Interested in bolstering your problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills? Then you should check out the SAM Labs STEAM Kit, SAM’s latest and coolest kit! Designed for groups of 2-6 students, the kit includes SAM blocks (buttons, lights, various sensors, motors, and more), accessories, and a Getting Started guide as well as a teacher’s guide. The blocks are wirelessly activated using Bluetooth, which enables them to move, illuminate, or make sounds.
In order to get kids excited and get them engaged, more must be done to ensure they’re given beneficial sparks. Educational technology serves as a catalyst for learning in a number of ways, two of which include its ability to engage students and the fact that it helps catalyze tech skills growth by default. While other factors can help spur student engagement and achievement, the obvious answer in the 21st century is technology. And, whether in a classroom, library, or afterschool makerspace, there is a compatible tech tool for just about everyone.
Today, I experimented with one of our most popular STEM learning tools, the Ozobot Bit! Although intended for kids aged 6-10, the original version of the Ozobot can help teach students of all ages thanks to its versatility and the range of different things children can do with it. Beginner students can start by experimenting with color coding using easy-to-understand OzoCodes and then build their way up to using OzoBlockly, Ozobot’s online, block-based editor for drag-and-drop programming.
If you've ever been to New England in the fall, you probably know that it's famous for its foliage and nice, crisp weather. Apparently, just a bit south in New York City, however, they still think it's summer at the end of September. The one thing that stuck out about this year's World Maker Faire - aside from the incredbile displays of inventive genius - was the unseasonably hot weather. Since most of the cool exhibits are displayed otuside, it was as much of a race to find the coolest new MakerEd products for schools as it was to find some shade every once in a while to keep cool.
Most parents and teachers reading this probably have a fairly specific idea in mind when it comes to how they perceive a classroom to be set up. Chances are this perception is quite different than how contemporary classrooms can - or at least should - be set up. Rows of desks and a chalkboard used to be staples in schools, but they don’t much help prepare today’s kids for a hands-on future. These days, students need collaboration, interaction, and active learning and it takes a different kind of classroom to help make this happen.