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Posted By KinderLab Christina On September 9, 2022

eSchoolNews: 7 Educators Share Back-to-School Action Plans

eSchoolNews shares back to school action plans from 7 educators, who shed light on their own back-to-school experiences, from early childhood education to STEAM and robotics and teacher recruitment.

The KIBO robot is included in the Integrating Robotics and SEL section and reads:

“We [Megan Bounit and Barbara Tennyson] both come from schools that use a responsive classroom approach, so we’ll spend the first six weeks of school setting up our routines. It seems like a large amount of time to invest, but elementary students need to learn how to go up and down the stairs, how to line up, and not to spin in your chair. If we do it at the beginning of the year, we’re better than if we have to go back and explain things.

Integrating SEL at the beginning of the year also pays off in the long run because students practice those skills all year, and they get better and better at raising their hands, asking for help, expressing their feelings, and working through a solution.

As STEAM educators, we have both found robotics to be a natural vehicle for SEL. In fact, your students can practice skills in all five of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL’s) five core principles through robotics before they even start coding. These principles include relationship skills, social awareness, self-awareness; self-management; and responsible decision-making.

The robot that we use, KIBO, comes in ready-to-go kits that include many different parts, such as wooden programming blocks, sensors and modules, wheels, and motors. To inspire social-emotional learning, all you have to do is put different pieces in different baskets, such as all the motors in one spot. By asking the students to get their own parts, you can inspire all kinds of deliberate conversations about sharing pieces. Students need to think about their own needs to finish the project and the needs of their peers who are trying to gather the same resources. This leads them to communicate with one another, advocate for themselves, think about the consequences of these decisions for their project, and communicate all this information with their peers. By combining robotics and SEL, we look forward to starting next year with a combination of efficiency and excitement.”

See the full back-to-school article.


Posted By KinderLab Christina On September 6, 2022

eCampus News: Why Every Preservice Teacher Should Learn Robotics

In this eCampus News article, Why Every Preservice Teacher Should Learn Robotics, Katherine Blagden, Instructor & PhD Candidate at Roger Williams University, describes incorporating robotics with her students preparing to be teachers. “Learning to work with robotics can give elementary preservice teachers skills for all of the subjects they will teach.” The article reads in Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On August 3, 2022

Drone Legends: Best STEM Education Companies 2022-2023

In this Drone Legends article, KinderLab is listed as one of the most notable STEM education companies! Here, they feature innovative education companies with the tools students need to excel. Listed under “STEM Technology Education Companies”, they say about KIBO: “KinderLab introduces coding to kids ages four to seven with their signature KIBO robot. Children Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On July 31, 2022

All You Like: Beyond Coding-How Children Learn Human Values Through Programming

This book review is based on our co-founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Marina Bers’ new book, How Children Learn Human Values Through Programming. Their review includes: “Dr. Marina Bers, a leading proponent of teaching computational thinking and coding as early as preschool and kindergarten, presents examples of children and teachers using the ScratchJr and KIBO Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On July 29, 2022

Tech&Learning: What is KIBO and How Can it Be Used to Teach? Tips & Tricks

Tech&Learning came by to meet KIBO at the ISTELive 22 Conference to learn more about its benefits for educators. Review their experience with KIBO in their Tips & Tricks segment. The article reads in part: “KIBO is a robotics and coding specialist that is ideal for education. KIBO, from KinderLab Robotics, is a STEAM learning Read More