Another week and another list of high-profile conferences and shows for us at Eduporium. Did you catch us in Boston this past Friday? Or were you lucky enough to be at AASL 2017 in Arizon last weekend? If you were, hopefully you stopped by to visit us. If not, don't worry. There will be plenty more opportunities to see our booth in person the rest of the year. More on that later, but first let's tell you about our latest events.
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Have you ever wanted to go somewhere you couldn’t? Like the Great Wall of China, or the stomach of a whale, or any other place not suitable for a school field trip? Well, now students can experience lifelike content from afar with virtual reality! VR is making its way into the educational sphere, empowering students to explore previously unreachable destinations and interact directly with virtual objects. A few weeks ago, I experimented with the Oculus Rift virtual reality system, and this time I got to try out the HTC Vive – just another perk of working at Eduporium!
Ask just about anyone about the most important skills these days and you’ll start to notice a common theme. Coding is arguably far and away the most important skill that students need to learn and the structure of today’s economy certainly supports that belief. It’s not that simply the highest-paying jobs require workers to be proficient in coding -- it’s even starting to trend towards the entire workforce needing coding skills in some form or another.
Boston’s world-famous Museum of Science is in the process of redesigning its famed Blue Wing and hosted a dinner Monday night to announce new plans for how they will enhance STEM learning for a broader audience. Among the highlights of the Putting Your Tech Foot Forward event, were a distinguished panel of speakers, which included David Dockerman, Adrian Melia, and John Richards from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an interactive Technology Petting Zoo hosted by Eduporium.
If you’ve been following along with our updates during the month of October (and, if you haven’t, you should really sign up for our newsletter), you know that we’ve been pretty busy. Every week of this past month, we’ve been appearing at events, presenting at others, and I think we even attended one or two as guests. Now that the craziness of October is over, we can relax a bit in November. No, wait. That’s not true. November is going to be just as crazy. Oh well, here’s where you can find us!
We're all in on littleBits and we think that you should be, too. Now, this isn't exactly news as littleBits has taken STEAM education and productive play by storm since its release back in 2011. What started as a simple set of modern-day toys for tinkering has ballooned into a must-have teaching tool and a dynamic way to illustrate real-world concepts in early education. The littleBits kits continue to evolve and offer a truly progressive way to learn. Starting extremely simple with basic electronics projects, littleBits helps kids of all ages work up to becoming master engineers and even coders!
What's scarier than a classroom without technology? Not many things that we can think of, to be honest. Since it is Halloween and all, we got to thinking about how teachers could celebrate with technology. Sure, they could build something to scare their students, but that could take time and we're all about helping teachers save time. We thought the next best thing would be adding some appropriately colored robots to the fold.