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Eduporium Weekly | Ideas for Expanding Coding Education

All indications are that coding is going to be an absolutely essential skill for today’s students to master. It’s not completely unanimous -- some people still claim soft skills will be more important, but, based on what we know about the current job market and its future forecast, it sure seems as though coding is going to be a part of it for the long term. Some states and school districts require their students to learn at least a little bit of computer science, but these programs are not nearly as far along as they could be. Starting a coding program can be tough for educators, especially when trying to cram all their other requirements into the school day, but there are ways to make it happen, including subtly introducing coding in multiple classes and creating afterschool clubs to help give students the experiences they need. 

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Sphero's Cheaper by the Dozen (Or Half Dozen)

Sphero is already incredibly easy to integrate in the classroom and super simple for kids to learn coding. We don't want the simplicity to stop with students, though, so we had to get Sphero's Cheaper By the Dozen and Half Dozen kits on our store for teachers. Now, you can get even more organized thanks to the included box (12-pack), charging hubs, covers, maze tape, and more! Now, educators can simplify the purchasing process and get all the Sphero components they need, including the robots, chargers, covers, protractors, and start-up guides in a convenient 6-pack or 12-pack bundle!

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Tips & Tricks | Ozobot Evo

Welcome to the second installment of Eduporium’s Tips & Tricks blog! In this bi-weekly blog, we are highlighting some best practices for using some of our most popular EdTech products in the classroom. If you’ve been searching for a straightforward guide on how to best care for EdTech, this blog is the one for you. In today’s post, we will cover the Ozobot Evo, including troubleshooting tips, compatibility options, and more for making learning with this social bot as smooth as possible. Evo makes sounds, has multiple, multicolored LED lights, and features proximity detectors. Connectivity wise, Evo boasts Bluetooth functionality and connects to student devices via the Ozobot app.

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Eduporium Weekly | 5 Ways to Maximize your End-of-Year EdTech Budget

If you’re not on summer vacation yet, hopefully you’re at least very close! As teachers, however, we know you’re always thinking about what you can do to improve your classrooms and offer your students a more exciting and relevant learning experience in the fall. Naturally, our first suggestion is to add new EdTech and STEAM tools. But, we know that it’s tough for many teachers to work these kinds of things into their budgets. Luckily for you, we also offer free budget consultation services and are about to hit you with some end-of-year budget tips! 

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Eduporium Hosts Day of PD at New Pinky Inc. Makerspace

The power of partnerships is a wonderful thing. After developing a close-knit relationship with the teachers and administrators in the Merrimack, NH SAU 26 district, we were able to leverage another partnership to help bring them some truly innovative professional development. It pays to have a friend with his own makerspace and, using this connection, we put on a day of PD for 30 teachers at Pinky Inc. in Marlborough, MA. At the day-long workshop, the teachers worked together and designed some creative classroom activities centered on STEM tools, like SpheroE-BloxCubetto, and more! 

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You Want our Best Stuff? You Got It.

You probably don't need us to tell you this, but it's buying time for classroom teachers, STEM professionals, and tech directors. To help move this process along and make it as easy and affordable as possible for you, we've created a bit of a glossary to help you find what you should be looking for. Buying technology can be a daunting process for educators, especially those who have never experienced the end-of-year crunch before. Whether you're focused on boosting your STEM program, starting a makerspace, or refining your school's tech goals, there's something on our store for you. 

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Eduporium Experiment | MakeDo ToolKit

Kids today don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm to build a pillow fort or make costumes out of cardboard anymore. Instead, it is all too common to see them playing with a smart device, but, the line of inventive kits from MakeDo aim to spark creativity in kids by facilitating hands-on building and engaging them with something other than consumer-minded tech. Their kits come in a few different sizes, offering educators a number of options depending on their classroom needs. There are even plenty of accessories to help ensure that students never run out of projects to build or ideas to generate!

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Eduporium Unveils New $500 Monthly EdTech Grant for Educators

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new monthly grant opportunity for teachers! The program is open to all educators, including classroom teachers, administrators, technology directors, librarians, and makerspace leaders. Replacing our previous grant program, this new version will offer educators the opportunity to apply for a $500 grant every month and, if selected, simply spend winnings right on our store! We have our own online store where teachers can purchase hundreds of different STEM technology tools in one place and have run grant programs before. 

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Eduporium Weekly | Let's Discuss the Gender Gap in STEM...And Close It

Though it’s tightening just about every year, there remains a fairly sizeable discrepency between the number of male students pursuing STEM compared to females. Despite conscious efforts from school and educational leaders, it’s tough to get girls as interested in STEM as their male counterparts. In fact, a great deal of female students lose interest by the time they’re in third or fourth grade. Why this may be is anybody’s guess, but some of the top reasons include the belief among these students that they’re not as qualified as males and just a legitimate lack of interest. We know, however, that the STEM fields are incredibly important and hope to find a way to narrow the gender gap on a consistent basis. 

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Ignite Engineering Adventures with the Squishy Circuits Group Kit

With Squishy Circuits, students in preschool and the early grades can enjoy a new kind of interactive learning experience. No longer is tech integration something to fear when it comes to young kids. As long as it's done purposefully and with the right tools, it can provide a wealth of valuable learning opportunities in early education. Plus, the Squishy Circuits Group Kit (new to the Eduporium store) is perfect for unlocking STEAM experiences for up to 30 kids! The conductive dough allows kids to construct objects for electricity to flow through and the included LEDs light up when they eastablish a connection! 

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