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A new wave of classroom robotics includes neuroprosthetic claws that can be controlled by the brain. Christy Crawford, a K–6 technology teacher in New York City, found it easy to assemble and says her students were “obsessed with the idea of building a 3D printed hand.” They even used The Claw to clean up the cafeteria!
K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard
It can be tough to stay organized with multiple devices and desk space at a premium. DeShawn Scott, a second-grade teacher in Brookings, South Dakota, found this Bluetooth keyboard a great way to stay connected to her iPad, computer, and SMART Board. It was “light and portable,” a big plus in a busy classroom, she notes.
da Vinci 3D Pen
“My class was so excited about being able to build from the ground up simply using the pen,” says Hannah Crowder, a third-grade teacher in Morgan Hill, California. Crowder used the pen to build a model of a wigwam with her class. “Students took turns using the device and agreed that it was fun and very simple to use.”
3D Digital Booklight
RhoLynda Hamm, a first-grade teacher from Waldorf, Maryland, found these bookmarks made “great visuals for building reading stamina.” The bookmark’s timer allows for self-monitoring, and Hamm suggests using them for a “camp-out” reading activity!
Minecraft: Education Edition
$1 to $5 per user per year
Minecraft, a popular app for kids of all ages, has been revamped for the classroom. “It could be used to work on reading, science, math, and social studies,” says Hamm. The game helps build “a growth mind-set, because it requires kids to persevere to be successful.”
Photo: Adam Chinitz