Students can make a difference in their communities by joining 6 million other young people trying to change the world for the better. As part of Do Something, they can hone in on their interests, use the resources available, and share their expertise to create positive change.
Like Minecraft, this popular gaming platform can be used to teach and demonstrate specific skills, with careful planning and structured implementation.
Popular game development platform has classroom potential
Pros: Roblox gives students a platform to share their games with a real audience.
Cons: With millions of users worldwide, it’s impossible to control the people and content students will encounter on Roblox.
Bottom Line: Teens who love gaming can learn to be developers, too, with Roblox's tools and hosting service.
Celebrate Aviation History Month this November with this online exhibit featuring the Wright Brothers. Experience the discovery of flight through three different interactive experiments. The first has an engineering focus helping understand the forces of flight, the second is a gallery of original artifacts related to the history of flight, and the third is a wonderful collection of songs that were inspired by flight. This resource helps illustrate the Wright Brothers' story and their impact on culture of the day.
Puzzler's use of real code fills niche in crowded learn-to-code genre
Pros: Charming art mixed with serious programming challenges and a gradual learning curve.
Cons: Advanced students may find challenges move too slowly, and struggling students may need more than the included hints.
Bottom Line: A great intro to coding, with solid teacher support, gets students using real programming languages and digging into some meatier concepts than other early coding tools.
Are you into carving your pumpkin on Halloween? Check out some ways to upgrade your pumpkin carving game. Master carvers share tips on how to bring your pumpkin to the next level this Halloween.
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
Pros: Offers a creative outlet to demonstrate concepts in all content areas.
Cons: Lacks some features for classroom use; kids may spend too much time playing with the program and not completing a project.
Bottom Line: Comic Life helps students apply their understanding with a creative approach, but guidelines are needed to ensure success.
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
Pros: Tool helps students develop confidence and clearly track progress.
Cons: Drilling limits opportunities for kids to apply skills in real-world ways
Bottom Line: Students can improve targeted skills with tons of practice modules and visually appealing tasks.
Ever wanted to see what a farmer actually does? This Interactive decision-making game lets you be a farmer. What crops should you grow? Which animals should you raise? Can you make a profit?
Code games or fun displays with mini piece of hardware
Cons: Connecting via Bluetooth is challenging; must download the program to the device each time.
Bottom Line: This versatile tool for learning how to program with blocks or text is a nice fit for STEM classes and clubs.
Celebrate the Incredible Edible Egg Eggcyclopedia. Learn about egg candling, one of the tasks of the egg grader. This Eggcyclopedia is a searchable dictionary for all things having to do with eggs.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.