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SXSWedu Showcases Latest In Learning Tools

Updated: Thursday, March 6 2014, 08:00 AM CST

SXSWedu is wrapping up after three days of showcasing the latest in learning tools.

 

LEGO Education was a force to be reckoned with, demonstrating three products that are currently being used in classrooms to further kid's interest in language arts, math and science.

StoryStarter uses LEGO pieces to teach students 2nd through 5th grade how to write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Students use the LEGO pieces to build their stories, which help them visualize their story line and put their thoughts to paper. New at SXSWedu this year, LEGO Education launched an app to go along with StoryStarter. The program retails for $700 for 25 students. It includes the LEGOS, curriculum and software for app and PC.

WeDo was also on display at SXSW. The LEGO Education product helps to promote STEM education. Students use WeDo build robots and programming, using sensors and motors. WeDo retails for $200.

Another hot product on the floor was MindStorms. It's also a robot building product that is a bit more advanced and tailored for middle school students. MindStorms retails for $430. Currently the Thinkery, Austin's newest children's museum, uses Mindstorms during after school programs and camps.

The software for both WeDo and MindStorms was built locally here in Austin by National Instruments.

By Ashley Miller

SXSWedu Showcases Latest In Learning Tools


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