Who We Are
InkSmith is an education technology company passionate about improving the adoption of 21st-century technology and the development of STEAM & digital skills in the classroom.
Our goal is to equip educators with the skills and tools they need to empower the generation. We believe that empowering today's learners through education will create tomorrow's global citizens capable of tackling the world's challenges.
Our philosophy at InkSmith is to empower educators to utilize 21st-century technology in their pedagogy, in order to enhance the learning experience of students and develop critical thinking skills.
We do this by providing accessible, easy-to-use technology solutions that are built for use in education. Alongside our technology solutions, InkSmith specializes in offering professional learning sessions and student workshops to ensure technology solutions are effectively integrated into classroom learning.
We do all of this with the goal of empowering purpose-driven learning in education. We believe that by connecting learning in education to real-world context, we'll empower a generation of learners that are inspired to take on the challenges of the future.
Our team of educators, creators, and technology enthusiasts come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Together, we're on a mission to improve access to 21st-century technology and the development of STEAM and digitial skills in education.
Who We Serve
Beginnings of 3D Printers in Education
InkSmith was founded in 2016 after 3D printing hobbyist, and now InkSmith CEO, Jeremy Hedges, started a small business selling filament for 3D printing. InkSmith quickly grew in the up-and-coming 3D printing hobbyist market as one of the only Canadian resellers of Cubicon 3D printers.
During this time, 3D printers were slowly making their way into the higher education space. Colleges, universities, libraries, and eventually high schools and elementary schools began recognizing the value of future-focused learning skills and implementing 3D printers. As the demand for printers slowly grew, the InkSmith team discovered the lack of support for 3D printing.
Building Curriculum Connections
Despite the growing use of 3D printing in various industries, there was a lack of connection to meaningful learning and curriculum connections in education. In most schools, 3D printers were simply an under-used resource. InkSmith began building out a database of dedicated solutions for 3D printing in the education space to help bridge this gap.
Expanding To Cover The Technology Spectrum
InkSmith's experience with 3D printers shone a light on some other major needs for educators. Recognizing a need for new hands-on learning experiences in the classroom, along with the resources to go along with it, InkSmith introduced an expanded product line which included laser cutters along with coding and robotics technologies.
InkSmith's Current Evolution
As InkSmith shifted with rapidly changing technology and educator needs, another evolution took place. Today, the InkSmith team is on a mission to empower purpose-driven learning in Canadian classrooms through 21st-century skills and competencies. We believe empowering the next generation of students with digital and problem-solving skills will not only prepare them for the future but also help solve the problems of tomorrow like climate change, resource insecurity, and social injustice. As we've done so, we've focused more on how we can provide resources to educators and help them achieve better learning outcomes with more engaged students.