For UK schools. Now is the time to plan your STE(A)M curriculum but what to do, what to purchase, where to go for digital resources.
We have been very active in working with our educational partners to bring a variety of resources to education. The main problem is working out the best way to bring these fantastic resources to the attention of those who have the decision making responsibility in schools.
While we were thinking about this we pondered on the massive changes to TynCan Learning over the past year and so we thought we would simply highlight what we have to offer. Our overriding philosophy is simple:
GET DIGITAL RESOURCES INTO THE HANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE!
For us, the best way to do that is to engage teachers and offer them a way to see how digital technologies can enhance the whole curriculum.
We are very proud of the way we have selected the products which we offer to schools. The one thing we will not do is cold sell to schools. If a teacher sees a product, they can usually decide if it has an educational value and if they do decide then the hard part is how to purchase it.
TYNCAN LEARNING DIGITAL PRODUCTS
For more information: https://codeucate.org/tyncan
We are really happy to have teamed up again with Insight Resources to be able to offer the MrBit: software for the BBC Micro:bit. We have known the company for a very long time and I used their software successfully when I was in the classroom. We offer single and site licences for the PC. We are unable to register referrals via the Apps store for the iPad so if you do buy for your iPad, if you let me know I may receive a commission. If you would like the PC edition then simply go to https://www.tyncan.com/mr-bit
We have a great relationship with Seamus O’Neill who is the founder/owner of Ready Steady Code. His idea to MIT to include vector grids into Scratch enhanced the program significantly and allowed him to combine coding and mathematics which has enhanced the Scratch program but also engages young people. We are distributors for his excellent book and also his very useful flip books and charts. We are also co-ordinating training in the UK.
For more information https://www.tyncan.com/ready-steady-code
We have worked a number of years with the technology company Globisens. Their data loggers Labdisc are extremely easy to use, the software is available free to use on all devices and operating systems and all the loggers have GPS technology. They have dataloggers for General science but also specific loggers which will cover the Physics, Biology and Chemistry syllabus. There is also one specifically for studying the environment. The company built a mini datalogger which is used in conjunction with tablets. The system is very robust and many schools in the UK are using them successfully to support their STE(A)M agenda.
Experiments using the Labdisc.
As part of our quest to get digital kit into the hands of young people, we have started a hire scheme which enables a school to use 4 general science data loggers in a school for half a term. This allows school budgets to provide high specification technology to enhance learning.
Our partners in Chennai RobotixEdu have a suite of highly engaging products which we are able to distribute in the UK and Ireland. Phiro is a very flexible robot. It has the ability to be a floor robot but can also be transformed into the centrepiece of structure involving Lego, Morphun, Mega Blocks, Duplo.
The robot can also be programmed via a key press, or by coded Swish cards or by mobile phone. It can also be controlled via speech and images. This is a vet versatile device which can be used throughout the school.
See how versatile the Phiro can be https://www.tyncan.com/phiro
Playbits from RobotixEdu is a screen-free learning system whereby visual and aural feedback is given to the users. The system will support language, maths, music and coding. By using an intuitive electronic wand the user can interact with the system to recognise colours, musical instruments and also put together algorithms to follow a path to rewards. The system is Braille compatible with programmed discs with raised braille print for recognition. The wand can be manipulated for different languages and accents via a USB connection and software.
For more information https://www.tyncan.com/taco-playbits
PlayBricks from RobotixEdu are an excellent way to introduce programming through play. The system has a base brick and several motors, LEDs and sensor bricks which can integrate with other brick on the market to create moving devices. The devices can also be controlled by using a PlayBits wand and discs adding to the notion of screen-free coding.
Click here to see more. https://www.tyncan.com/taco-playbricks
Marty the Robot is a really clever piece of engineering from our friends in Scotland Robotical. The Robot comes fully assembled and ready to go or you can purchase it in kit form and build it yourself. Marty engages children and adults alike and is very versatile in the classroom.
Find out more https://www.tyncan.com/marty-the-robot
What is it?: The Hummingbird Kit is comprised of lights, sensors, and motors which allow students to build a robot out of any materials.
Keystage: suitable for Key Stage 2 +
Software Compatibility: Snap!, BirdBlox, MakeCode, Python, Java
Compatibility: Chromebook, Windows Mac, iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Bring cardboard models to live by creating ways to move and connect together joints which can really engage young people. For more information https://www.tyncan.com/birdbraintechnologies
At TynCan Learning we are always looking for creative and innovative ideas and ways to engage our young people and teachers in learning. We are proud to be part of the Storyball phenomenon.
Storyball is a device which is full of technology. It utilises stories and challenges to get children playing, learning and moving their bodies. Storyball keeps children moving by encouraging them to complete activities outside or inside, with friends or on their own.
Instead of using technology to mindlessly stare at a screen, children are engaged with the world around them on an adventure tailored for them.
The Storyball is now in production, the company have been extensively making sure the technology works especially the speaker system inside the Storyball which is so important for those using the device to be able to hear the instructions. We hope to have the product ready late in the Autumn term 2019.
We hope that we can continue to support schools and young people to engage with technology in a meaningful and fun way so that they will learn and grow.
We hope you now have a clear idea of the type of digital technology
we want to bring to education.