Robotics kits are incredibly valuable for teaching students the skills they really need to know. They're useful for shaping problem solving skills, creativity, and, most importantly, coding. The best part? Robotics can be used in any grade - starting in PreK with super simple models and continuing through high school with the more complex tools. Don't worry - we've broken it all down for you below!
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Ah, the myth of having summers off. Those outside the teaching profession tend to become filled with jealousy every year about this time because they’re stuck at work and teachers are stuck...doing absolutely nothing. Or so that’s what they think. The fact is that, especially today, teachers cannot afford to take summers completely off. They need to continue learning in order to stay current with the trends, technology, and needs of their students. There are conferences (most notably ISTE), workshops, and a number of other little things teachers tend to during the summer months. Here are a few ways they can stay sharp while re-energizing to some extent.
One of our newest and most exciting partners, Let’s Start Coding (www.letsstartcoding.com), released a number of free teacher resources earlier this week that will help teachers from grades 4 through 12 bring typed computer coding into their classrooms.
E-Blox has created the next generation of LEGO-based learning and are on the track to disrupt education once again with a line of student-friendly kits that get them working with their hands and exploring key STEM concepts while they have fun.
Thames & Kosmos is known - at least throughout our office - as a company that perfectly combines technology, construction, and just about every STEM discipline. They have a number of hands-on kits that help kids learn the basics of solar energy, coding, atoms, and a ton more. This week, we dove into their Robotics Smart Machines Kit, which empowers students to build and then control innovative robotic machines!
We deal a lot with integrating technology into the early grades to give students a head start on developing key STEM skills. So, we’re well aware of the challenges teachers face when trying to do the same. It can be extremely overwhelming when they’re trying to find a technology product that’s affordable, has longevity, incorporates standards, and is easy enough to use. It’s not even that there are not enough products like this out there. It’s that there are now too many. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered with five of the hottest and most affordable EdTech tools to take into your classroom to start the new school year.
Coding is too tough for kids. There's nothing to simulate what it's actually like. I'd rather have students learn the theory than the practice. These are some of the things that Bloxels, the video game building kit, helps put to rest. Using this interactive tool, students as young as 7 can create their own video games using authentic construction that translates to beneficial experience and long-lasting learning!
Nothing can help students elevate their computer skills quite like the Kano Computer Kit. This incredible, intuitive, and all-in-one product puts kids inside the computer and helps them understand how it works - because they build it themselves! We brought you an Eduporium Experiment featuring the Kano Kit last spring and now there's an amednment to this product for us to review! Kano now has a bundled kit complete with a screen and we put that to the test in our office for this edition of the Eduporium Experiment.
The fact is that not all students learn in the same ways. Some are visual learners. Others need to hear things multiple times before it sticks. And, still others require a hands-on component so they can learn by doing. There is no wrong way when it comes to students’ learning style preferences and 21st century teachers have taken notice of this. Many educators and curriculum creators have created differentiated learning programs in their schools so that each student can receive personalized instruction that works best for them. It’s not always easy, but, these days, teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to prepare their students for an uncertain future.
In today's world, there's a high demand for student choice. And, for schools that offer student choice, there's Fischertechnik. Created to skyrocket in-class STEM possibilities, Fischertechnik features creative kits and tools that cater to students with a huge range of interests and abilities!