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[Tech Coach] Fun 3D Design in History

This collaboration happened with the Y7 I&S team - starting with teachers reaching out to me to see if I could offer some ideas to do fun activities with the Ancient Egypt unit.

After back-and-forth brainstorming, upskill sessions and final co-planning meetings, we finally came up with the idea of using 3D Design skills to create canopic jars.

The whole process was very pleasant with proper (technology) instructional coaching cycles and with subject teachers taking initiative on this collaboration - a dream comes true for me as a technology coach!

Co-Planning Meeting with Teachers

This collaboration is for three sessions (each session is 80 minutes). Here's the schedule we planned:

  • Lesson 1 - Intro of topics and expectations, upskill on TinkerCAD

  • Lesson 2 - 3D Design on TinkerCAD

  • Lesson 3 - Unplugged activity: paint 3D prints and decorate canopic jar bodies with recycled materials

I want to have a balance between digital design and maker skills, and all of us agreed that this could be a great way to balance out the activity.

Our tech club students, tech ninjas, also supported this activity - they co-taught with me during the first and second lessons and really offered a lot of support.


The feedback I got was phenomenal - everyone enjoyed it. Especially students can see the tangible learning outcomes and what they made was impressive!

As a tech coach, it is always one of the biggest motivations for me to keep working on promoting creativity and using tech as tool to enhance learning - to see how much teachers and students enjoy the activities.


The most important part is to share my teaching materials with others.

Here's the plan sheet I designed for this activity (we did a quick design sketch in 5 minutes and students finish their quick design ideation).

Here are the lesson slides I made:

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