Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STEM Club Toy Subscription

Amazon has come up with a great new concept, a STEM monthly toy subscription. It's $19.99 a month and it is divided into age ranges: 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, and 8-13 years old. 

Teachers know the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in a school's curriculum, but it is great to see a product that parents can use to help children start developing those skills at home. After all, not all kids have an engineer for a parent. 

Kits come with a variety of experiments, toys, robots, chemistry sets, and math learning tools. 

It looks like you can cancel your subscription at any time, so you can try it once and decide whether or not it's right for you. Amazon seems to be receptive to feedback, so if you have suggestions, they want to hear them. 

Have you tried it? What did you think? Let me know.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Students Get Feedback on Their Work From Others Online

In a traditional school, a student is asked to complete an assignment. The teacher grades it, gives feedback, and then returns it to the student. Wouldn't it be nice if other people across the world could view the work and give their feedback to the students? But, how about the online safety of the students? 

Ms. Candiano is using Kidblog with her students. Kidblog provides a safe environment for students to share their work with a global audience and receive authentic feedback on their efforts. 

In this day in age, one could argue that just writing isn't enough. Students are also learning to blog and be part of a global community. This practice also motivates the student. It's one thing to write for your teacher to see and a different one for the world to see. Students typically put more effort into their writing. A win win for both teacher and student.