Last week educators, administrators and technology groups from around the world converged on San Antonio for the 2017 ISTE Conference. The International Society for Technology in Education is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of assisting educators in better leveraging tech in the classroom.
The annual conference brings together the best in the business to help teachers and administrators make the most of the tools available to them. Industry leaders in software and hardware also come to unveil new tools and emerging technology for the education sector.
Google showed up this year with some new tools to assist students in developing their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With Chromebooks dominating the classroom, more and more companies are bringing their products to the Chrome OS platform. Designing and coding have become core in schools and Google for Education has partnered with Dremel and littleBits to provide new tools for students to create and learn using a combination of STEM skills and Chromebooks.
Dremel® 3D Idea Builder
The Dremel 3D40 3D Printer, created by Bosch, utilizes applications like Tinkercad and web-based BlocksCAD to create 3D printed objects that are only limited by the student’s imagination. The Dremel 3D40 3D Printer is available from a number of retailers online as well as select Lowe’s outlets.
littleBits Code Kits
littleBits combines electric circuit design with coding from the Code Kit app available in the Chrome Web Store. Based on Google’s Blockly, the Code Kit app students can program their creation from an easy-to-use interface that includes 4 “inventions” that can be recreated and customized. The kits are available from littleBits directly and multiple online retailers.
Source: The Keyword by Google