According to the New Media Consortium’s 2016 Horizon Report (K-12 Edition), one of the short term trends in technology that will have an impact on education in schools is the adoption of coding as a literacy. Coding fosters creativity and enhances problem solving skills, allowing students to become critical thinkers.
Amazon Rapids offers a way to get kids to increase their reading by offering short stories in a texting format. See a word they don’t understand? They can click on the word, hear its pronunciation, and read the definition.
Learn to set up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack on your Raspberry Pi and configure it to work as a web server. You’ll download and install WordPress and set up a basic website which you can access on any device on the same network as your Pi.
We followed these directions, but came across a few problems:
- If you are in the U.S., the Raspberry Pi keyboard settings will need to be changed by using these commands:
sudo nano /etc/default/keyboardand change the XKBLAYOUT from “gb” to “us.” Then type:
- When changing the Permalinks to “Post name,” these directions are wrong: “You’ll also need to tell the virtual host serving the site to allow requests to be overwritten. Do this by editing the virtual host file (with root permissions):
sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/default"The file that needs to be edited is found in the /etc/apache2/apache2.conf:
sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf.Make your edits and then type:
sudo service apache2 restart
- We were unable to use control/v to paste. You have to use shift/control/v.
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras.
The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab.
The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old.
The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:
- Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors
- Full-color beak LED
- Pen mount for drawing capability
- Plugs into USB port – no batteries required
The Finch is manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.
He dances, he plays music, he shoots lasers. He’s the Smart Robot who teaches kids to code! Learn more…
Let’s imagine, play, create and have some fun stacking and re-stacking the small, flexible, colorful modules into thousands of combinations.
Ideal for makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers, Microduino modules and mCookie unleash your infinite creativity. With a wide variety of modules, sensors and accessories, you can easily assemble as many different projects as you can imagine.
Creativity is contagious! See what others are creating, get instructions for building projects and share your own innovative new ones. Learn more…
JIMU robot is an interactive building block robotics kit that empowers children/teenagers to create and program their own robots. Along the way, they engage in powerful hands-on learning in STEM and gain 21st Century skills and mindsets. Learn more…
Bloxels helps kids achieve their nearly universal desire to create video games (seriously, just ask any kid), rather than just playing them. By using the unique combination of hands-on toys and their love and understanding of classic video games, we’ve made video game creation accessible and fun for all ages.
To fully comprehend the simplicity and magic of Bloxels, you must first see it in action. Watch below to learn the basics of creating with Bloxels.
Introducing MakerBloks, a dual play experience that combines electronic building blocks with a digital activity book.
Kids learn how to build real circuits while having fun with an activity book that engagesand challenges them.
MakerBloks link up to each other magnetically for a perfect connection every time. Each block is an electronic component, and when you assemble them, they form real circuits. Kids can build everything from a lie-detector to a voice changing microphone and much more. MakerBloks are safe, durable, and totally intuitive.
The blocks use bluetooth technology to interact with our digital activity book, available on any tablet. In each new chapter of the book, kids use their blocks to tackle problems and solve puzzles. Colourful characters, wild adventures and new challenges at every turn make learning electronics even more fun. Learn more…