Teaching Strategies

7 Teachers & Students On What They’re Excited About For Back to School

Back-to-school jitters and excitement are an annual experience. But fall 2020 was a season unlike any other, and there are still plenty of unknowns as we head into the new school year too. Will our school stay open, or switch back to remote? Will teachers in some states undergo weekly testing?  Ozobot heard from teachers …

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What Can Martin Luther King, Jr. and Research Teach Us About Empowering Kids to Be Advocates for BIPOC Peers?

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated since it’s original publishing date. We added up-to-date statistics and resources. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most recognized names in civil rights, social activism, and nonviolent resistance, has been quoted saying,  “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the …

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27 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Inspire Classroom Creativity

Updated for 2020: Since this post was first written, the education landscape has changed greatly! We’ve updated it to include five more tech tools teachers can use to inspire creativity in the for virtual learning. Virtual Learning Tools The shift to remote learning had many teachers scrambling to find effective ways to share lessons, deliver …

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4 Ways to Create LGBT-Safe Classrooms and Culture

Editor’s Note: Because the need to foster equity and inclusion in the classroom is as urgent as ever, this post has been updated for 2021 with new resources for educators and insights from the LGBTQ+ community. If you have resources or perspectives you think should be added, reach out anytime to hello@ozobot.com. If you’re like …

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How Educators Can Practice Self-Care During This Time of Crisis

Practicing self-care is never a bad idea for educators, but it becomes even more important in times of crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic comes with understandable personal stress, but abrupt school closures and the need to adapt curriculum and student care indefinitely compounds the strain for educators.  Some had a few days to say goodbye to …

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Free STEAM Activities: Social Distancing Edition

Update: At Ozobot, we’ve been working with districts, teachers, and our extended community to understand education’s new challenges with virtual learning, a new in-person classroom experience, and a hybrid of both. The result is our 1:1 Robotics Program, designed for teaching core subjects anywhere without sacrificing STEAM. For a full remote-friendly curriculum of lessons for Math, …

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COVID-19 and Your Classroom: How to Clean Your Bots and Keep the Coding Going

Cleanliness and sanitation is at the forefront of the minds of everyone right now. With the widespread number of cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in many countries, including the United States, the world population is becoming increasingly concerned for their health.  The health and safety of our #OzoSquad community is our highest priority. We …

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Robots Are Better Than Cupcakes: Creating a Girls STEM Club with Dr. Hendrith

March is Women’s History Month! As many long-time members of our OzoSquad know, one of our missions is to get more girls interested in STEAM careers. In fact, our founder and CEO, Nader Hamda, started Ozobot after seeing his two daughters absorbing technology and scrolling to nowhere on their smartphones, and wanted to empower them …

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Gamification 101: How to Enhance Your Lesson Plans With Games

Technology has opened up new worlds for teachers that most wouldn’t have dreamed of a few decades ago. Students can get and give instant feedback, schools can connect and learn together from around the world, and there are hundreds of education games and activities across the web. One of the main features that has caught …

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Why (and How) to Teach STEAM to Blind or Visually Impaired Students

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education is crucial to prepare the next generation of students for the future workforce. But even as awareness of the importance of teaching STEM/STEAM in schools has become more widespread, unique challenges of providing the same education to students with special needs have come to light. The World …

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