Partners in your success: The latest in robotics and coding for your classroom

Posted by Pam Scifers on January 16, 2019

We’ve spent nearly 48 years curating, manufacturing, and supplying products and solutions that empower and support your efforts to bring hands-on, minds-on education to your students and classroom. We’re always thinking, making, and looking out for things that can make your experiences more effective and fun. This is why we are so excited to introduce you to products and kits from five of our partners.

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Topics: ROBOTICS, TETRIX Robotics, Coding, Technology, Hands-on Learning, 21st Century Skills, High School, Elementary School, Middle School

Computer Science Education Week: Teaching coding one hour at a time

Posted by Tommy Ly on December 06, 2018

This winter, as you keep the seasonal cold at bay, I hope you catch the Hour of Code. This week marks what has become quite famously known as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). The event began as an initiative with a purpose to improve access to and quality of technology education in schools by engaging policy makers. Its time frame in the second week of December honors the late Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906-January 1, 1992), a pioneer programmer who laid the groundwork for syntax-to-machine language compilers. And as computer folklore would have it, she was among the engineers in 1947 who discovered the first actual computer system “bug” – a moth to be precise (CSEdWeek).

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Topics: Workforce Development, TETRIX Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Coding, STEM, Technology, ROBOTICS, IN THE CLASSROOM

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