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8 EDUCATION WEEK n APRIL 3, 2013 n DIGITAL DIRECTIONS > Tracking news and ideas in educational technology 3-D Printing Classes In a Virginia School Attract Global Visitors By Bryan McKenzie The Daily Progress Charlottesville, Va. With a Japanese television news crew keeping close watch on a recent school day, Buford Middle School science students crafted their own sound speakers from plastic and paper. They did it using threedimensional printers and computerdesign software to produce plastic supports, paper cones, and other pieces. “I think it’s interesting that they’re including 3-D computerization and printing into the education program at this level and what it means for the future of job training in the U.S.,” said Takashi Yanagisawa, a correspondent with Japan’s Nippon Television. “This is what President Obama talked of in his State of the Union address, about bringing technology into schools for job training.” Mr. Yanagisawa and his colleagues are producing a segment for Japa- nese TV that will feature the class at the Virginia school as an example of efforts in the United States to bring more technology into schools. “We’re in on the ground floor of bringing manufacturing and technology into the classrooms,” said James M. Henderson, the assistant superintendent for administration services for the 3,900-student Charlottesville city school system. “We’re participating with Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia, and we hope to make this a 7th-through-12thgrade program. This is the start.” The start is the result of a $300,000 state grant to create a “laboratory school for advanced manufacturing technologies.” The school is a collaboration between the University of Virginia and its home city to teach science and engineering in public schools and prepare students for high-tech jobs. It also provides future teachers experience combining engineer- Norm Shafer for Education Week Initiative emphasizes science, engineering ing concepts and traditional science education. University officials hope the concept is eventually picked up by schools across the country. County and in Charlottesville and Albemarle County high schools. The sites each will be linked to one another and the University of Virginia via videoconferencing. Next school year, the lab school plans to offer courses to 500 or so 8th Costs Drop graders at the two middle schools. Eventually, advanced manufac- Each school year, a new grade level turing-technology programs will is scheduled to be added. High school be added at Jack Jouett Middle students eventually would get the School in neighboring Albemarle chance to study advanced manufac- THANK YOU IS ONLY THE BEGINNING The Herff Jones Teacher Shout Out celebrates the difference that educators like you make in our lives. Get involved today with a Shout Out of thanks to a favorite teacher or a vote for a colleague. Your vote could earn rewards for your peers and your school, while being a part of a growing community of gratitude. ©2013 Herff Jones, Inc. Vote today at Carter Gillaspie, 14, examines a paper cone to be used in a stereo speaker that his group designed and built using 3-D printing technologies at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Va.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - April 3, 2013

Education Week - April 3, 2013
Test Rules Differ Between Groups for Special Ed.
Consortia Struggle With ELL Provisions
FOCUS ON: ASSOCIATIONS: Leadership Shifts in Changing Field
Safety Plan for Schools: No Guns
Access to Common Exams Probed
News in Brief
Report Roundup
Gaps Found in Access to Qualified Math Teachers
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: 3-D Printing Classes In a Virginia School Attract Global Visitors
Arizona Weighing ‘Performance Funding’ For Schools
L.A. ‘Incubator School’ to Teach Startup Tactics
Blogs of the Week
Cantor Raises Profile on Schooling Issues
Calif. Districts’ Waiver Bid Heads to Review Phase
Policy Brief
Congress Tweaks Special Education Funding Mandates
Marriage Arguments Hit Children’s Issues
ROBIN LAKE & ALEX MEDLER: Do Charter Schools Serve Special-Needs Students? The Answer Is Complicated
ARTHUR H. CAMINS: Assessing the Impact Of New Science Standards
LAURIE BARNOSKI: School Leaders: Make Sure Your Teachers Don’t Lose Heart
TopSchoolJobs Recruitment
DAVID BERNSTEIN: It’s Time to Mainstream Progressive Education

Education Week - April 3, 2013