Y Soft launches be3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lessons for educators

Teacher-tested lesson plans in STEAM subjects aid classroom instruction and immersive learning

Y Soft Corporation, has announced be3D Academy™, an online collection of 3D resources and lesson plans designed to make it easy to teach in 3D. be3D Academy is now available to educators as an additional part of YSoft be3D eDee®, a 3D printing solution designed specifically for education.

While the benefits of 3D printing in the classroom, as an immersive learning tool that engages students and makes difficult subjects easier to understand, are well understood, many educators have neither the time nor the 3D knowledge to develop lesson plans that incorporate 3D printing.

Yet, even with these barriers, schools are increasing their 3D printing adoption. Our own research (1) shows that 77 per cent of schools planned on expanding the use of 3D printing in their schools. IDC analyst, Tim Greene, stated: “We have observed the adoption of 3D printing in education not only in engineering curriculums in higher education but the technology has made its way into K-12 institutions with the recognition that this skill set will be essential in the future.” (2)

From day one, Y Soft has worked with educators around the world to understand how 3D printing could seamlessly be part of classroom learning. By designing safety features for the eDee 3D printer and ensuring that the entire flow, from design to printed 3D model, was easy for school-aged children to use without direct supervision, eDee® has continued to meet the needs of educators. With be3D Academy, educators now have an online resource of teacher-tested science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematic (STEAM) projects that quickly bring classroom subjects to life.

Each be3D Academy lesson plan offers educators a variety of tools, including 3D model files, videos, student worksheets, and presentations to help introduce the 3D project to students. Each lesson indicates the STEAM or design concepts that the project explores. be3D Academy also includes video tutorials and a 3D model database containing ready-made models that can be printed using the YSoft be3D eDee printer.

Teacher approved

Robert Havlásek, a mathematics and informatics teacher at GML Brno, said, “Our students enjoy using 3D printing in the classroom. We can see comprehension levels rising. I like that Y Soft really listens to our feedback in creating an online library of 3D printing projects for Education.”

Joseph Martindale, teacher at The Hills Sports High School, said, “The implementation of the be3D eDee printers in our classrooms has had a significant impact on the educational outcomes of our students. Utilising “ready to teach” lesson plans from the be3D Academy has provided a streamlined process for implementing effective learning intentions and has been vital in our STEM programming and implementation. Students have loved seeing their designs come to life and enjoy exploring the opportunities 3D printing provided in both the working world and the classroom.”

Elke Heiss, Y Soft Chief Marketing Officer, said, “3D printing is particularly valuable in the classroom to convey complex subjects. When students can touch and adjust physical objects they have created, understanding increases. Comprehension of STEAM subjects can be difficult, and be3D Academy’s lessons make concepts interesting and fun. be3D Academy lesson plans range from creating castles to understanding geometric shapes and volumes to creating a Da Vinci bridge as a science learning project.”

be3D Academy is open to any educator interested in bringing the benefits of 3D printing to the classroom. The lessons and provided 3D models are designed and optimised for use on YSoft be3D eDee printers with Y Soft certified filaments. be3D Academy can be found at: be3dacademy.ysoft.com

A video introduction to be3D Academy can be viewed here.

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About YSoft be3D eDee
YSoft be3D eDee is a 3D printing solution designed for education that combines a safe, enclosed and easy to use 3D printer with 3D print management software, 3D layering software, be3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lesson plans, filament (the 3D printing material) and accessories. A video overview of the entire YSoft be3D eDee 3D printing solution can be viewed here.

About Y Soft
Y Soft develops intelligent digital transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.
Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.

References: 

(1) Independent research by Dimensional Research on behalf of Y Soft.

(2) IDC Doc #US43152717 | IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 3D Printing 2018 Predictions

CompTIA and its ANZ Channel Community launch major new initiative to teach students the fundamentals of technology

 

Association will provide 3,000 students with free training and certification exam vouchers

Sydney, AustraliaCompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry, and its Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Channel Community are expanding its commitment to the region with a new initiative to train and certify 3,000 students in the fundamentals of technology.

