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.
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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.
If you're like one of the many educators who can see the value of 3D printing in education, but don't know how you could afford a 3D printer or, more importantly, don't think you have enough room in your school, there is another way. The 3D Simo 3D printing pen combines making and art and helps facilitate a smooth STEAM experience. Its simplistic design and innovative capabilities help inspire kids to use technology to build design skills, creativity, and ingenuity.
If you’re looking for a small, easy-to-use, but high-quality 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini is for you. Before this experiment, I had very little 3D printing experience. I assumed they were all too complicated and sophisticated, so I was amazed by the simplicity that comes along with the MakerBot Mini. Once I got it unboxed, a sticker on the printer directed me right to the Get Started page on the MakerBot website. There, I was able to quickly download the MakerBot app and the MakerBot Print software.
So, you spent the whole summer planning and planning and you’ve got tons of innovative ideas for makerspace projects now that everyone’s settled into school. You’re even hoping for rainy days so that students spend their free time innovating in the makerspace and taking advantage of this unique way of learning. There’s only one small problem. There’s nowhere to put it. Makerspaces are very versatile, however, so if you’re struggling with finding the right place for it to go in your school (or any place), it shouldn’t bee too much of a challenge and here are some helpful hints!
Manhattan College is opening its campus to host some up-and-coming teaching products, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and more as some of their faculty members explore their potential for enhancing education. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 3:30-6:30pm at Manhattan College’s Kelly Commons in the Bronx, NY.
Have you typed with a doughnut or built your own instrument this school year? The MaKey MaKey GO enables all kinds of innovative student inventions and increases their creative capabilities. It's just like the classic MaKey MaKey board except it adds an element of mobility to STEAM education and will help you facilitate active learning all around the school, makerspace, or library!
The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit is one of littleBits' newest kits and it’s nothing short of awesome. If you’re familiar with littleBits already, you are more than welcome to skip to the next paragraph! So what are littleBits!? They are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are magnetic and color-coded by function. The modules simply snap together, allowing for creative freedom and exploration for everyone—no experience or technical knowledge required. With over 70 modules out so far, there are infinite creation possibilities and an unlimited number of ways for kids to access their inner STEAM genius.