Lego Spike Prime Kit Combines Bricks, Coding to Boost STEAM Skills

Here's a surprise: middle schoolers aren't very confident in the education system. That's according to Lego Education, anyway, which today announced the Spike Prime kit to help encourage middle schoolers to care about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).

Best edtech blogs for the beach

As the summer heat seems to be wafting through the land, many of us are recharging our batteries. As we do that and prepare for the return of students in the fall, the need for good professional development options often comes to mind. Historically, I have presented a summer reading list. This time, I have identified a few podcasts worth considering. Education 4.0 has a new series on the Edtech Podcast about the future for education. The June 26 podcast was about the personalization of curriculum and the potential of AI to assist with personalization.

CK-12 Foundation: Earth Science: Growth of Human Populations

It took all of human history until 1802 for the human population to reach its first billion. It took just 12 years for it to acquire its most recent billion. A recent estimate by the United Nations estimates that 10.1 billion people will be here by the end of the century. For World Population Day (7/11) examine charts on the rate of growth and watch a National Geographic video titled 7 billion.

RealClearHistory. Hiding there in plain sight. (With maps. Lots of maps.)

For a while now, I’ve hung around over at RealClearPolitics. For a poly sci junkie, it’s a great place to spend a few minutes or a hundred, digging into polls, commentary, and election gossip. But it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that realized that the RealClear network of sites also has a History version.