As I've considered the idea of student engagement, I have not only reflected on my own teaching experience but also some of the things I have been doing as a parent in terms of my own children, their engagement in learning, and the things they are into. One thing that definitely stands out is what Lego is doing in terms of education and student engagement.
Earlier this month, my wife and I took our kids to Lego KidsFest in Calgary. It was the only Canadian destination, and it was totally awesome. I was able to join my two oldest children in building and engaging in a number of different activities that definitely had our creative juices flowing. For anyone interested in Lego, I highly recommend checking it out. Hopefully there are more Canadian destinations next year.
As at teacher, I taught robotics using Lego NXT robots; and as an administrator, I arranged for the introduction of a robotics class using the same kits/programs. Personally, I would love to see administrators and teachers get excited about introducing Lego Education products into their schools and classes to engage their students in the learning process.
One thing I have clued into recently, through all of this, is that Lego Education provides a number of ways to use Lego in schools for educational purposes. So... as we consider how we could potentially engage students and provide them with positive learning opportunities in our schools, I think this is worth checking out.
Check out the following videos of how Lego Education can be incorporated into School:
Lego Education Story Starter (Literacy/Language Arts)
Lego Education Mindstorms EV3 Robots
Lego Education Pack (Science Stuff)
If you have any questions or ideas of how we could work to bring Lego Education into our schools or classrooms, feel free to comment on this post or contact me directly.