National Techies Day: Definitely a reason to celebrate

Posted by Preston Frazier on October 03, 2019

“Technology makes the world a new place.”
 – Shoshana Zuboff

Yes . . . we’re celebrating another holiday. This one might be a little obscure, but it’s worth recognizing. October 3 is National Techies Day. Per Merriam-Webster, a “techie is a person who is very knowledgeable or enthusiastic about technology and especially high technology.” One would naturally assume that National Techies Day is all about those who love smartphones, smart watches, smart homes, and anything else deemed smart. And that’s true to some degree, but there’s also another aspect of it that is even cooler than the latest tech – promoting technology-based careers to today’s learners and future workforce. 

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, ROBOTICS, Teacher Resources, Collaborations, Technology, Careers, Coding, Professional Development, Future Ready, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills

Teacher tips for a new school year

Posted by Molly Underwood on August 15, 2019

The first day of school is right around the corner. Can you believe it?! For both students and teachers, the first day can be a mix of emotions – but take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered.

It’s never too early to start preparing for the new year. So, before your classroom is full of kids and excitement, try using some of these tips and tricks to start your school year off on the right foot. Remember, the first couple of days can set the stage for the rest of the year, and we want this to be your best year yet!

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Topics: IN THE CLASSROOM, Middle School, Elementary School, High School, Teacher Resources, Culture, Teacher Development, Social and emotional learning, Professional Development

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

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

STEM camps that ‘rocketed’ 2018

Posted by Preston Frazier on September 20, 2018

Recently, I wrote about a pretty awesome summer camp in St. Louis, Missouri, that used TETRIX® PRIMEBut it wasn’t just the robots having all the fun this summer. There were camps and workshops across the STEMosphere utilizing our hands-on, minds-on STEM products.

We have three educators who are totally excited to share their experiences and successes over the summer.

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Topics: BEYOND THE CLASSROOM, IDEAS & INSPIRATION, Camps, STEM, Professional Development, Activities, Hands-on Learning