3DTin – Build 3-D Models

3D-Tin is a very cool program that helps students build 3-D models right in the web-browser.  This is similar to Google Sketch-Up, but it doesn’t have to be installed locally, is cloud-based, and feels a little more intuitive.  The site has an enormous amount of tutorials and lessons, starting very simply and working through the more difficult stuff later on.

Project-Based Learning:  3D models could be a great way deliverable for lots of different projects, but especially anything that requires a model – cells, DNA, processes like energy transfers, earth structure, or “how does it work” type displays (a lightbulb, for instance).  Think of it like MineCraft, but actually related to a project!

Here’s a simple tutorial from the website:

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