Big news, Bitsters! We’re happy to announce that we’ll be at ISTE 2017, a gathering of 16,000 educators & ed tech experts. Educators meet and share powerful ideas, discover new technologies, and make new connections with each other, education companies, and thought leaders. And lucky for you, there are two ways you can interact with littleBits at ISTE this year!
1. Come say hi at booth #2938
We can’t wait to connect with innovative educators and instructors. From June 25-28th, we’ll be at booth number 2938. What will you find at our booth? Expert Bitsters and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the brand-new littleBits Code Kit!
2. Take part in an interactive panel
There are TEN panels at ISTE this year that will be featuring littleBits in action. Stop in and see how interactive and hands-on students in your school, district, or makerspace can get with Bits!
Snapshot 217D, 2 of 2: Merging the Physical and Virtual Worlds With MineCraft and littleBits: Monday, June 26, 9:00–10:00 am
Discover how you can use Minecraft and littleBits to enhance student learning and provide opportunities for students to make connections related to electricity and engineering while exploring creative uses of technology. The presenters are a father-daughter team who play and learn together.
The Mad Scientist vs. The Mad Maker: Monday, June 26, 10:30–11:30 am
Colleen Graves & Nicolas Provezano will lead an interactive session exploring and experimenting with maker and STEAM ideas that will help you explore curriculum connections.
Snapshot 210, 2 of 2: Build Your Own: Mobile Transformation Lab: Monday, June 26, 1:30–2:30 pm
The Mobile Transformation Lab uses the ISTE Standards, TEKS, SAMR model, design thinking, and inquiry-based learning to transform instruction and inspire creative problem solving. Lewisville ISD Library Media Services and emerging technologies provide technical tools, instructional support and technical expertise. Students solve problems, design prototypes and learn from failure.
Spark Creativity and Innovation With Kid-Tested, Teacher-Approved Making Practices: Monday, June 26, 4:30–7:30 pm
Unwrap the magic of making as you learn through play, tinkering and design. Led by an experienced team, attendees will explore how maker activities can build community, transform practice, enliven standards and promote creativity.
STEAM Powered: Creating Kinetic Sculptures Using LittleBits: Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Collaboratively design and construct kinetic sculptures powered by littleBits (magnetic electronics) and learn how to teach this unit to intermediate age elementary students. This learning experience directly supports NGSS, computer science and visual arts standards.
Robo-Camp: Robotics and Programming Camp for Kids: Tuesday, June 27, 1:15–3:15 pm
Arlington ISD started a robotics and programming camp in 2016 for grades 5-10. Come learn how we came up with the vision and we implemented it from start to finish. We used Spheros, Mindstorm EV3s, littleBits, Code.org and had partnerships with the public library, the local Police SWAT team, and Gamestop’s innovation lab.
Inspiring Innovation in the Elementary Makerspace: Tuesday, June 27, 4:30–7:30 pm
Discover how to boost student engagement by building a makerspace for K-5 engineers, artists and coders. Learn how the engineering and design process fosters critical thinking as you use circuitry to create interactive storybooks, automate projects using MaKey-MaKeys and code. Then, develop easy-to-implement plans for your own classroom.
Gifted Education 2.0: MakerSpace, Technology, and Personalized Learning: Wednesday, June 28, 8:00–10:00 am
Learn how two elementary school Resource Teachers for the Gifted integrate technology with their lessons for advanced learners. Makerspace, flipped-classroom lessons, robots, and 1:1 and Personalized Learning are all part of their toolbox when teaching advanced content.
Innovate and Educate @ Your School: Wednesday, June 28, 8:00–10:00 am
Learn about our IdeaLab and Fablab! The IdeaLab is an learning space that fosters creativity, collaboration, and active learning through the use of mobile furniture, white boards, collaborative presentation system, computers, and 3d printers. Fablab is a program that showcases maker activities for PK-8 run by high school students.
Sparking Students’ Curiosities and Passions through Learning Experiences on Mobile Innovation Lab: Wednesday, June 28, 8:00–10:00 am
Our session will share the development and implementation of Baltimore County Public School’s Mobile Innovation Lab throughout the 2016-2017 school year. The Mobile Innovation Lab brought unique learning experiences to students, teachers, families, and stakeholders of the entire county and surrounding regions using innovative technologies.
Get more info on ISTE 2017 here, and don’t forget to stop by booth #2938 to say hello. If you’re tweeting use the hashtags #ISTE17 and #littleBits! We can’t wait to meet you in San Antonio!