Most recent discovery is the Circuit Playground Express. It has 10 RGB LED's and a speaker, input pads, buttons... can be programmed with makecode (makecode.com) as well as Arduino & Python. The microbit is a close second, but it does not have a speaker nor RGB LED's
I am a geek ; I love electronics. There are so many simple toys that students can use to design, create, think critically, problem solve....
Most recently I have worked with a Cricut as a vinyl cutter (Cameo also has a good cutter). I think this is a great $200 tool that has many uses in the classroom. Cut any design 12" wide by up to 24", on vinyl or cardstock.
I am a "trend tracker". I keep looking for new/better/best tools for my students to utilize to enhance their learning. That could be to help them learn better or demonstrate their learning. I am getting wary of using the word "technology". It seems to elicit fear & trepidation in many. Sometimes a pencil and paper are the best tool (they were technology at one time). Engineers do it, Doctors do it... "BAT" best available technology. This is a mobile generation who expects things at their fingertips. They have always known iPods & cell phones & Google & Wikipedia and expect creation and interaction and social.
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