9 Educational Toys To Inspire A Love For Nature
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9 Educational Toys To Inspire A Love For Nature

Children are inherently curious about the world around them. They are interested in the bugs, trees, plants, and even the weather. Educational toys can help to inspire and grow a love for nature, as well as teaching them how nature and the world around us works and thrives. Whether it’s collecting insects, growing vegetables, or…

10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids
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10 Engaging and Educational Science Kits for Kids

Studying science from a book is fine, but nothing can replace hands-on experiments when learning chemistry, biology, physics, and other sciences. Children retain more and enjoy “doing” rather than just studying. I can remember crafting a messy, paper mâché volcano and looking through my first microscope at a few prepared slides, fostering a lifelong love of…

10 of the Best 3D Puzzles for Kids Who Love a Challenge
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10 of the Best 3D Puzzles for Kids Who Love a Challenge

Tablets, phones, and computers offer a seemingly endless amount of entertaining puzzle games to keep children entertained but nothing can replace the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing actual, tactile puzzles. Fun 3D puzzles for kids offer not only mental stimulation but also give children the opportunity to work with something hands-on, in the…

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids Who Are Reluctant to Read
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13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids Who Are Reluctant to Read

Not since Pacman has a single game captured, the minds, hearts and imagination of kids (and adults) the way Minecraft has over the past few years. From pixelated pigs to nocturnal nasties, Minecraft has become such a cultural phenomenon it has spilled into the real world in more forms than anyone could have imagined. Costumes, meetups, parties and of course the…

3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot
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3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot

One of education’s hottest buzzwords these days is gamification: the integration of games into classroom instruction to enhance student learning. Purposeful gamification can allow for personalized learning, increased student engagement, and greater creativity. (For more information about why you should integrate gameplay into your instruction, see this Fractus post by Rebecca Davies) But what if you’re new to…

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project
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Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

In the best-selling STEM Education guide, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, authors Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager explore many important concepts that contribute to a nurturing environment for making in the classroom. An essential element to succeeding with ‘making’ is the ability to seamlessly pair art and science through innovative project-based learning. So what is involved in…

Coding is the New Literacy – Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens
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Coding is the New Literacy – Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens

There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners. At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and…

Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun
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Using Minecraft to Challenge Students and Keep Learning Fun

Overview Much more than just a video game, Minecraft is being used by thousands of educators to tackle difficult learning concepts in an amazingly fun and collaborative digital environment. Students are exploring, crafting and making in 3D virtual worlds where their creativity and imagination can run wild. No matter what your discipline, the many different elements of…

Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research
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Learning Code by Building Apps: TouchDevelop by Microsoft Research

Overview Created by Microsoft’s Research group, TouchDevelop is a touch-friendly app creation environment that allows students to build apps using their phone, tablet or desktop machine. The environment has been designed with a detailed focus on providing a safe and enjoyable space for students to learn coding basics, progress their skills and publish their very own apps to run on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Linux. Name: TouchDevelop Pricing:…

Creating Interactive Lessons and Games with TinyTap
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Creating Interactive Lessons and Games with TinyTap

Overview Interactivity is a key ingredient in involving students in the learning process, and the TinyTap app is a magnificent and free way to start building that interactivity into your lessons. TinyTap is a simple but immensely powerful concept where static images and photos can be combined with recorded audio and digital hotspots to create fully interactive games and lessons….

The Maker Movement and Your Child’s ‘Cognitive Surplus’
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The Maker Movement and Your Child’s ‘Cognitive Surplus’

What are your kids doing with all of their ‘cognitive surplus’? Not sure? OK, let’s take a step back. What is ‘cognitive surplus’? ‘Cognitive Surplus’ is a term coined by author and professor at NYU’s interactive telecommunications programme, Clay Shirky. Regarded as one of the leading thinkers on the Internet, technology and its impact on society, Clay introduced the concept…

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