littleBits are a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are designed to empower students to create inventions, large and small. They’re an excellent resource for 3rd - 12th grade students, and can be used to help familiarize kids with basics of circuitry, coding, engineering, and design. littleBits have been around for the last seven years, and I’ve had the opportunity to use them in K-12 settings as well as with the preservice teachers I work with. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
“When am I going to use that information in the real world?”
This is a common observation from many K-12 students, and it’s understandable that today’s learners can fail to see the real-world value of class material. The rigors of daily life are not segmented into discrete “subjects.” So why does the traditional educational model do so? By completely segregating class material into different subjects, we often fail to engage students with authentic experiences with meaningful, real-world implications. Continue reading.
Reviews | DIVE-in Engineering from STEMscopes: An Engaging, Hands-On Engineering Curriculum for Grades 3-8
DIVE-in Engineering from Accelerate Learning was built in partnership with the folks at the New York Hall of Science. It was designed to provide 3rd-8th grade students with an engaging, hands-on engineering curriculum that can help turn your classroom into a structured, scaffolded Makerspace. The curriculum provides students with practical, inquiry-based educational experiences that encourage exploration and inspire ingenuity. Continue reading the full review.
Study.com Teacher Edition is designed to help teachers increase interactivity and engagement in the classroom by supporting and expanding upon your existing curriculum. Regardless of the grade level or subject you teach, Study.com offers a collection of video lessons, assignments, and quizzes that can be used to supplement your existing course material. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
We have previously reviewed Defined STEM here at the Roundup, and it’s an excellent platform that offers an enormous collection of pre-created problem and project-based learning resources for all core subjects in K-12. Now, the Defined STEM team has released a new collection of online PBL training modules that can be used in conjunction with Defined STEM, in preparation for a Defined STEM rollout down the road, or even by folks who are not Defined STEM users.
Overall, the online training guides teachers on how to effectively create, teach, and assess performance tasks in the classroom. Continue reading on our review's page.
SelfCAD is in all-in-one online program for 3D modeling, sculpting, and printing that is available free of charge for K-12 students and teachers. It is designed to be approachable and easy to learn, but also provide access to a suite of advanced features that are comparable to programs like Blender. In other words, it’s an excellent tool for any 3D printing need your classroom might have, while still being an easy-to-use tool. Continue Reading on our Review's Page.
Zinc Reading Labs offer test-prep based literacy tools to help secondary students become college ready. It is a supplemental online literacy program that combines engaging vocabulary games, high-interest text, gaming elements, and detailed reports for both middle and high school students. Zinc Reading Labs combines vocabulary instruction with test-prep strategies along with activities for helping students develop close reading skills. Continue reading.
When educators think of edtech, the first thing that comes to mind may be its applications in STEM subjects. However, every field can benefit from the inclusion of software that promotes learning, practice, and collaboration. For music instructors looking to boost motivation and engagement, there are a number of exciting platforms that support music education. Continue reading on our editorial's page.
Project Pals is an excellent collaboration platform that schools can use for all types of student-centered learning activities, including project-based learning (PBL). Project Pals provides an online space where teachers and students can collaboratively work through projects, so long as they have a device with an internet connection. Teachers can get started with a free plan that includes up to 20 projects and 50 students. Continue reading.
Illuminate Data & Assessment (or DnA) is one of four products available from the Illuminate Education team. Illuminate DnA is an education intelligence platform that provides teachers with a standards-aligned, easy-to-use assessment platform that includes robust reporting on a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative measures.
Illuminate DnA supports data collection, analysis, and equity work, but they also have compliance and state reporting available for those who need it as well. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
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