Cross-Curricular Resource Presenting Coding Principles to Children
Designed by Primo in New Zealand, Cubetto offers a fun and engaging way for children to learn the principles of coding through a myriad of themes and subjects, including literacy, numeracy, math, and science. This friendly wooden robot encourages students to practice life skills, such as collaboration, through hands-on play and helps them to develop other important proficiencies, such as spatial awareness and storytelling. More than 20,000 educators and parents in 90-plus countries use Cubetto to introduce coding in Montessori kindergartens, primary schools, early learning centers, homeschools, special needs classrooms, afterschool programs, public libraries, and community centers. A number of resources help teachers to implement Cubetto. They can get started with the teacher’s guide and then investigate the lesson plans for more ideas on how to integrate Cubetto into the classroom. The Cubetto playset includes 1x Cubetto, 1x Board, 16x Blocks, 1x World Map, and 1x Story Book at a cost of $225 US. Other package options are available.
SAM Space Education is a programming app for iOS that teaches students how to apply computational thinking to design algorithms and programs. It can be paired with hardware SAM Blocks that feature buttons, DC motors, LED lights, sliders, buzzers, and more.
pi-top is an award-winning ecosystem that gives every learner the opportunity to be inspired by making.pi-top’s award-winning modular computing platform, supported by curriculum tools and software, brings computer science and multidisciplinary STEAM education to life. Learners are invited to work collaboratively on real-world challenges and projects using the pi-top physical computing and coding platform and develop creative, critical, and computational thinking skills. The new pi-top Learning System provides all the tools and support necessary to deliver the very best STEAM education to students. With the pi-top Learning System, educators can develop their students’ digital expertise and equip them with essential skills to thrive in the future. Attending ISTE 2018? Discover the pi-top Learning System at booth 812.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”