If your college is planning on purchasing a 3D printer, makes sure it checks out these 5 considerations. The considerations include which printers cut material costs, promote a green environment, offer multi-print functions, offer different material bases and which printer companies might invest back into the school after the purchase.
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The Millennial workforce is slowly taking over, and studies suggest that by 2025 Millennials will comprise a majority of the workforce. However, Millennials have a very different view of what the workplace should look like than their predecessors. Growing up with technology, it stands to reason that millennials expect and seek out technology in the workplace. Gaining the best Millennial talent means installing necessary technology, including touch screen capabilities.
Before investing in solar energy to power campus, colleges should consider state regulations, the overall ROI, purchasing plan options, how much power is needed and where the panels will be installed.
High school physics teacher, Kristy Bibbey finds a way to make her class engaging for everyone. By combining a Vernier microphone, SMART Board and various musical instruments, Bibbey creates a visual representation of waveform, wavelength and frequency for her students.
Allison Eckley from the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) discusses the Energy Freedom Act, and how its third-party sales initiatives will allow colleges to purchase energy from renewable energy companies of their choice.
Synergy Media Group CEO Bill McIntosh demonstrates how the “value on investment” formula can better determine the ROI of a technology.
EduComm Expo 2015 will debut in Atlanta this coming fall, and will feature a show floor and educational sessions for technology managers in higher education.
The Art Center College of Design purchased a paper-based 3D printer by Mcor to cut the cost of printing materials and promote an environmentally-friendly atmosphere. The printer enables students to use regular, 8.5 x 11 copy paper to craft 3D models, which decreased material costs for the school. Plus, the printer’s unused paper scraps can be recycled, and its printing materials are nontoxic and safe for student use. Before other colleges follow in the Art College of Design’s footprints and purchase their own paper-based 3D printers, they should consider what their printing needs are, consider the long-term ROI the printer would offer, and invest in a printer company that will invest back into the school.
HigherEdTD announces its focus on green technologies for May, and its trip to the University Conference on Teaching, Learning and Technology.
Too often, educators work in silos when it comes to technology decisions. Instead of including all stakeholders, each department goes at it alone. This results in poor decisions, wasted money and technology that is not in alignment with curriculum goals. Next time you make a tech decision, be sure to include teachers, administrators and technology managers.