I was thinking about embedding this video from the Case Foundation in our “About” page; because this is what our site is about. Good stuff.
The price of enterprise-class 3D printers is now under $2,000. Maybe it’s time we started thinking about some of the potential uses of 3D printing in community engagement?
The opportunities for this technology to support small creative enterprises is tremendous. The next surge in manufacturing jobs may just be in manufacturing customized products one at a time. Knowledge sharing will also benefit, as tangible objects of all types will be created to make learning (including applied learning) just a little more real.
Spend a few minutes with this PBS video called, Will 3D Printing Change the World?” You’ll probably think of many, many more community-centered applications for 3D printing.
Creating opportunities for students and local residents to explore local history is a great way to learn while creating an appreciation for the places we live. If you are engaged in oral history, historical event research, or any type of project that seeks to create a greater sense of place; you might consider checking out Historypin.
Historypin lets you compare historical images to current Google Maps Streetview images. If you are looking to enhance historically-focused service-learning projects,the short video below might plant a few seeds in your head.
OK, I usually focus on apps and tools that are already available for people to incorporate into their work. This, however, is just too cool not to share. I found it in a list of Netexplo Award winners for 2013.
General Motors’ R&D Department in partnership with Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, have been working on WOO, a technology that turns car windows into touch screen computer devices. The details are in this PDF. The video below provides a good overview.
I am always looking for great examples of readily available, free technologies are being used for public benefit. This sounds like a great potential civic engagement project for campuses in snowy places like Minnesota.
Developed by Code for America, Adopt-a-Hydrant helps people to claim responsibility for shoveling out a fire hydrant after it snows. The Adopt a Hydrant software is free for any city to adopt. Learn More.
From the Knight Foundation’s Technology for Engagement Initiative
There is a good piece by Courtney Martin, on the Stanford Social Innovation Review site titled: Transforming Democracy Through Digital Technology. Martin reports from the recent TEDxWomen conference, on the democracy/technology connection. Among her lessons learned:
- It’s not just you. No one’s got it quite right yet.
- Don’t build it. They won’t come.
- You are not the target user.
- Data is where it’s at.
- Optimism is the technology we need most.