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iii 2017 STEAM Conference

Presented by Tser Lin Hetherton

Design with purpose – Learn how 3D design and printing is a possibility in your classroom.

This workshop will explore how the 3D design process can be used to complement the ‘Design & Technologies’ component of the Victorian Curriculum. From an initial sketch, you will learn how to bring a design to life using 3D (CAD) software. Learn how to export your design, ready for 3D printing. It’s time to bring your ideas to life!

Skill Level: Any
Device: Your choice
App Required: 123D Design (if using an iPad)

BYO: Device

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The Fab Lab


Students and teachers can learn to design in CAD software using an iPad, Chromebook or computer. Once they have made their designs, why not bring them to life using a 3D printer.

Take a look at a range of student designs at The Fab Lab – Fabrication Lab.

Mini Tser Lin designed in CAD software – Total Hours 5, total attempts 5


Mini Tser Lin printed 11 cms tall and in ABS material


Create your own font (ttf)

Why use someone else’s font when you can create your own. Simply follow the instructions below to create your own font.



  • Access to a printer
  • Access to a scanner
  • Black fine liner


  1. Visit
  2. Download the PDF template and print
  3. Write out the alphabet, characters and numbers
  4. Scan your handwriting
  5. Upload
  6. Name your font
  7. Download it as a TTF file
  8. From your downloads, double click to install

Available now from the hand of Tser Lin is Pigeon Scrawl. Click on the image below to download Pigeon Scrawl.


Build with Chrome

Build with Chrome is a free 3D Lego builder that allows students and teachers to unleash their imagination on a base plate. The website enables users to build  their designs using Lego blocks. A great way to introduce students to a 3D workspace. Expose students to mathematical language such as:

  • Orbit
  • Perception
  • Depth
  • Aerial view
  • Height
  • Zoom + –

Teachers can choose to publish their pieces on Google Maps. Take a look at some of my designs. Be aware to select the right location and workspace before publishing to Google Maps. I ended up in ACT, Australia – Quite far from home.

Available on all devices.

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PDF to Google DOC

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Learn how to turn a PDF into a Google Doc in a matter of seconds. Turn a PDF into a Google Doc to create digital worksheets or documents you can edit. Follow the instructions below.


The New Google Sites – What’s great and what’s missing

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The new Google Sites has been long awaited. I signed up early to Google Sites EAP program so I could drive it first hand.

The best way to illustrate what the new Google Sites feels like is to compare it to Google Forms. The classic Google Forms allowed more functionality whereas the new Forms is watered down and made too easy for the user.

The new Google Sites allows any user to create a clean and streamline website with a few clicks. Choose from 3 themes, insert text, embed folders, docs or other Google apps. Add images, embed a site, upload – the standard. A perk is the ability to collaborate with others.

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The old Google Sites platform encouraged customisation and functionality. Here’s what I think is missing:

  • Page announcement and filing cabinet template
  • Ability to upload a favicon
  • Sidebar navigation
  • Managing colours, text size, font
  • Horizontal navigation – Adding custom URLS

I have made peace with the fact that some of the elements are missing. It didn’t take long to re-create my internal staff portal with the new sites. At times, I had to employ some creative work arounds.

Overall, extremely use to use and attractive.