If you’re looking to incorporate hands-on play and inspire innovative thinking at an early age, you’re going to love Puzzlets! Puzzlets is a Bluetooth-enabled accessory for tablets or phones that kids can use to play games that teach things like coding, art, and math. It is designed for kids in K-2, aiming to help them explore logic, cause and effect, sequences, and more. It is low-tech, only requiring the play tray, programming pieces, and a compatible device (Android tablets and phones as well as Apple devices). A USB cord is included to charge the tray, and a quick start guide to get kids playing and learning instantly.
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Didn't catch our Black Friday sale in time? Well, lucky for you, it's still hanging around. Rather than have two separate sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we thought we'd just combine the two into one big, long, savings-filled event. So, all the savings you could get starting Friday at midnight are going to continue until Tuesday at midnight eastern time.
First off, we’d like to start our weekly blog post by saying that we hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families! With the festivities of the whole Thanksgiving Weekend experience, you know, comes Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. We know that everybody enjoys a good bargain -- especially teachers trying to add technology to their classrooms and parents looking for holiday gifts for their little ones. Our weekend-long sale launched early yesterday morning and is continuing until 11:59 pm ET on Cyber Monday! It even includes all day Saturday and Sunday, too! Let’s take a look at the EdTech products you can get as part of our special savings.
Starting RIGHT NOW, you can enjoy incredible, weekend-long savings on some of the best EdTech products in our store. With over 30 items included overall and some big-name brands on the table, why would you shop anywhere else this holiday weekend? If you're like us and think the idea of waking up at 3 AM on the day after Thanksgiving is ridiculous, this is the sale for you.
Who says learning must involve books and equations? Not anymore! Code-a-pillar is a real-deal, robotic tool that introduces kids as young as 3 years old to what it means to be a coder! Its replaceable sections - just like the ones on a real caterpillar - represent different actions and kids customize their makeup until they've coded the movements of this educational insect! No other early learning tool provides a better balance of programming and play than what kids get with the Code-a-pillar!
Searching for a 3D printing pen that can do it all? The 3D SIMO Mini has four functionalities, including 3D printing, soldering, burning, and foam-cutting, making it an ideal addition for any makerspace! Just change the tip and you have a whole new tool. It can connect via Bluetooth to a device outfitted with the 3D SIMO app, where students can create material profiles, watch instructional videos, and find templates.
We’re constantly venting about the need for an updated education and curricula in our schools and educators are finally starting to take notice. Unfortunately, we can’t take all the credit, but we’d like to think that we play a small role in helping usher teachers into the 21st century. Now that most schools in the country and in the world are focusing a lot more on STEM education, upgrades need to be made to that as well. What’s the saying? Most of what you learn is obsolete two years from now? Well, it’s something like that.
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.
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.