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Posted By christina On January 8, 2019

EdSurge: Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using ‘Hard Fun’

In this EdSurge article “Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using ‘Hard Fun’”, our Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Marina Bers, discusses a more playful environment where kids can become resilient, creative, problem-solvers, in a controlled, safe space like a playground.

The article reads in part:
I often use the metaphor of “playgrounds versus playpens” to distinguish between learning experiences that are likely to have a wealth of benefits and those that are less useful. In my latest book, “Coding as a Playground,” I discuss how playpens keep children safe, but they also keep them isolated. They limit their options, eliminate creative opportunities, cut off any chance of real exploration and erect physical barriers to collaboration with other children.

Playgrounds, on the other hand, allow children a much greater deal of autonomy and choice. Playgrounds encourage kids to explore and play together, and create new games alone or collaborate with their peers.

The ultimate goal of classroom play is to help children express themselves. Each child expresses themselves in different ways. The teacher’s role is to facilitate that rather than direct it, hopefully even orchestrating it so that the students look to one another for help, instead of their teacher.

Read the full article here.

Posted By christina On January 1, 2019

Getting Smart: Using Robots to Teach the 4 Cs to Young Students—Without Screen Time

Learn more about how Kathy Hay from Iowa’s Keystone AEA uses the KIBO robot within 23 districts to teach the 4 Cs (Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity) to young students—without screen time! She teaches the 4 C’s at an early age, so students develop skills for the jobs that await them in the future. The Read More

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eSchoolNews: 96 EdTech Predictions for K12 in 2019

In this article, eSchoolNews asked 49 EdTech executives to share their thoughts on their predictions for 2019. Jason Innes, KinderLab’s Manager of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training, joins other EdTech execs sharing their thoughts and EdTech predictions with for K12 in 2019. Check out the full article on education predictions for 2019! See the full Read More

Posted By christina On December 27, 2018

Tech&Learning: Companies to Watch in 2019

We are thrilled to be listed as one of the educational companies to watch in 2019 in Tech&Learning’s December 2018/January 2019 edition. This guide lists companies offering a variety of EdTech Products to K-12. See the full listing of companies.

Posted By christina On December 21, 2018

TWIT: Triangulation Netcast with Jason Innes

Watch this in-depth one hour Triangulation interview with Jason Innes, our Manager of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training. Jason speaks with Jason Howell, the show’s host, about teaching STEAM concepts to kids with the KIBO robotics kit. Triangulation is dedicated to providing interviews with the smartest people in the world talking about the most important Read More