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.
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Teacher Guide Books
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom by Esther Wojcicki
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
Kindle with Immersive reading (also available on Kindle apps for Android devices only)
Lego Mindstorms Recommended
Moss Robotics (still in review)
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
Raspberry Pi (Will be in review)
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!