Free courseware materials and certification exam vouchers will be made available to 3,000 students age 25 and under in Australia and New Zealand. The goal is to have the students become certified in CompTIA IT Fundamentals, a pre-career professional certification that introduces them to basic technology knowledge and skills to help them decide if a career in tech is right for them.

“From day one our commitment has been to work with the technology community across the region to help the industry advance, companies grow and individuals thrive in their careers,” said Nancy Hammervik, executive vice president for industry relations at CompTIA. “Today we’re taking the next step; to bring a new generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and technologists into our community.”

Members of the CompTIA ANZ Channel Community will leverage their professional networks to bring students and educational institutions into the program. CompTIA partners are also encouraged to get involved, as are individual students. More information on the program is available at https://www.land.certification.comptia.org/ITFANZ.

“The technology field is rich with career opportunities, whether you work for an ICT company or in another industry that relies on tech to conduct its business,” said James Bergl, APAC regional director for Datto, a leading provider of IT solutions delivered by managed service providers and chair of the CompTIA ANZ Channel Community.

“But getting that message out to young people who are beginning to think about their career options has been a major challenge for our industry,” Bergl continued. “Our free training and certification program will address that issue head on.”

“This campaign comes at a crucial time for our industry,” added Daniel Johns, head of services for ASI Solutions, a leading Australian privately-owned ICT company and vice chair of the CompTIA community. “Companies continue to seek out new tech talent to fill existing employment shortages and to expand into new areas of emerging technologies.”

In Australia, government research shows an annual increase of 21.5 percent in the demand for information and communications technology professionals; some 11,600 job openings per year.

Similarly, the tech industry is a major and growing sector in New Zealand, with exports reaching $950 million in 2016 and the industry growing at an estimated 12 percent per year.

Eligible students who participate in the program will receive free video training and a self-study e-book, as well as a complimentary exam voucher to take the test to become certified in CompTIA IT Fundamentals.

“The CompTIA IT Fundamentals curriculum allows students to explore the foundations of technology, creating a better understanding and mastery of basic digital skills,” said Loraine Vorster, vice president for business development at CompTIA. “For some, this will serve as a launching pad for a career in tech. Others will be well grounded in the fundamentals of tech that will serve them well in any career they choose to pursue.”

Students interested in the program can apply at: https://www.land.certification.comptia.org/ITFANZ.

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About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the more than 50 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more.

Wavelink appoints Hayley Dack as Territory Sales Manager for Meru Education-Grade (MEG) Wi-Fi in Australia and New Zealand

Wavelink LogoSunnyvale, Calif. and Melbourne, Australia – September 18, 2013 – Meru Networks and its Australian distributor Wavelink today announced the appointment of Hayley Dack as Territory Sales Manager for Meru Education-Grade (MEGTM) Wi-Fi in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Dack has more than eight years’ experience in sales-focused roles in the IT industry. Dack joins a dedicated team of Meru technical sales professionals comprising territory account managers and sales engineers, through which Meru and Wavelink bring Meru’s advanced wireless solutions to market.

“I’m very excited to continue the tremendous work of the Meru Networks ANZ team in K-12 and higher education,” said Dack. “Meru Networks’ recent announcement of the AP832, the world’s fastest enterprise 802.11ac access point, means that Meru can deliver a seamless upgrade path to their hundreds of existing customers in the region and gives the team an edge when working with education customers to meet their Wi-Fi needs.”

Meru’s MEG solution is designed to solve colleges’ and universities’ BYOD issues and support their uninterrupted learning applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:
1. Onboard quickly with BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access mapped to IT policies.
2. Connect all BYOD devices reliably anywhere on campus.
3. Learn by deploying validated learning and teaching applications over the MEG wireless platform.

“Meru excels in meeting educational institutions’ needs due to its solutions being explicitly developed for high density and throughput, both of which are critical due to BYOD and extensive video streaming,” said Ilan Rubin, managing director of Wavelink. “Hayley’s extensive sales experience will contribute strongly to our communicating Meru’s benefits to the education sector and driving adoption of Meru’s education solutions in the region.”

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About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom, AirTight, Nomadix and Citrix. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualised Wi-Fi solutions. Meru’s MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device onboarding and the company’s unique Context-aware Application Layers enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications, devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500 businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

Meru Networks, Meru and MEG are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.