Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kind Gestures and Positive Attitudes

Brad and I are very fortunate to travel around the world to work with amazing students and educators. Each place we visit, we are met with kind gestures and positive attitudes. Students at The Kamehameha School in Maui, Hawaii gave us one of the kindest gestures yet with this Oli Mahalo Thank You Chant to thank us for visiting their school! Head over to the Two Guys and Some iPads Facebook page to see more from our visit to Hawaii! Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

FREE Platforms and Websites to Create and Download 3D Models!

I tried for a long time to learn how to 3D model! It is very difficult! I have since spent a lot of time researching the best way to create or download 3D content. I have found the following websites, and platforms for you and your students to create 3D models! 

3D Modeling for Beginners

Tinkercad is free platform from Autodesk that makes creating 3D models easy! You and your students can click on the "Learn" button at the top of the page to access great interactive tutorials. These tutorials are a step by step walk you through on how to create various designs. Once finished, Tinkercad allows you to download your creation for Minecraft, order a 3D Print, or upload it to Thingiverse. You also have the option to download your creation to 3D print.
Check out This Getting Started Project (PDF) from It walks you through the steps to make a boat, complete with fun cutout shapes for windows. Print it out, or read it on-screen, and start building!

SketchUp users are architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. They are the people who shape the physical world. They are important, and they deserve great tools because great tools produce great work.
Great tools are ones you look forward to using. They do one thing (or maybe two) really, really well. They let you do what you want without having to figure out how. They help with hard or boring tasks so that you can focus on being creative, or productive, or both. And they are, in their own way, beautiful.

At SketchUp, we do our best to make great tools for drawing. For our users, drawing is thinking. They draw to explore ideas, to figure things out, to show other people what they mean. They draw because they love it, and because nothing great was ever built that didn't start with a great drawing.

Websites to Download Free 3D Models  

Sketchfab is the leading platform to publish and find the best 3D content, anywhere online. Millions of people make 3D models or scan the real world in 3D, why would they share this in 2D? What YouTube did for video makers, or SoundCloud for musicians, we want to do for creators of 3D content.
You can upload files in almost any 3D format (we support 28), directly on or using one of our exporters, in order to upload from your favorite 3D creation tool. Once your models are on Sketchfab, you can embed them on any web page, and share them on other platforms like Tumblr, WordPress, BÄ“hance, Facebook, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, deviantART…

MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.

Pinshape's mission is to make 3D printing simple and fun. We strive to empower our users by offering an easy-to-use platform that lets them explore, share and download high-quality 3D printable designs. We aim to build an engaging community of innovative makers and designers of all experience levels, who are helping to shape the future of 3D printing.

Advanced 3D Modeling Platforms

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases. Blender is well suited to individuals and small studios who benefit from its unified pipeline and responsive development process. Examples from many Blender-based projects are available in the showcase.
Blender is cross-platform and runs equally well on Linux, Windows and Macintosh computers. Its interface uses OpenGL to provide a consistent experience. To confirm specific compatibility, the list of supported platforms indicates those regularly tested by the development team.

As a community-driven project under the GNU General Public License (GPL), the public is empowered to make small and large changes to the code base, which leads to new features, responsive bug fixes, and better usability. Blender has no price tag, but you can investparticipate, and help to advance a powerful collaborative tool: Blender is your own 3D software.

Unity is a flexible and powerful development platform for creating multiplatform 3D and 2D games and interactive experiences. It's a complete ecosystem for anyone who aims to build a business on creating high-end content and connecting to their most loyal and enthusiastic players and customers.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Create 3D Models with Mobile Devices

Structure Sensor is the World's first ever 3D sensor for mobile devices! The small sensor clips to your iPad using a bracket and connects using cable. I was lucky enough to get one very early on and it has only got better since then. Check out some magnificent apps below that work with Structure Sensor. 

itSeez3D is a mobile 3D scanner that allows your iPad, with the Occipital’s Structure Sensor, to capture color and structure information of the world and process them into realistic 3D models. Use it to scan your family and friends as well as things you would like to copy in 3D, e.g., toys, shoes etc. Share your 3D models on from the app and become a part of the growing 3D community! Other features include:
• Capture high-resolution color and structure data
• Augmented reality feedback is used to improve your scanning experience
• Send captured data to the cloud and get a great 3D model back in a few minutes
• Share the 3D model by email in .ply or .obj formats or on

Find out more at

Pink Dog scanned with Structure Sensor and itSeez3D App

Scanner allows you to Capture objects in 3D with your Structure Sensor. This simple and easy to use application allows you to capture 3D models of objects and people by simply walking around them with your iPad and the Structure Sensor accessory. Captured objects can be sent via email (uses OBJ format). Download the new "Structure Sensor Calibrator" app for best color results.

