This month’s NYCIST meeting is being hosted at Marymount’s 97th street building where Jaymes Dec set up a Fab Lab (short for Fabrication Lab, though Fabulous Lab would be apt as well). The space he designed and the number of machines he has gathered is impressive. Even more impressive are the awesome projects his students are doing.
Jaymes will be giving a talk at the third annual TEDxNYED taking place on April 28 at the Museum of the Moving Image. See the full lineup of speakers here: http://tedxnyed.com
Saying there’s a lot going on in the Exhibit Hall of ISTE11 is gross understatement. Unlike my Aunt Debbie, I made it out of there without four tote bags overflowing with schwag. For me, the Exhibit Hall is about saying “Hi” to vendors I know and trust, avoiding the awkward hard sell, being wow’d by the next “must have” integrative technology, and summoning the joy of trick-or-treating with all the free candy offered on every table.
Below is an incomplete list of booths and presenters (whether old or new to me) I found compelling enough to write down in order to share with my faculty:
Pixologic http://Pixologic.com for 3D modeling software (export files to our 3D printer!) Sculptris – free, lite version ZBrush – full feature
EasyBib http://easybib.com Free bibliography composer Now let’s you make online notecards!
Parat http://paratsolutions.com Finally came out with an iPad tray to charge and sync 10 iPads. You have to charge it in their case, and they are demo’ing a prototype of the case (which I guess they’ll be packaging with the tray?)
Bretford http://bretford.com/apple PowerSync Tray for iPad – charges and syncs 10 devices, can be daisychained (but why buy 3 trays and not one cart unless you like the size of the tray) PowerSync Cart for iPad – charges and syncs 30 devices
UPrint by Dimension http://dimensionprinting.com UPrint 3D printing by Stratasys $15K prints up to 8x6x6″ $20K prints up to 8x8x6 $30K prints up to 8x8x12 $33K prints up to 10x10x12 $110K prints up to 14x16x14
iPevo http://ipevo.com iPevo2 document camera Chopstakes multitouch styli Cushi pillow stand for iPad
Epson’s Brightlink 455wi http://Epson.com/brightlink $1600 without software $1800 with RM Easiteach Unlike the eBeam, no additional equipment needed besides projector, surface, computer Infrared signal links from projector to pen tracks everything, 16:10 ratio throw Not multi-touch Projector has built-in wifi and speaker, ports for additional speaker
Livescribe http://livescribe.com Besides the Echo Smartpen, I was psyched to learn about Sound Stickers and Sticky Notes. Sound stickers – circles you can program with specific audio! Put them on pages of books and kids can tap it with pen to make audio play Sticky notes – sticky notes with dot patterns just like the notebooks They are partnering with http://Harvardsquareacademy.org – not public yet – and getting a community of minds from Harvard and MIT sharing content and lessons to give expertise to students in the classroom
Library of Congress http://loc.gov/teachers How and why to use primary resources, suggested tools for gathering primary resources
Lego Education http://LEGOeducation.us Jason Yount at Tech Support shared a ton of information http://tiltedtwister.com – can get the building plans and compiled code (Java) for Rubiks Cube solving robot http://tetrixrobotics.com for pics and plans of robots using tetrix pieces (claw design) Labview – industry standard software, $500-600 site license. Has help feature to assist you as you translate from RoboLab or Mindstorms into LabView WeDo – LabView for little kids – pretty basic looking programming language Renewable Energy Add-on and Activity Pack – need to purchase the new Simple Machines kit
Polyvision http://polyvision.com Eno Play turns Eno board (the whole board!) into a speaker! Fuse – document camera, web camera, and scanner in one
Vernier http://vernier.com Vernier is the developer of Logger and tons of sensors $1.99 Video Physics app – capture or import video with iPad (basketball, swing set, cars, conveyor belt) graph, share to Logger Pro and measure away
Doceri http://doceri.com Use iPad to control interactive whiteboard screen, write over and edit and play back
One More Story http://onemorestory.com Online library Child chooses a book and can experience it in one of three ways: either fully animated and controlled by computer, read by narrator, or read independently $1.20 per child per year – 100 student minimum $44 for a home license Will be available in the fall as an app
Sparkfun http://sparkfun.com Top reseller of Arduino projects Program with Modkit – upgraded version of Scratch (modulation code) They bundle an Inventor’s Guide As an educator – email firstname.lastname@example.org and get digital or paper educator guides with worksheets for teaching with Arduino!!!!
FableVision http://fablevisionlearning.com/fabatschool Fablevision is developing the software for the 3D printer made by Cornell University Prints models with hard plastic, silicon, latex, cheese whiz, frosting Printer will be about $1000 or less Comes in a kit to built Hopefully available to purchase by september.
2Bot physical modeling technologies http://2bot.com 3D classroom modeling, Uses a drill bit to cut through blocks of approved materials (foam, wax, wood) 12x12x2 blocks but separate “printouts” can be pieced together. Under $10K