3D Innovation Comes to Education at the NCSS Conference

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Sources and Solutions, LLC., launches Teacher Guided 3D Learning in the Cloud Software at the 93rd Annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference in St. Louis

Artifacts Teach represents a new wave of using technology in the classroom

Sources and Solutions, LLC, a Colorado-based educational resource development company, officially released Artifacts Teach at the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) conference in St. Louis, MO last week. Artifacts Teach uses 3D technologies to help students develop critical thinking skills across four core disciplines: math, science, social studies, and language arts.

“Artifacts Teach is the result of years of conversations with my colleagues and peers,” said Matt Arleth, co-designer of Artifacts Teach. “We wanted to include artifacts in our classrooms to reinforce our lesson plans. Artifacts are mostly found in museums and it was not practical to take our students to a museum each week. So why not bring the museum to the students?”

“The idea is simple,” said Bill Virden, co-designer of Artifacts Teach. “Use 3D technologies to create and interactive learning environment.” Teachers can create standalone lessons or use Artifacts Teach to augment an existing lesson plan. Teachers are able to manage their class rosters, create and grade assignments, create lessons, and more – all from a single web-based interface.”

Artifacts Teach is a new, innovative approach to incorporating computer technologies into the classroom. When a student logs into his or her Artifacts Teach account, all active assignments appear on the dashboard. The student clicks into an assignment, and using the tool bar, he or she interacts with the artifact and answers the teacher’s questions. Teachers can then monitor a student’s progress and offer the student feedback through the system interface.

“This [Artifacts Teach] is awesome,” said Aaron McElhattan, a special education middle school math teacher. “The system is so easy to use – I didn’t need tutorials or any instructions. It was very intuitive.”

“Teachers can test Artifacts Teach free for 30 days,” continues Virden. “They don’t have to enter a credit card to create an account, and a trial account has 100% access to all the system’s features.” Teachers are invited to go to http://artifactsteach.com and create their free trial account.

Artifacts Teach was developed by Sources and Solutions. Sources and Solutions, LLC, offers innovative ideas, effective assistance and experience-based support for K-12 teachers. Drawing from a combined forty years’ experience in the classroom working with students, student teachers and professional educators, Sources and Solutions provides engaging, creative, effective resources for today’s complex educational environment.

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