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imagiLabs imagiCharm review – A programmable charm for kids

REVIEW –  Computer programming is often hard for young students to appreciate with abstract assignments. It is also historically less compelling for girls because of stereotypes and influence from peers. The imagiLabs imagiCharm is a fashion accessory that makes Python programming tangible and sharable.  I have one to review. Read on to see what I think! …

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Space:  A sharable flashcard system featuring spaced repetition

NEWS – As a teacher, I periodically spend an afternoon looking for new apps that I think might help me do my job or my students learn stuff, and I today I found one called Space. Space is a spaced repetition flashcard system.  If you’re not familiar with spaced repetition, it’s basically a system where …

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Cardkits are models of paper that challenge your model making fingers and mind

NEWS – I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was a kid, my parents didn’t have a lot of money which meant that we didn’t have a lot of toys. At least not the toys I really wanted, like LEGO. So my sister and I made our own models and miniatures …

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CNN10 gives to-the-point, daily news overview

ARTICLE – When my kids’ school moved online last year, like many parents and families, I was overwhelmed. And seeking information. And craving a schedule. One simple thing we did in my house was to start watching CNN10 together every morning. It’s a 10-minute news summary that replaced the longstanding CNN Student News. That way, …

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UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit review

REVIEW – There are many types of STEM experiences available for kids that support curiosity, creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, etc. I have reviewed a few in the past, and now I get to test and review the UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit. What is it? The UGears Differential Educational Mechanical Model Kit is …

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Every teacher’s favorite “brain break” activity, The Original Brain Flakes

NEWS – If you are looking for an activity to stimulate the minds of both children and adults alike, these interlocking plastic discs are the answer.  Building with the Viahart Brain Flakes is one of our favorite STEM center activities. Students love building individually and in teams to master challenges. The possibilities for creativity are …

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Use ModernStates.org to test out of a year of college for free!

ARTICLE – Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the student loan debt crisis. According to a Forbes article written in February 2019, about 45 million people owe a total of over $1.5 trillion in student loans here in the United States. That just blows my mind. If you happen to have high school-aged kids or …

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Educational Insights Artie 3000 review

REVIEW – With two young children in school, I have been getting more involved in buying STEM gadgets, devices and educational toys for them. It is great to be able to give them the ability to explore their imagination and creativity and with today’s children, computers, coding, and Artificial Intelligent/Smart devices have become the norm. …

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Give kids a jump start on coding skills with the iRobot Root

NEWS – Getting kids into creative pursuits is always a good thing.  If your kids have any interest in learning to code, iRobot has a new product, Root, to get them into coding, starting at age four or five. Root offers three programming modes: Level 1: Graphical Coding. Graphical blocks teach essential logic skills of …

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Check out KiwiCo this holiday season for amazing creativity kits for kids of every age including the adult kid :-)

GIFT IDEA NEWS – As the holiday season approaches, I think about gifts for my kids and even the creative adults in my life. As I have watched my kids interact with toys over the year, I have noticed their creativity especially with Arts and Craft and with STEM-related toys and gadgets. I have started …

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