Monday, June 30, 2014

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Energy3D design program

Energy3D is a computer-aided engineering tool for students to design, analyze, and construct model green buildings. Students can quickly sketch up a building and then evaluate its energy performance for any given day and location. Based on computational physics, Energy3D can rapidly generate time graphs (resembling data loggers) and heat maps (resembling infrared cameras) for in-depth analyses.

At the end of the design, Energy3D allows students to print it out, cut out the pieces, and use them to assemble a physical model. Energy3D has been developed for children of age 6-18 and can be used in math, engineering, or physics classes. Because of its playful interface, it may also be considered as a design and construction game.

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Google Classroom Preview

Any teachers out there interested in a preview of Google Classroom might be interested in this little video from Google Gooru. They're saying it will be out in Sept. and looks like it will have some nice organizing elements for working with your classes - you can treat it somewhat like a class webpage and include links to videos or other sites; set up templates for students to work off of; grading, etc.

Looks interesting...though he does mention that it does not have the full capacity that Doctopus or Edmodo those teachers who have been working in those programs might want to stick with them for now...It does, however, still has some great components that I think a lot of us can easily figure out how to incorporate into our classes...