Posted in Technology Blogs

Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more | eSchool News

Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills stud…

Source: Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more | eSchool News

Posted in MakerSpace, Robotics

Dash and Dot

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Dash and Dot are robots that can sense, act and think! Students use block coding on four different iPad apps to control their robots. The durable and child friendly robots are a safe and easy way to encourage STEAM learning in your classroom.

Maker materials can be added such as lego, tape, cardboard and more to transform your robots!

Dash and dot also have educational accessories that can be purchased to support art, music and engineering.

 

LEARN MORE HERE

Posted in MakerSpace, Robotics

MakeyMakey

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The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material you can control the keyboard of your computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse. When you are ready the back of the Makey Makey allows you to key map even more keys!

What’s more, the Makey Makey is part of the maker movement! You can connect with people from all over the world to invent  a wide array of electronic maker projects, from musical house plants, interactive classrooms and amazing assistive technology!

 

Check out LESSON PLANS HERE

Posted in Technology Blogs

SMART SEE Summit – Calgary

What a privilege it is to be part of the SMART family! I can honestly say that I have never experienced such welcome and knowledge in one week! Can you imagine 57 teachers, who are passionate about technology, all from different parts of the world, in one room for 5 days? Can you imagine the conversations, the laughter and the wisdom? All I can compare it to is if you find your favourite hobby (say, fishing) and put a bunch of amazing fisherman from all over the world in one room together for a week, what would you expect it to feel like? Yep! Exactly! This is what the SMART SEE Summit is like – but with amazing, passionate and dedicated teachers! Not to mention the incredible hospitality of the SMART staff. We were captivated at their Headquarters where were introduced to some amazing people and then asked a numerous amount of time for our honest feedback on their fabulous products. How wonderful to be able to ‘pull apart’ software and five feedback to developers?! And the food!! So. Much. Food!!

Thank you – Thank you to SMART for an experience I will never forget. For the time it took you to put something like this together – you must all be exhausted

Thank you – Thank you to my brand new friends – Your wisdom has taught me so much about what classrooms can look like. I can’t wait to collaborate with you all.

SMART – You are just out of this world!