Last week, our team was in Orlando attending FETC, one of the largest EdTech Conferences in the US. Makerspaces, 1:1 device classrooms, gaming apps and augmented reality were all the buzz. It was great to see old and new faces in the littleBits community and to be included in your sessions! Check out our recap below:
Exhibit Hall: littleBits in the Maker Hub
On Thursday and Friday morning, the littleBits team was stationed in the MakerHub, running hands-on demos and answering questions. Community superstars Lindy George, organizer of Collier County’s district-wide STEM Challenge and Diana Rendina, Stewart Middle Magnet School Librarian, stopped by to say hello. It was also great to meet new faces and discuss your plans for implementing littleBits across all grades and disciplines!
Here are some more highlights from the booth:
— Angie Canon (@EduCrave) January 23, 2015
Makerspaces, Makerspaces, Makerspaces
Makerspaces were a hot topic at FETC. We are thrilled to be included in several presentations and workshops that focused on making and learning:
Leading the Maker Movement
“If we let them build it, they will learn.” Eric Sheninger, from New Milford High School in NJ, discussed practical guidance and valuable insight on creating maker programs at his school. His colleague, Laura Fleming, was featured in our school library makerspace case study and is the creator of the “littleBits Bar.”
— Josh Newhouse (@NewhouseOn) January 22, 2015
Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace
Diana Rendina, one of our Summer of STEAM Pro Library winners, has implemented an amazing makerspace program in her middle school library. Diana’s presentation can be viewed here and her blog is a must read for anyone interested in transforming their library space.
Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
Sylvia Martinez, of Invent to Learn (the MakerEd bible!), hosted a hands-on workshop at FETC. littleBits Kits were onboard to drive an awesome making and learning session!
— Vandy PacettiTune (@VandyTune) January 20, 2015
In TechShare Live, EdTech gurus Adam Bellow, Kathy Schrock, Hall Davidson and Leslie Fisher revealed some of their top products for the year, ranging from silly to game-changing.
Some of our favorite “wow” products included:
MakerBot is releasing new PLA composite filaments this year, including maple, iron, limestone and bronze. Our ideas for new projects are already flowing!
New apps are bringing lessons and abstract concepts to life. We especially loved Daqri’s Elements 4D; combine the handheld blocks with the app on your iPad to explore the periodic table and chemical combinations in a whole new way.
Motionsavvy’s yet to be released UNI will empower the hearing impaired with a new way to communicate with their peers. Using Leap Motion’s gesture recognition technology, UNI will translate signs into audible speech for hearing individuals; the very first device of its kind. Time has named this product a “Top 25 Invention of 2014” and we’re excited to see this technology take off.
What was your favorite part of FETC? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback! Send us an email to [email protected] to speak with a member of our team. Reminder that educators receive 15% off by submitting an application through: http://littlebits.cc/education_discount