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Open Creativity – Building a Public Makerspace

eLearningworld News Learning by doing in creative work is the spirit of the digital age, and it in this spirit the Ashland Innovation Center opened last month. The center is equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers and other high-tech tools, and are at moment open to high school students in all Ashland’s schools, but the goal is to open it to the whole Ashland Community. Besides access to the makerspace tools the center offers workshops… Continue reading

Industry 4.0 with eyes on the future

In France it is termed “Industrie du Futur”, in Japan “Society 5.0 and Connected Industries”, while in Canada it is called “Innovation and Skills Plan”, and the European Union launched in 2016 “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market”, but the most commonly used term globally is the German “Industrie 4.0”. However, the different approaches to this development give indications on the complexity of the phenomenon. Basically it is… Continue reading

Taking 3D-printing to the next level

eLearningworld News 3D-printing is seen as one of the most vital technologies in building Industry 4.0. But still the usefulness can be questioned since cost-effective 3D-printers only print one material at the time. This limits its the scope of production dramatically. Even a more advanced 3D-printer that can manage three materials (cost around $250 000) still have great limitation and are far from automatic. However, these obstacles can soon be a thing of the past… Continue reading

Farewell to formal education as we know it in Finland?

eLearningworld News Soon subjects in formal education probably only will be a subject for history writers to write about as the Finnish governmental project shows promising results. This would mean that the for centuries basic structure of school education is being wiped away in favor of theme-based, more collaborative, real-world and real-time learning. As being already an educational superpower and role model for most other countries Finland now is forming a new learning environment from… Continue reading

Latest News: Multiple-material 3-D-printing speed up transformation of manufacturing

eLearningworld News from US MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is now launching “Foundry”, which is a system for custom-designing a variety of 3-D printed objects with multiple materials. This new technology is adding a new dimension to both designing and manufacturing as well as have great prospects of speeding up the transformation from traditional manufacturing to manufacturing with 3D-printing technology. Until now multi-material 3D-rinting has been possible, but the outcome has not been… Continue reading

Latest News: Strong focus on digitization and VET gives innovation and jobs

eLearningworld News from Germany Strong focus on the needs of digitization and adapted education is strengthening innovation and gives high employment rates, this year’s OECD report “Education at a Glance 2016” shows about Germany. The positive employment results are closely linked to the strengths of the training system in Germany. The government terms this, vocational education training 4.0 (VET 4.0), that is referring to preparation for Industry 4.0, meaning a digitized and to a larger… Continue reading

3D-Printing in Education – The Digitization of Things takes learning to a new level

eLearningworld Weekly Review Think of a future where all things are created without any waste, with personalised design and with a machine that could be in everybody’s home. Buy an item on the internet and you receive a drawing that you can adapt to your own requirements or build the item by yourself from ground up, use your 3D-printer, and you got the item in your hand. No distribution cost, no waste-material and an item… Continue reading

Latest News: Harvard explores the fourth dimension: 4D-printing the next step

eLearningworld News from US 3D-printing is in an innovative stage where research institutions and companies are making fast and interesting progress to use the technology within many different fields. However, Harvard is already running successful research and development projects with 4D-printing where the fourth dimension is time. This means that researchers are creating materials that changes shape in response to environmental stimuli. The inspiration comes from how natural structures like plants respond and changes form.… Continue reading

Rethinking Math Part 2: The maker’s movement

How to improve and adapt math teaching to the digital age’s prerequisites was generally described in part 1 including Dan Meyer’s excellent TedTalk and a scene from the TV-series Numbers. In this 2nd part one of the general developments in the digital era and its connection with the rethinking math perspective will be analysed. This story also can be seen as the fifth part of our series of articles about school digitalization. Authentic Learning Models… Continue reading