Teacher Review For Tinkercad

CAD Drawing for the Beginner Classroom

Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
For Digital Learning Day, I wanted to challenge my students using Tinkercad to create a unique object to print on the Makerbot Replicator 2. I did not give a lot of directions in using the program but set up directions for getting into the program through https://projectignite.autodesk.com. I needed to set up two different classes in Tinkercad and it was easy using a class invitational code. Once students registered through the code, they were able to complete a short tutorial using Tinkercad. The steps were easy to follow and the program was intuitive. Students enjoyed using the program to create small projects and the final product was easy to export as a download which was attached an emailed to me so that I could print these. Tinkercad allows students to easily create and design 3D projects. Help is available in the program.
My Take
I had not done a lot with a cad program so I was uncertain how using Tinerkercad would work since the students would need to explore and investigate the program. It was a successful experience and even when students didn't know what to do, I suggested they search through the help files or ask another student to assist. One suggestion for the program would be a way for students to determine print time on a 3D printer. Usually, I had students send me files and I would upload them to the Makerbot program to determine the print time. Often, I needed to tell students that they would need to size the project down because it would take too long to print.