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Posted By KinderLab Christina On December 1, 2021

THE Journal: Robotics Connects Young Learners to Core Curriculum and Each Other

In this article, Jason Innes, KinderLab’s Director of Curriculum, Training, and Product Management, describes how robotics can connect students through collaborative lessons and help teachers accelerate learning for all students in math, literacy, and SEL.

The article reads in part:
Teachers this year are welcoming students with a wider than usual range of academic progress, even in the earliest grades. While some K–3 students are weeks or months behind grade-level expectations due to lost schooling, others are ahead because they thrived during remote learning. In this unique year, districts need resources to reach all students where they are. At the same time, teachers looking to work as efficiently as possible need tools and techniques that connect to multiple core subjects and build community among kids who have returned to in-person learning (or are experiencing it for the first time).

Engaging robotics activities that reinforce core subjects like math and literacy by using collaborative learning strategies can help teachers reach all of their students—but first teachers must be comfortable with the robots and coding concepts themselves. Early childhood teachers seldom have experience with computer science, and many districts don’t have instructional technology specialists, so robots based on longstanding best practices in early childhood education are a smart place to start. And because today’s teachers are more time-starved than ever, in-depth, in-person PD that doesn’t take up a great deal of teachers’ time is essential to lay the groundwork for lessons that accelerate learning not only in computer science, but in math, literacy, and SEL as well.

Some examples of how early education teachers can use robotics to make the most of their instructional time include:
– Introducing Students to School and Each Other
– Inspiring Collaboration
– Math: The Physical Number Line
– Literacy: A Tale Told by a Robot

Read on for the full article.

Posted By KinderLab Christina On November 24, 2021

Life in a House: 2021 Holiday Gift Guide – KIBO Robot Costumes and Throw Extension Kit

We are excited to learn that the KIBO robot is included in Life in a House’s 2021 Gift Guide! About KIBO: We’ve shared the KIBO Robot Kits on our Holiday Gift Guide as it is a wonderful STEM/STEAM learning toy for children ages 4 to 7. It helps them to create, design, decorate and bring Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On November 22, 2021

ZDnet: David’s Wacky and Wonderful Holiday Gift Guide 2021

In this ZDnet Gift Guide, David Gewirtz reviewed KIBO and included the playful, screen-free robot in this year’s gift guide. About KIBO “I am completely enamored by the idea of KIBO. As an educator in the 2020s, I consider programming a critical skill for everyone. Nearly anyone can benefit from understanding how to describe steps Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On November 17, 2021

TechCrunch: Gift Guide – 20+ STEM Toy Gift Ideas for Aspiring Young Builders

Check out the TechCrunch holiday gift guide “Gift Guide: 20+ STEM toy gift ideas for aspiring young builders”. We are thrilled that KIBO is a part of this amazing gift guide filled with hands-on STEM products! “The learn-to-code category as a whole continues to mature, showing a strengthening (and welcome) focus on art and design, Read More

Posted By KinderLab Christina On October 22, 2021

eSchoolNews: 3 Activities That Will Turn Classroom Robots into SEL Power Tools

In this eSchoolNews article, Kimbery Fogerty, a makerspace educator, describes using KIBO robots not only for STEAM lessons, but also for SEL. Kim explains how she blends the two in some of her favorite activities. She states: “A robot is the single most engaging learning tool I’ve used with students. It appeals to children of Read More