January 19, 2017

Test Drive

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

SLJ Reviews Kid-Friendly Robots Dash and Dot | Test Drive

Dash and Dot, by Wonder Workshop, are two robot “buddies” that arrive ready to play and program out of the box. Chad Sansing takes them for a test drive and considers their potential application in the classroom.

SLJ Reviews Duolingo for Schools | Test Drive

Duolingo has released Duolingo for Schools for grades 6 and up, based on its popular free site for foreign language learners. Melissa Techman covers the teacher dashboard and the application’s potential use in the classroom.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

IPad Games Blend with the Physical World | SLJ Reviews Osmo

“Osmo is part app and part iPad, with a little physical hackery thrown in,” writes Chad Sansing, who considers the new gaming platform’s potential for the classroom in his review.

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.

SLJ Reviews the AWE Tablet: A fast device, delivering blended content to individual students

Chad Sansing assesses AWE’s tablet device, with advice on its potential use in the classroom.

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.

Test Driving 3Doodler, the 3-D Pen | screencast tutorial

While the device may have some improvements in subsequent iterations, the 3-D pen has potential for use with teens, especially with burgeoning maker programs.