Category Archives: Technology

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Bringing STEM to life in our classrooms

Robotics is a great way to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to engage them in complex, strategic problem-solving. It introduces students to concepts and skills that are needed for understanding the intelligent, highly interactive information-based technology of the future.

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STEM hands-on learning tools

With the funds raised from its various activities, the FASP-Parents’ Association allocated funds to technology this year, which helped us purchase different hands-on learning tools for students from Preschool to Grade 8:

Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that will teach young children the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play.  It’s a hands-on, screen-less coding system specifically designed for children ages 3 and up.

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Bee-Bot is an exciting little robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!

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Pro-Bot takes skills learned and honed with Bee-Bot to the next level. A turtle robot, cleverly disguised as a race car, Pro-Bot has Logo on board and offers students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with Logo programming as well as robotic controls.

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The LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 is an introductory invention kit students can use to build their own interactive machines. With WeDo 2.0, students explore, create and share their scientific discoveries as they build, program and modify projects. Through a series of collaborative challenges, they deeply engage with science, engineering, technology, and coding, sparking a love for experimentation and investigation.

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April 2016: Keyboarding is an essential skill

Even during preschool years, children use computers and must be guided towards efficient keyboarding habits. Appropriate placement of keyboarding instruction in the elementary curriculum and reinforcement throughout their school years can provide the necessary foundation for the rest of our students’ lives.

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Ipad in education

A research study, conducted in Auburn, Maine showed that Kindergartner students using iPads scored much higher on literacy tests than students that didn’t use the device. Source: TUAW –