While we were doing our stations, my
students kept asking where I got all of our amazing technology toys.
I'm a big bargain shopper, so certain things I found at Ollie's, 5
Below, Target (toy clearance after Christmas), Walmart, BJ's, Costco,
and a few other stores.
promised the students that I would create links to the products on
Amazon, so here they are. I receive no kickbacks from this at all.
Various Snap Circuit Kits
Snap Circuits help students understand the way electricity needs to
flow and what is needed to power various products. We had the Snap
Circuit Jr and the Basic Electricity Kit. These were a huge hit with
all of my classes.
- These are by Soyan and are fairly sturdy and inexpensive. They
nozzle can get incredibly hot, so the students should have adult
- Filament is where the real cost of 3D pens comes in. My students
have gotten much better at their usage of the filament, but they can go
through it very quickly.
Coji is a fantastic beginner level robot. He runs on 3 AA batteries
and can be controlled with any Android or iOS device. Super cute, super
safe, and simple to use!
- This a more advanced coding robot. He connects to any computer,
including Chromebooks and codes with 15 different programming languages,
including Scratch and Snap!
All of the different Stikbots work with an absolutely free app and
allow students to do Stop Motion Animation and use Green Screen Effects.
- These are building robots. Many of them require motors, which are
included. Lots of tiny pieces, but high satisfaction level when
Various kits that work with an iPad - no Android development yet. These
can reinforce spatial reasoning, coding, spelling, mathematics, and
allow students to create and animate.
A robot that uses color to code. Teeny tiny and adorable. Students
can design paths and tasks for Ozobot to do. There is also a coding
version which is newer and more expensive.
allows you to create video game sprites, rules, and other cool
functions. Kits are very easy to store and work with a free app for iOS
Crayola Easy Animator
- Students can color and photograph their creations and use the
animator app (free for iOS and Android) to create custom animations
- a "gooey" 3D pen that uses UV/Blacklight to create 3 dimensional projects and designs.