Implications for Activating 3D printer Use for Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools

Hyojae Choi, JaMee Kim


This research aims at analysing the usage of 3D Printing in education for school grades and suggest a way to encourage schools to use 3D Printers in Education. For this, a survey was done for 3,247 teachers in Gyeonggi Province on September. Usually schools are trying to buy 3D Printers to use it with software education courses. However with this survey, it turns out that teachers use 3D Printer with after school activities, creativity and experiential activities more than a regular courses. This is because there are not many teaching and learning materials for 3D Printers to be used with regular courses and it is hard for teachers to use 3D printers with professionality due to the fact that lack of the training. Therefore, to activate 3D printers in schools, not only budget support but also trainings for teachers and developing teaching and learning materials should be involved.


3D Printer; New technology; usage; curriculum; education; training; learning materials

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