Room Capture allows you to capture a room in 3D with your Structure Sensor. Capturing a 3D model of an entire room is now delightfully easy. Simply tap 'Start', and slowly pan around your room, and a model is built in realtime as you watch. When you've finished, the model can be explored with natural touch gestures. Models are scale-accurate. You can use a measuring tool to measure distance between any two points.

123D Catch 
Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary 3D models. Capture places, people and things in 3D using your iPad, iPhone, Android device, or any camera. Share your catches, or 3D print a real object!

Tinkerplay (Formerly Modio)
Modio has been acquired by Autodesk and renamed as Tinkerplay. According to the Modio website, this is the reason for the new name:
"You may be wondering why the name change? Well, Tinkercad is an incredible web app from Autodesk that allows you to create custom 3D parts and we will be working on making Tinkercad and Tinkerplay work closely together in the future. As a first step, we’ve added a number of Tinkerplay parts and connectors to Tinkercad so you can start to experiment with making your own parts. "
Tinkerplay gives you the ability to unleash your creativity and design 3D characters. Tinkerplay has a large built in library of shapes, textures,  and colors to design and personalize your character. Also included are character templates that walk you through you how to create. Full multi-touch support allows you to design and build with friends. You can modify and move each part and your finished creation can be exported to work with any desktop 3D printer. 

Morphi is a new 3D modeling and printing app for all! In Morphi, anyone can create printable 3D models (STL files) on the go using touch, without wifi or a mouse. Try the app for free and buy additional tools and features in our In-App Store.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Resources from #MACUL15

This past week was the annual MACUL Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI. We were extremely honored to be asked MACUL Executive Director Mark Smith and MACUL Board President Tammy Maginity to be featured speakers as well as give the closing keynote. Being Michigan Educators, MACUL is very special to Brad and I. MACUL is also the first place we ever shared the tools we were using in our classrooms! Find the resources from our sessions below.
#2GuysShow LIVE from MACUL
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Two Guys Sessions at 2015 MACUL Conference

Bring A New Dimension To Learning With Augmented Reality

Transform learning and teaching using Augmented Reality in the classroom. This session will focus on the latest in Augmented Reality and how to implement this technology into the classroom to engage students and transform learning. See incredible demos and the latest in augmented reality apps. Find out what everyone is talking about!

Inspire Innovation By Fostering Collaboration and Creativity

True innovation happens when collaboration and creativity are given the opportunity to run wild! Finding many different solutions to the same problem creates outside the box thinking. Using technology with this approach, breeds innovation and collaboration. During this session we will tackle an abundance of web tools and applications to get students working to reach new heights. Come explore how to use technology as a tool to inspire student INNOVATION, COLLABORATION, and CREATIVITY!
Structure Sensor

Closing Keynote: 
Culture, Innovation, and Learning: A 21st Century Paradigm Shift

See how Social Media and 21st Century technology impact learning, culture and relationships in the educational landscape.

Videos included in Closing Keynote Presentation

Closing Keynote Introduction

Medieval Helpdesk

Social Media Video 2013 by Erik Qualman

The Reader

21st Century Education

The One Book (End of Keynote)

We would like to thank everyone who attended our sessions at MACUL! We hope you left inspired and will find the tools we shared useful to impact the students you work with! If you are interested in having Brad or I work with your students, staff, district, or conference, please contact us at or You can also find us on Twitter @TechMinock and @techbradwaid

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Does Homework Help or Hinder a Students Love of Learning?

I have read a lot of articles, blog posts, and tweets recently regarding a VERY sensitive subject: Homework. This debate has really heated up lately when a New York school stopped giving homework, and told kids to play. 

Many questions are often asked when debating this subject:
Is homework beneficial to our kids? 
Is homework only about the content? 
Does it take away from important family time? 
Do parents want homework for their children?
What amount is the right amount? 
Is it meaningful?
Does it positively impact learning? 

I whole heartedly believe fostering a love for learning in kids is a educator's most important role! So my question is: 
Does homework foster a student's love for learning or hinder it? 

I strongly believe time homework not only hinders a students love of learning but also takes away from important time with family. I would compare most homework to those meetings that should have been an email. Most homework assignments should be done in class.
Image from Dr. Justin Tarte
Quality time with family is already limited for so many families, and that time should not be taken up doing homework. I strongly support P.S. 116's decision to eliminate homework. It seems like society expects kids to grow up quicker and earlier than ever before. I think we should allow kids play, explore, participate in after school activities, and enjoy family without the worry of homework. 

Here are just a few resources to form your opinion:
Should Homework be Mandatory? Here is one classes thoughts #comments4kids (Orginally shared on Twitter by William Chamberlian

Several great posts by my friend Pernille Ripp. In my opinion, Pernille is one of the best writers in education.

"School stops giving homework, tells kids to play, adults FREAK out" by Emma Lord

"Homework around the world: how much is too much?" by Olivia Goldhill

"Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a complete waste of time" by Jordan Rosenfeld

"How Necessary is Homework? Join the Conversation"

What is your thought on homework? Please share your viewpoint in the comments below!