Every February, the education community comes together for one day of future-focused learning. By celebrating Digital Learning Day, educators give their students the opportunity to experience learning that’s more geared toward the future and to try something new in the classroom. There’s no wrong way to spend Digital Learning Day; any tech-based activity in the classroom is perfect for engaging students meaningful education. If you’re not sure what to try, however, we’ve got some helpful hints for how you can make DL Day 2018 the best one yet as it approaches this Thursday, Feb. 22.
When used properly, virtual reality is an amazingly powerful tool for boosting STEM education. It can send students to new environments, to landmarks they've never seen before, and to sites they'd otherwise never be able to explore. And, that's just what a basic viewer is capable of doing. Bring the incredible capabilities of the Oculus Rift VR Bundle into the conversation and it becomes a whole new ballgame. Oculus Rift has risen the bar for immersive education and created unparalleled access for students to explore any environment they could imagine! Designed to transport users directly to the forefront of the scenes they see, Rift offers up a VR experience unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before.
Adding arts and crafts elements within the robotics field isn’t something teachers do all that often. And, the Hummingbird Robotics Kit isn’t an everyday kind of teaching tool. Covering engineering, arts, programming, and robotics, Hummingbird is a true STEAM experience as it combines technology and robotics with artistic creativity. Students use the kit’s components, including LEDs, motors, sensors, servos, and craft materials to build a functional robot that they can program in various languages. At the heart of the robot, is the Hummingbird Duo Controller, a board that students plug all the components into and make their robot move.
We’re pretty adamant that we think active learning is the way to go in 21st century education. When kids are sitting back, being spoken to, and completely passive about the content they’re absorbing in the classroom, how does that benefit them? Especially in today’s complex world, the answer is that it really doesn’t. They need active experiences and hands-on problem solving in order to become Future Ready. They need project-based learning and they need it to be of high quality.
What's better for STEM education than programming a cool piece of technology? Maybe programming a cool piece of technology to fly! Among the newest STEM tools added to our store is the Airblock drone from Makeblock, an exceptional way for students to explore aviation and dive into long-lasting innovation. They don't even need any prior coding experience to learn with Airblock -- just an eye for exploration and the desire to take charge of their learning! It comes with the main control module, six rotors, a hovercraft base, charger and battery holder, battery, charging cable, and 10 protective covers.