Educator Spotlight: Jocelyn Ting

By Erin Mulcahy

Meet Jocelyn Ting, Science Resource Teacher at Union House Elementary in California. Last year, Jocelyn volunteered with our team at Maker Faire Bay Area and we loved hearing about her experiences introducing technology tools in her school. This week our spotlight shines on Jocelyn’s use of littleBits in elementary science classrooms.


Tell us about your current teaching experience.
I currently serve 450 students in a low income neighborhood. All of my students qualify for free/reduced lunch. I am a roving teacher, and I move from class to class with a cart full of science supplies. I teach 4-6th grade once a week for 90 minutes.


How did you discover littleBits? What drew you to our product/company?

I discovered littleBits through the internet. I loved the ease, and the potential to make whatever you wanted with the different bits.


Which product did you use and what made you decide to choose this?

I submitted a DonorsChoose project, and I requested 15 Base Kits. I had to sacrifice on the different bits, simply due to cost. I wanted something simple for my students to create with, but still enjoy and learn from.

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How are you using littleBits in your programs or space?

I currently have my 5th grade students using littleBits. I first had them play with the bits and figure out how to turn them on. I then had them make something from the instruction manual, and finally we created a carnival game. They had to make up their own rules, and then build the game out of different materials. We then took turns playing each other’s games.

If you could challenge your students to make anything with any amount of littleBits, what would you have them create?

I think in the future, I would like the students to combine the bits with LEGO. I want them to have LEGO car races.

What advice can you offer teachers who are new to littleBits?

One to two students is ideal for sharing a Kit. At three students, some of the students start to disengage.


Thanks Jocelyn for sharing your story. If you’d like to submit your own Educator Spotlight, we’d love to hear from you!


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