StudySync provides teachers and schools with a complete source for ELA and literature instruction for grades 6-12. The product offers both digital and print resources, and focuses on reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills. The lessons are all standards-aligned, and teachers have access to an enormous amount of support resources, activities, accessibility options, and tools they can use to supplement or fully support classroom instruction.
Robokind’s Milo Robot is specifically designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) practice communication and social skills. The robot was created to be interesting and approachable for learners with ASD, and delivers lessons as well as recurring positive experiences in order to create an environment where students can learn and benefit.
More specifically, Milo is meant to help students with ASD tune in on emotions, express empathy, act more appropriately in social situations, self-motivate, and generalize skills they’ve learned.
Matific is an online program that offers over 1500 math games and activities for students in grades K-6. These games and activities are designed to support teachers’ existing lessons and curriculum. All activities are both standards-aligned and textbook-aligned, meaning regardless of your curricular foundation, Matific will likely connect with what you’re already using.
The Matific team has also won numerous awards for their rigorous curriculum, which can be differentiated to individual ability levels and needs. Before jumping into the review, here is an introductory video from the Matific team that looks at how Matific can be integrated into the K-6 math classroom.
Legends of Learning is an online resource designed to support 3rd - 8th grade students in their science classes. With over 1000 NGSS-aligned games and simulations, Legends of Learning offers an enormous range of engaging, informative activities that students can play through, provided they have an internet-enabled device.
The games are all designed to be short (5-20 minutes), so they can be easily and quickly integrated.
Overall, Legends of Learning is an excellent support resource for the 3rd - 8th grade science classroom.
Myriad Sensors offers a collection of 3 PocketLab sensors, all of which are designed for 4th - 12th grade science classrooms. The PocketLab One is designed to be a basic starter solution (and would fit the needs of most science classes). It can measure motion, acceleration, angular velocity, magnetic field, pressure, altitude, and temperature.
The PocketLab Weather sensor is designed for weather measurements and can collect data on temperature, humidity, light, barometric pressure, altitude, heat index, and dew point. Finally, the PocketLab Voyager (which I reviewed) does it all, and collect data on motion, light, magnetic fields, weather, and you can attach an external temperature probe.
Learning Transported by Jamie Donally is a new ISTE publication that explores how augmented, virtual, and mixed reality tools can be used across K-12 grade levels and subject areas. Donally is a former preK-8 math teacher who is also the founder of ARVRinEDU. Her new book offers definitions and examples of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality as well as comparisons of devices and platforms, with tips for selecting the best ones.
Donally also provides a collection of practical lesson plans, mapped to standards and content areas. Overall, Learning Transported is an excellent read that offers practical suggestions for how these emerging technologies can be used in support of teaching and learning.
KIBO is a robot from KinderLab Robotics that aims to help preK-2 students and teachers integrate programming and STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) into their class and play time. KIBO can be used without a device or a screen, and is meant to be a hands-on, active programming and robotics experience. The robot is based on 15 years of child development research, and has been used in classrooms, libraries, museums, clubs, and camps around the world.
Dremel has released their new, Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer, which is specifically designed for Higher Education and makerspaces, and currently runs at $1799. In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to review both their 3D20 and 3D40 models, both of which are excellent, so I was excited to take a hands-on look at their new offering. While similar to their previous models, the 3D45 offers the ability to use multiple materials like nylon, eco-ABS, and PLA.
In addition, it has increased precision with 50-micron layers, a newly designed user interface, a built-in camera, and several other features discussed below.
Reflector Teacher from Squirrels LLC easily allows teachers to wirelessly share what’s on a device’s screen with an entire classroom. In the past, we’ve looked at Reflector and ClassHub from Squirrels, both of which are excellent products for screen mirroring. Reflector Teacher is specifically designed to allow teachers and students to be able to share their device screen, and contains some education-specific features that the other Squirrel’s products don’t have.
BoomWriter is an online collaborative writing tool for upper elementary and secondary students. It’s currently in use in over 40,000 classrooms, across 50 countries. BoomWriter offers three separate tools for helping students develop their writing skills: StoryWriter, WordWriter, and ProjectWriter. We’ll explore each of these throughout the course of this review, and all are available without limitation on BoomWriter’s free plan.
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