Money, time, and training: The challenges of bringing technology into the classroom

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on December 03, 2018

There’s no debate: teaching in the 21st century has been greatly enhanced by the aid of technology. The students in our classrooms are digital natives. They’re eager to utilize various technologies, resources, and devices. Their natural aptitude with devices and their interest is the buy-in you need to enhance and deepen their learning through tech. In short, students thrive when given opportunities to use technology in the classroom. However, there can be challenges, which often hinder the implementation of bringing technology into the classroom. Let’s break them down, tackle them, and get that tech in!

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Topics: Professional Development, Resources, FUNDING, Elementary School, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Technology, Coding

How to use coding to meet the learner profiles in your classroom

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 19, 2018

Today’s classroom is truly diverse. Teachers are expected to teach students with increasingly varying cultural, socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to name a few. This adds richness to the classroom environment, but it also means teachers are tasked with making material/activities relevant to all learners. Coupled with other forms of diversity are individual learner profiles. And adding another layer still, technology has become more available and necessary in classrooms. Making an educational experience accessible and meaningful for all students can be a struggle.

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Topics: Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Coding, ROBOTICS, Elementary School, IN THE CLASSROOM

Using inquiry-based learning in your elementary classroom – including coding education

Posted by Natalie Vanderbeck on November 10, 2018

Inquiry-based learning isn’t a new idea in education. While writing my master’s thesis, I studied science classrooms that utilized inquiry-based learning vs traditional teacher-led learning. To be certain we’re all on the same page, let’s define inquiry-based learning: “a student-centered approach where the instructor guides the students through questions posed, methods designed, and data interpreted by the students. Through inquiry, students actively discover information to support their investigations” (Edutopia).

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Topics: Elementary School, Hands-on Learning, Coding, Social and emotional learning, Technology, Collaborations, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM, Inquiry-based Learning

5 good cyber habits for teachers and students

Posted by Dan Eckelberry on October 09, 2018

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Yawn. Sounds like something only an IT nerd would get excited about . . . right? Before you completely dismiss this topic, be advised that there’s a good chance that you’re currently at risk of having your online accounts compromised.

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Topics: 21st Century Skills, Future Ready, Professional Development, Technology, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, High School, Elementary School, Homeschool, Middle School

Cover to cover STEM!

Posted by Anna Gudde on October 01, 2018

The beginning of a new school year means a new Pitsco Elementary STEM catalog. Yessss, a brand-new catalog you can dog-ear to your heart’s content! And it’s full of STEM products, supplies, storage, and now includes our first K-2 coding solution – KUBO.

If you’ve been following our latest news, you’ve probably heard of the awesomeness that surrounds KUBO and its benefits in the elementary classroom. If you haven’t, here you go:

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Topics: Elementary School, STEAM, Resources, IN THE CLASSROOM, Hands-on Learning