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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