Feb 28, 2015

EDExpo Top 10


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On Sunday I walked into this convention center to find a teacher gold mine!  So many products to see and so.little.time!  It was exciting!  I could not wait to dig in.

My mission: pick the top 10 products that would work well for my students.  I will be posting about this list and my ideas around them very soon!

EDExpo 2015 has compiled all the lists into one top ten list.  I am excited to share this list with you today!  You can find all these products at the EDmarket.  There are search buttons to look for the products locally or online.

Let's jump right in and check out EDExpo's top ten products:

 Number 10:

 Kapla Blocks are showcased at number 10.  These blocks looked like so much fun and not just for Kindergarten or Presechool students.  These were not your typical large, bulky blocks that we see in these younger classrooms.  Kapla Blocks look like a great way to combine creativity and critical thinking.


Cool Circuits by ScienceWiz tied for the number 10 spot.  This product includes 40 different puzzle that have a wide range of levels.  Another great opportunity for critical thinking!  There is even an example video on their website.


 Number 9:

 Circuit Sticker Books by Chibitronics came in at number 9.  These are really interesting because they are stickers that can be used with any sticker-safe surface.  Your students can strengthen their creative, little brains through these electronic stickers.  The website has a video to explain how they can be used!

Number 8:

The Pencil Grip, Inc was also at the EDExpo and explained their three step pencil grip set.  I have not seen a step system like this before.  There are a couple of students that I would like to try these grips out.  They also showed me a grip for a stylus!


Number 7:

Busy Fingers by Fidget Focus came in at number 7.   I am actually expecting one of these in the mail because I know that it is going to be helpful to many of my students.  I am really looking forward to trying it out in action.

This fabric provides a variety of textures but also has a thickness that allows the students to "push in".  My favorite part is that it velcros under their desk or table.  So many times I have found that a fidget becomes a toy.  I am really hope that this becomes more of a tool for my students that need stimulation.

Number 6:

Math Bands by Learn in Style are used to help teach multiplication facts.  It is the sixth product on the top ten list!  I saw people all around the exhibit hall sporting their Math Bands! Their website has a video to help explain it all!


Number 5:

Coming in at number five was the F.U.N Empty Number Line System by Learning Advantage.


This product was created to help students share their thinking with an open number line.  It does come in different grade level kits.

Number 4:

We have another tie for fourth place: GoldieBlox and Fidgets!


 GoldieBlox is a product to encourage girls to be involved and interested in science, building, engineering, and math.  The owner, Debbie Sterling explains more about her beliefs through a TED talk.
Boink Fidgets can be used in many different ways and state that they support individuals in a variety of different settings.  The company, Endless Possibilities, provides a long list of possible uses for their Boinks.

Number 3:

Say It! is a language game that came in at the number 3 spot. This game was easy for the representative to explain to us and helps to bring more language into the classroom.  It was also quick to play but engaging.


Number 2:

The Reading Game is a way to integrate an engaging word game with reading.  Students will have a reading vocabulary of 180 words once the series of books and games are complete.  The website has a video to explain the game in more detail.  There is also a page to explain more details about how a teacher can use it in the classroom.


Number 1:

The number 1 product of the EDExpo event was the Touchtronic Numbers and Letters.  I am really looking forward to exploring this product more with my students and sharing about it with you!  These letters and numbers interactive with reading and math apps that can be downloaded.  Here is a video to help you see it in action.


If you are interested in checking out any of these products further, you can click on the links I have included to the websites.  Or you can check out the EdMarket and find a store near you so that you can see it first hand :)  I will be writing about some of more of favorites and how I will be using them in my classroom.


2 comments:

  1. Looks like there were many very cool things! Off to click some links... :)

    Amanda

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  2. Great post! I'll come back to see how you are using some of the products in your classroom. Smiles, Jayne
    Smart Kids

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