Posted By christina On June 24, 2019
In this Wired article, the writer discusses the importance of the early learning coding. While there are many on-screen coding methods available to young learners, there is a push to have children this young to use screen-free options. The article continues:
Benedict Gaster, an associate professor in physical computing at the University of the West of England, wonders whether three- and four-year-olds really need to be sitting in front of a screen. “I’m not arguing that they shouldn’t use devices. It just shouldn’t be the only means of teaching. I would argue that children playing with building blocks is teaching problem solving skills.”
Then there is KIBO, a robotic kit that works with wooden blocks, used to create a sequence of instructions. The child can then scan the blocks with a small robot to tell it what to do, and the robot starts to move. These toys don’t have screens, and are part of STEAM, an educational approach that incorporates the arts into the STEM model that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Read on for the full Wire article.
Posted By christina On June 5, 2019
Education Dive discusses how Miami-Dade County Public Schools launched a preschool coding and robotics program in some of its child care centers, using high school students to help with the teaching. The older and younger students work with KinderLab Robotics’ KIBO robots — a simplistic coding robot which teaches the first steps of coding. The Read More
Posted By christina On June 2, 2019
In this Getting Smart article Cate Heroman of the Knock Knock Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana discusses how she integrates hands-on STEAM learning at the museum. They encourage kids to learn through play using modern technology, such as KIBO, in combination with beloved stories—both old and new. Kids listen to stories every day, so logic Read More
Posted By christina On May 29, 2019
In Miami-Dade County School Districts’ Hialeah Gardens High School, their students are studying to become childcare professionals. Part of their studies are for those students to teach preschool kids within their child care center. They use KIBO robots to teach preschool coding to the preschool kids. With KIBO, they don’t have to use any screen Read More
Posted By christina On May 23, 2019
In this Edutopia article, Elizabeth Aguila, who runs the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Academy of Education, a high school career academy for future teachers, discusses strategies for having older students teach younger ones. As part of their preschool curriculum, they added a STEAM initiative this past year. Her high school students created lessons to introduce Read More