21CL TeachMeet (November 28, 2016)

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This is a free online tool that lets you design and model 3D object all though a web browser.  Objects you create can exported to a common file format recognized by most 3D printers. Use it for a design class. Great for STEM projects. Easy way to get kids designing objects that can be sent to a 3D Printer. Because it is online, objects can be easily shared or worked on collaboratively.

Website: https://www.tinkercad.com/

Review: http://21clradio.com/design-make-tinkercad-tech-tools-daily-148/

Cybersecurity Lab

Protect your young Social Networking company from hackers and malicious code. You learn the offensive and defensive tools of the trade, how to spot phishing emails and phone calls, how to work with visual code, how to create strong passwords, and more. This simulation is so fun that my kids replayed the lesson simply to see if they could beat their old score.

Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/

Review: http://21clradio.com/cybersecurity-lab-will-botnet-brain-trojan-horse-learning-tech-tools-daily-216/

A gamified series of lesson on digital citizenship directed toward 8-10 year olds and their Webonauts Logo (1)teachers/parents. With the motto, “Observe, Respect, Contribute,” kids begin their mission to save the cookie recipe of the Bamdudes from Bambu. The artwork is simple and kitschy, and the music sounds like a looped midi file. The combination gives the adventure a retro feel that parents and teachers may like. Game elements include frequent low-no stakes tests, and rewards, such as suit and helmet selection, and gifts earned through play.
Web Site: http://pbskids.org/webonauts/
Review: http://21clradio.com/webonauts-teach-wee-kids-digital-literacy-skills-through-gamification-132/

CS Unplugged

Teach computational thinking and coding WITHOUT a computer.
Sometimes computer science concepts are too theoretical for my students to grasp. They needs something more hands on and something they can physically interact with to understand. Computer Science Unplugged is the answer to my problem.
Web Site: http://csunplugged.org/activities/
Review: http://21clradio.com/no-tech-no-problem-can-still-teach-computer-programming-tech-tools-daily-154/