Resources

Too much

There are tons and tons of resources available for teachers and parents but it gets overwhelming.  We are going to make it simpler for you.  We only recommend these learning tools as we have actual experience with these products and services. These tools and resources have been essential for our teaching and our students’ learning. This will be extremely valuable for you.

We will be updating this list periodically so please join our free mailing list and share it with others. The various items below will help you create meaningful and empowering projects and lessons that will emphasize creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication among young your learners.

Our disclosure

Several links below are affiliate links.  This means that at no additional cost to you, we will be earning a small percentage if you decide to purchase something.  However, please only purchase an item if you feel it could be useful for you and your students. If you have any questions about this list, please let us know here.

Teacher Guide Books

How to Prep Your Classroom Technology for Success

Books

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom by Esther Wojcicki

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empowering Learning, Unleash Talent and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros

Distraction Addiction by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley Watch David Kelley’s TED Talk for more

Flip Your Classroom by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Invent To Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Makers, The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol Dweck

Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal

For students

Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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E-Reader

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle with Immersive reading (also available on Kindle apps for Android devices only)

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Websites

Common Sense Media

Brainpop

Edsurge

Edutopia

Teach Thought

MindShift

PBS Kids

PBS Fun & Games

Khan Academy

Lynda.com

Discovery Education

Hour of Code

Quizlet

Smithsonian Education

 Library of  Congress Education

Art for Kids Hub

Rewordify

EdRev

Wordle

Tagxedo

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Robotics

Lego Mindstorms Recommended

Cubelets Recommended

Moss Robotics (still in review)

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Programming

M.I.T. SCRATCH coding

Hour of Code

Khan Academy

Robot Turtles Board Game – Recommended Yes, an actual board game!

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Coding and STEAM Tools for Kids, Teachers, Parents

STEM / Electronic Kits

Snap Circuits Recommended (Includes 300 Projects)

Snap Circuits Jr.  Recommended (Includes 100 Projects)

Arduino

little bits STEAM Kit (Recommended–we used this extensively for our Take 1 Academy Summer STEAM program)
School’s out but teach your kids electronics this sumer with littleBits. Shop Now!
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Digital Media Players

Apple TV

Chromecast

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Gaming

Minecraft

SimCity

Kerbal Space Program

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Microcontrollers

Arduino

Raspberry Pi (Will be in review)

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Website Creation

WordPress.com or WordPress.org

Blogger

Graphic Design Creation

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Screen Recording

QuickTime

Screenflow

Reflector

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3D Printer

MakerBot Replicator – l like it, but still working out the kinks. Can be temperamental so no Affiliate link.

Octave ABS filament

Thingiverse A site where you can search for objects to print or objects to tweak/remix to make it your own!

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