Tinkercad Receives ISTE Seal of Alignment for Student Readiness

ISTE-(Tinkercad)_SoA-SealThis week more than 20,000 K-12 educators met at the annual ISTE conference in Denver, CO. Tinkercad was awarded the ISTE Seal of Alignment for Student Readiness.

The ISTE Seal of Alignment program reviews and recognizes resources for their alignment to the ISTE Standards. Products and services submitted to the program undergo a rigorous review by a panel of standards experts and are evaluated based on the extent to which they build the skills embodied in the standards indicators.

The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter where they or their teachers are in the thoughtful integration of ed tech.

We are thrilled that Tinkercad met the criteria to support learning in the classroom. Below is additional information from our review panel. 

ISTE Seal of Alignment reviewers used the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students to evaluate Tinkercad tool and lessons that introduce users to the tool and its applications. Specifically, we looked at the ways they can help students develop foundational knowledge and skills that would support acquisition of the more complex knowledge and skills described in the 2016 student standards.

Six of the lessons are focused on the basics of the Tinkercad tool including its robust set of features, a library of shapes, and step-by-step hands-on design activities. These are followed by another 39 (currently) lessons that walk students through the steps of making a variety of useful or artistic objects of increasing complexity.

The Tinkercad tool itself is easy-to use, versatile and powerful. It lends itself to the creation of models of almost anything that can be assembled with the tools and shapes included. The ability to use designs created by Tinkercad as input to 3D printers adds to its power and its appeal to users.

The lessons, like the site, are well-designed, user-friendly and engaging. They are based primarily on a guided practice approach, but users have to make some decisions in the process.In  addition, users are encouraged to start with a previous design and “tinker” with it to refine it or to create something wholly new.

Likewise, the web site offers opportunities for users to work collaboratively with others to create designs collaboratively. While we aren’t reviewing the web site as such, it represents encouragement for users to think and work independently, collaboratively and creatively and to approach problem-solving in a variety of ways.

REVIEW METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS
On the basis of the high quality of the tools and learning materials on the Tinkercad site and their value in building knowledge and skills foundational to proficiency in the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students, ISTE reviewers determined that Tinkercad supports readiness for the following standards and indicators:

1. Empowered Learner
1.d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

4. Innovative Designer
4.a. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4.b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4.c. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
4.d. Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

5. Computational Thinker
5.a. Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
5.b. Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.

6. Creative Communicator
6.a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6.b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

ISTE Statement of Alignment
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) completed a Seal of Alignment for Readiness review of Tinkercad on June 1, 2016. ISTE determined that this resource provides an effective foundation for successfully acquiring knowledge and skills