We're all in on littleBits and we think that you should be, too. Now, this isn't exactly news as littleBits has taken STEAM education and productive play by storm since its release back in 2011. What started as a simple set of modern-day toys for tinkering has ballooned into a must-have teaching tool and a dynamic way to illustrate real-world concepts in early education. The littleBits kits continue to evolve and offer a truly progressive way to learn. Starting extremely simple with basic electronics projects, littleBits helps kids of all ages work up to becoming master engineers and even coders!
What's scarier than a classroom without technology? Not many things that we can think of, to be honest. Since it is Halloween and all, we got to thinking about how teachers could celebrate with technology. Sure, they could build something to scare their students, but that could take time and we're all about helping teachers save time. We thought the next best thing would be adding some appropriately colored robots to the fold.
If you've been following along and following our social media, you certainly know how busy we've been in October. That trend continued last week as we headed to upstate New York and spent some time with our good friends from the Syracuse area, attending two separate events on Wednesday and Thursday. More locally, we also exhibited at our third consecutive MassCUE Fall Conference, the crown jewel of New England EdTech events and teacher PD!
If there is one goal of contemporary education it’s to prepare students for the real world. They will be entering a world that’s hands-on, in need of problem solvers, and rewarding to those who can develop creative solutions. It’s not as kind to those who only possess book smarts. It’s a challenge, but teachers, starting as early as middle school, need to facilitate learning that mirrors the real world. Whether it’s a renewed commitment to STEM, tech, or, most importantly, project-based learning, students need the practice.