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Posted By KinderLab Christina On April 1, 2021

District Administration: Stimulus Strides – 4 Ways Robotics Blends STEAM and SEL

In this article, Jason Innes, KinderLab’s Director of Curriculum, Training, and Product Management discusses ways robotics can take a lead role in tackling learning loss and supporting students’ well-being. All key factors in the new American Rescue Plan.

The 4 Ways include:
– Small group work that embed STEAM-oriented coding lessons into social studies, English and math.
– Decorate their robot like a storybook character and program it to act out a scene.
– While studying civil servants could, dress the robot like a firefighter or police officer and program it to drive around the map of a city.
– Prove robotics projects to help young students re-connect with each other as they return to classrooms after months of distance learning, including positive communication, collaboration and creativity skills.

The article reads in part:
Elementary school educators can use robotics—and the programming that goes with it—to energize lessons, from engineering to English language Arts, as students return to in-person learning, said Jason Innes, director of curriculum, training, and product management at KinderLab Robotics.

“We know, especially for the youngest kids, that physical manipulatives and being together in the physical space of the classroom and working directly with peers and teachers are important in early childhood education,” Innes says.

Unlike the first two stimulus packages, the recently passed American Rescue Plan provides funding beyond the immediate district needs around remote learning and connectivity. Districts can use the funds to tackle learning loss and the social-emotional setbacks students have experienced over the last year, Innes says.

“Teachers can create integrated, creative technology experiences to support core subjects that are the subject of most assessments,” Innes says.

Many of the organizations that have developed standards suggest that embedding computer science into other subjects is the best way to teach these skills, he adds.

“Students are not sitting by themselves in rows of laptops,” Innes says. “They’re working dynamically, sharing materials, learning to take turns, and developing the social-emotional skills that are as much a part of a good STEAM curriculum as the technology is.”

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Posted By KinderLab Christina On March 2, 2021

eSchoolNews: Teaching preschoolers to love STEAM

In this eSchoolNews article, the team at Brooklyn Preschool of Science describes how they use KIBO within their centers. The preschool believes in hands-on learning, rooted in inquiry and discovery. This article shares how they use KIBO throughout their curriculum to bring lessons to life. “For us, the beauty of robotics goes back to power Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On January 30, 2021

Splash Magazine: 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – A Little Something For Everyone

In this Valentine’s Day Gift Giude, the editors included the KIBO robot as a gift for your favorite little valentine. About KIBO The affordable new KIBO Home Edition introduces young children to coding and robotics, inspiring parents, children, and siblings to engage and collaborate. With KIBO, children ages 4–7 create, design, decorate, and bring their Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On January 12, 2021

THE Journal: Forever Changed – Education Predictions for 2021

Jason Innes, our Director of curriculum, training and product management, is included in THE Journal’s predictions for 2021 K-12 EdTech, where they asked a number of education leaders what they expect — or look forward to — in 2021. We predict the resurgence of hands-on manipulatives, social-emotional development through engagement with peers, and less screen Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On January 4, 2021

Daddy Mojo: KIBO 10 Home Edition, Go-to Coding at Home for Ages 4-7

In this review, Daddy Mojo found that KIBO is a screen-free computing toy that parents of young ones should check out. About KIBO “[KIBO is a] screen-free way to hardwire young children the basics of computer language. For the really young learners, coding is about teaching their mind a different way to think. As a Read More