We try to hammer it home that children need early and often exposure to technology to help them build the skills of tomorrow. Generally, the common belief is that this should start around first, second, or third grade. What if it could start earlier, though? Like as early as preschool. Those extra couple of years could wind up making a pretty large difference in the development of a child and, who knows, could ultimately help them reach greater heights. It’s very much possible to use technology in preschool classrooms and it’s pretty easy to get started if the right mindset is being used.
If you've yet to explore the exciting educational opportunities that come along with E-Blox, now is definitely the time. Actually, it was time a few months ago, but we'll give you a pass! E-Blox, as their name implies, are electronic building blocks -- almost exactly like LEGOs -- except they're conductive! Kids can enhance their design and engineering skills and also get more familiar with electronics at the same time. And, with over 10 specialized kits available on our store, there's always a new area of STEM for them to master. Here's a look at some of the concepts you could be teaching using the various kits from E-Blox.
We all know that kids today love technology. Whether it’s tablets, smartphones, laptops, or whatever else they play with, once they hit nine or 10 years old, they seem to be glued to some sort of device. The common belief is that they’re wasting all of their time playing meaningless games or sending pointless pictures to their friends, who are also glued to their devices all day long. This, however, is simply not true. In fact, a lot of these children are sitting in front of computers and bettering themselves at the same time. That’s right -- they’re playing Minecraft.
Know any art teachers who have been looking to add a new dimension to their classrooms? Well, they should know about the 3Doodler 3D printing pen! Actually, you should, too. So, keep reading. With the affordable 3Doodler, students as young as 10 years old can design and engineer three-dimensional objects to enhance their artwork and their creativity! With its lightweight frame and simplified controls, 3Doodler helps kids add tech-based, artistic innovation to the school day.
Modern STEM education is all about giving students the tools to be creative and testing their 21st century skills with challenges that mimic those they will find in the real world. Sure, that all sounds great on the surface, especially to parents, but what exactly does this mean? Well, students need learning experiences that best prepare them for the jobs they will more than likely be holding in the future. One of those STEM jobs (the ‘E’) is engineering. Fortunately, for teachers of all grade levels, preparing students for jobs like these is not all that difficult.