will be a blog to introduce faculty to technology that can help with their teaching.  In addition to highlighting current and emerging technologies, I hope to include some tips & tricks that everyone can use.

I’ve just started in a new position at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as Academic Technology Specialist.  Most of the posts here will relate to faculty at MICA, but there may be some general information that all teachers, and staff and students may find helpful.