Our Favorite Resources and Tools
We only recommend these items, resources and tools as we have actual experience with these products and services. These are essential for our teaching (and for our home) and our students’ learning. We hope that this will be valuable to you too.
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For the home!
One of our favorite things we ever bought! We were so fed up with air beds leaking that we decided to go with this folding mattress. Great thing is that our boys use it to sleep on and convert it to a mini sofa! Really cool. Pro tip: but a bed sheet under so that it stays clean!
Teacher Guide 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
Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Common Sense Media
PBS Fun & Games
Hour of Code
Library of Congress Education
Art for Kids Hub
Lego Mindstorms Recommended for Grades 5-12
Cubelets Recommended for K-5
The mBot! One of the best robotics platform for 4-12th grade students to learn how to build and code a robot. This robot is expandable and will grow with your child’s interest in STEM. Students can mix low tech resources like cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners and more to expand abilities. Recommended for 5-Beginner Adults
*Note: You though it does come with a remote control (you’ll need coin batteries for that), to get the most out of it, you’ll need to use a tablet, smartphone or PC to dive in with coding the mBot. Works with iPads, new Kindles, Chromebooks and other laptops.
Robot Turtles Board Game – Recommended Yes, an actual board game!
STEM / Electronic Kits
Snap Circuits Recommended (Includes 300 Projects)
Snap Circuits Jr. Recommended (Includes 100 Projects)
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!
Makedo Engineering Construction Sets
Digital Media Players
MakerBot Replicator – l like it, but still working out the kinks. Can be temperamental so no Affiliate link.
Thingiverse A site where you can search for objects to print or objects to tweak/remix to make it your own!
Tools & Accessories
This is our favorite on the go wide-angle/macro lens for our smartphones. We have iPhones, but works with other phones too!
This tripod mount is so useful for us as we can shoot in landscape AND portrait mode! Good for Youtube & Facebook videos that is optimized for landscape and for Instgram/Snapchat for portrait videos. So far, it helps us do things quickly and easily when we switch different video/picture platforms!
As we’re trying to eat healthier, we purchased our first air fryer (by Faber) and has become a family favorite in “frying” food without all that oil. We purchased this simple version (instead of the screen and all the options) as we wanted to keep it dead simple and EASY TO CLEAN! Definitely a favorite of ours!