Saturday, April 25, 2015

EDexpo Bloggers Top Ten Products

I was recently given the opportunity to visit the 2015 EDexpo in Atlanta, GA with 50 other bloggers! I am here today to share with you the amazing products that we found!

The mission we were given was to nominate our TOP 10 favorite products.  Here are the AMAZING products that were selected by the 50 bloggers who visited the entire vendor floor looking for the best products for the classroom:

*There are a total of 12 products due to ties!
*Click on the picture to learn more about each product!

KAPLA is an ideal toy for schools. KAPLA enhances a child’s creativity, develops spatial awareness and encourages concentration, perserverence and patience. Played within a group, KAPLA develops social skills by stimulating children to interact with each other. 

Created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto, this puzzle emphasizes spatial reasoning and abstract thinking.  Lay down a puzzle card, solve the challenge by making a loop, and watch the board light up! Cool Circuits™ has 40 different challenges ranging from student to expert. Can you solve them all?

The inventor took her love of paper crafting and combined it with her science and engineering passions, and came up with THIS. Using LED stickers (yes, STICKERS!)  and copper tape, kids can create nearly flat circuits. It was so unlike anything I’d ever seen, and so perfect for learning about electricity!

The Pencil Grip increases comfort, teaches proper hand positioning, and improves control. Its ergonomic design also provides relief of hand fatigue and pain. Righties and Lefties simply place their thumb on the "R" or "L" on the grip and their fingers naturally fall into place.

If you’ve ever had a student who needs to fidget or has any kind of sensory needs, this is a thin foam block covered in four fabrics of different textures- perfect for velcro-ing under a student’s desk for a quiet, satisfying way to get the sensory wiggles out.

Math bands are designed to help students of all levels learn in a fun way.  "Math Bands for Multiplication" help students understand the relationship between multiplication and division, apply properties to multiplication, as well as practice fluency in multiplication - skills needed before moving to more advanced math concepts.  

The F.U.N.™ Empty Number Line explores the extensive versatility of the number line, while incorporating a motivational manipulative aspect. It represents the number system while, at the same time, is a manipulative where numbers can be moved, matched and plotted, up and down the entire number line. The possibilities for using the number line to identify equivalent numbers are endless, including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers. Grade level cards sets are sold separately.”

At GoldieBlox, our goal is to get girls building. We’re here to help level the playing field in every sense of the phrase. By tapping into girls' strong verbal skills, our story + construction set bolsters confidence in spatial skills while giving young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.

Boinks can be used in a variety of ways during occupational and play therapy.   Parents and therapists alike use boinks for those with Autism, Parkinson’s, brain injuries, strokes as well as cerebral palsy.

SayIt! is the vocabulary learning game loved by teachers, students and parents. Utilizing laughter as reinforcement, SayIt! is played in small groups of kids who help each other out and learn vocabulary, teamwork, critical thinking and theme building, to name just the overt benefits.

**This was my absolute FAVORITE product**
The creator of Wordly Wise and his daughter created a reading game that helps with reading fluency. Kids start with playing a memory game played with common words and sight words. Once all the words are mastered, kids are able to read a word card that uses the exact same words learned in the memory game. Once the levels are mastered, kids moved on to readers covering those same words. 

Touchtronic Letters are a new innovation from Junior Learning. The first classroom resource to work on an iPad. Touchtronic Letters combine the physical and digital worlds of learning. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to read about these great products!   I am currently using a few of these and many others I found at EdExpo in my classroom.  I will be posting about each one in the coming weeks and months.

Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow (Sunday, April 26th) for your chance to win one of these amazing products!!!