How to Use Tinkercad!

I love 3D printing with students! I continue to be amazed by student creativity in what they design. Check out some 3D cells 5th graders designed and printed a while back.

Tinkercad is an easy way to start the design process. Check out the video below to get started.

Digital Learning Day is Almost Here!

February 23rd is Digital Learning Day! That’s this THURSDAY!!!!

Digital Learning Day is a time to try a new digital tool with your class or use an old digital tool in a new way. Check out this short video about DLD!!

The Elementary ITRTs worked together to create various digital breakouts to use with your students. Digital breakouts are a way for students to show their knowledge through cross curricular activities. These digital breakouts require no planning on your part and still over concepts you’ve been teaching in your class. All you need is a computer for each group of students working on the breakout.

Use the following website to complete a Digital Breakout with your students. Contact me if you have any questions!

CovaisTech Roundup Episode 2!

Round Up

Episode 2! In this episode I talk about 3D printing, the Hour of Code and literacy activities on the iPad.

Links to what I talk about:
3D Cell lesson
Hour of Code
Puppet EDU


3D Printed Cells!

The time has come to teach animal and plant cells in 5th grade. I’m pretty sure it’s been the same lesson for a while now.

“Look at this diagram of a cell. Here are the parts. Great, now label it on this handout.”

Ms. Grigg and I wanted to break this boring cycle and do something new for her students to show their knowledge of cells. We decided to have the students design a three dimensional cell on the computer, and then print it out using a 3D printer.

We first had the class get on Tinkercad to start designing their cell. Tinkercad is a super easy way to create 3D figures for free. All students need to do is create an account, using their Google sign in information. Once in the accounts students just dragged and dropped shapes to create their cells.

The students had about a week to work on their cell design. Mrs. Grigg made sure her class had about 10 to 15 minutes a day to work on their cells. Some of the students were so excited that they worked on it at home!

Once the students were satisfied with their design we started printing. They were amazed on how what they designed on the computer was now something they can hold in their hands. The best part of the lesson was seeing the students’ faces while they were explaining the parts of their cell.

Mrs. Grigg’s class learned that the 3D printer wasn’t just a fun toy, but a powerful tool. They can’t wait until we use this tool again.

#TechTakeout Arrives at Seven Pines!

Last Friday, the Tech Takeout team visited Seven Pines Elementary! The fifth grade teachers noticed that students needed some review with the fourth grade SOLs 4.7 and 4.8 (the solar system) with a connection to their fifth grade SOL 5.6 on oceans. Everyone was super pumped for a Science themed Tech Takeout, because who doesn’t love Science?? Mrs. Gross, the librarian was kind enough to let us use her awesome library to host the three classes and we worked with laptops and IPads that are housed in the fifth grade classrooms. Special thanks to Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Marazzo, and Mrs. Bottari for letting us borrow their fantastic fifth graders on Friday morning! #SevenPines is a great place to be!


In Miss Aquilina and Mrs. Robinson’s group, students used the PicCollage app (in freestyle mode) to create an inspiration collage. We pulled in photos from a Comemories site, added a selfie, and played with the background and stickers. Then, we saved the photos to the Camera Roll on the IPads and opened the ChatterKids app. We pulled the photo into ChatterKids, drew a mouth over our selfie’s mouth, and record some narration of the photos. Most fifth graders chose at least one ocean photo and one solar system photo, which was cool! It was so hilarious to see our selfies talking; everyone had a blast with this activity! Here’s Michael’s:


Students in Mr. Covais’ and Ms. Browne’s group focused on how the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun create seasons. Using Google Slides, the students imported pictures of the sun and Earth. They duplicated the slides and they then selected a sticker to place on the Earth. After rotating the picture to demonstrate the tilt of the Earth they downloaded the slides to their desktop and imported them into Windows Movie Maker. Finally they copied and duplicated the slides to make the movie about a minute long. The students published the movie to share with classmates. Everyone did a great job!


Students in Mr. C’s and Mrs. Green’s group created 3D models of the solar system using Tinkercad. They used different resources to gather information about the relative size of each planet. Then they logged into Tinkercad using their HCPS Google information and started tinkering! They referenced their resources as they built to make sure that the sizes, colors, and order was correct. Take a look at this awesome example:


To celebrate Computer Science Week, the student in Mrs. Hues & Mrs. Taylor’s group used Scratch to code the movement of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. They were provided a template with the sprites, but they had to add the background image, code for each sprite, and voice recordings to explain their model. When students were finished, they shared their projects and uploaded them to this studio. Check out this great student example!


Thank you again to Mrs. Hall, Mrs Marazzo, Mrs. Bottari, Mrs. Gross, and Mrs. Mothershead for having us for an awesome TechTakeout at Seven Pines Elementary!