If we want to teach our kids technology, it has to be like this . . . .

Posted by Jessica Born on June 13, 2018

Few elementary school teachers are engineers.

Few engineers are elementary school teachers.

And that’s where instructional technology breaks down.

There’s no end to the tech that teachers can integrate in their classrooms, from smart boards to tablets to one-to-one device initiatives to robots and beyond.

As a result, some classrooms are flipping, letting students watch video lectures at home and do the actual exercises in the classroom where teachers and classmates can help. Textbooks come alive on tablets through video and interactive graphics. Students familiarize themselves with applications and devices they’ll use throughout their education and in the workplace.

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Elementary School, ADMINISTRATION & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding, Future Ready, 21st Century Skills

Let’s #MoveInMay! Active learning with STEM

Posted by Nevin P. Jones on May 14, 2018

Temperatures are warming up, so now is the perfect time to get students active and outside! Is it a coincidence that May is Physical Education and Sports month? Nope, couldn’t be more fitting. Combining physical activity with scientific attention to detail is easy with the right activities and planning.

At Pitsco, we love to approach STEM learning with a kinesthetic approach. But we don’t just want to encourage tackling STEM in a kinesthetic manner, we want to help make it possible. Were happy to announce our #MoveInMay contest! One lucky educator will receive our new STEM in the Gym™: Electricity & Magnetism Package.

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Topics: Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, STEM, Activities, 21st Century Skills

Student garden expansion project – Highland Elementary

Posted by Cody White on April 23, 2018

A good education bears fruits in later life. But it can also bear fruits – not to mention vegetables and flowers – in the here and now.

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Topics: Elementary School, FUNDING, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Collaborations, Science, STEM, Trends, Social and emotional learning, Future Ready

Pitsco elementary solutions make learning fun again

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 15, 2018

I remember my childhood fondly, especially the early years. For the most part, my days were filled with games, including those I invented with my siblings and neighborhood friends (indoor hockey using ski poles and plastic doll plates, anyone?); explorations of the surrounding neighborhood; and tons of problem-solving. Whether it was figuring out how to create a go-kart out of bicycle parts or hammering out the rules for whatever we were playing, we were, in general, left alone to figure these things out on our own. My parents had never heard of social and emotional learning (SEL), but they nurtured it in us simply by letting us be kids.

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Topics: Elementary School, STEM, Missions, STEM Units, Social and emotional learning

Space stations, pizza, and STEM

Posted by Patty Cooke on February 08, 2018

Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first satellite, on October 4, 1957, humankind has been on an upward trajectory, reaching farther and farther into space.

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Topics: Middle School, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Science, STEM, Missions