My head is still spinning from all of the awesome games, gadgets, and gizmos I saw last weekend at EdExpo 2015! I actually left the expo on Monday afternoon and drove straight to my school for a staff meeting. Afterwards, I cornered my principal and immediately started talking a mile a minute about all of the things our teachers are going to HAVE TO HAVE.
One of the things the EdExpo folks asked us to do was walk around the expo hall and make a Top 10 list of products we loved. There were 50 of us there for the weekend - elementary, middle, high school, and even a few homeschool bloggers! They took all of the lists and made a Top 10 master list. I'll be back with my own Top 10 later this week, but I wanted to share the group list today! I also have to thank Sherron for inviting us to participate. I had a blast and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work and collaborate with lots of other bloggers!!
I'll link to each company within the pictures below, but make sure to checkout EdMarket to search for a dealer near you to find out how to grab any of these products in your own zip code!
Our list starts with a tie!
Your kiddos will love creating and constructing with Kapla blocks!
There are several different classroom or home kits available.
After you choose a puzzle card and lay down any necessary rings, you add in the green connector pieces to find your way from start to finish. You'll know you've found the right answer when your circuits connect and the trail lights up!
These sketchbooks are great!
You could have your kids create their own picture using the circuits and add in a writing piece to go along with it!
I know my classroom teacher peeps will appreciate these self-correcting pencil grips. I love the way the different grips help the student progress towards independence as they begin to master holding their pencils correctly. I think I'm going to start sprinkling these around my school! :)
Oh, how I wish I'd had these in my classroom for the last thirteen years.
So many kiddos with a need to fiddle and fidget can do so quietly - they just need one of these! I love the variety of fidgets to choose from as well.
You know your students love wearing those rubber bracelets... now they can learn a new set of facts while they make a fashion statement. :) Each band contains the answers to a different set of multiplication facts. We try to think of new ways to make a tedious task a little more fun - I think Learn in Style has made fact practice a little better!
Where was this empty number line when we were teaching fractions on a number line not too long ago? Or subtraction strategies in 2nd grade? Or decimals and mixed numbers in 4th grade? For real - if you are a math coach, you need to get these for your teachers. Yesterday. :)
We have another tie for 4th place!
These fidgets were one of my favorite products! I love the simplicity - a marble in a small mesh pouch - and the effectiveness. Kids will be able to burn nervous energy quietly and focus on the lesson or task at hand!
These blocks are designed to draw girls into building and creating!
This game was a BIG hit all weekend. I love that each game is grade-level specific. You could have multiple sets in your classroom to differentiate according to your students' ability levels, but still keep all students working on the same skill - sentence construction.
This is another product that made my teacher heart happy. The Reading Game is designed for one-on-one instruction for early OR struggling readers. I'm already hard at work on a follow-up post for this one!
I think I spent 30 minutes at this booth. These kits are SO cool! The apps are free, but they work with the letter and number kits. Your kiddos will LOVE manipulating the pieces to build words and numbers!
Are you excited?? I'll be back later this week to share my personal top 10 with you, but in the meantime you can visit the website links in the pictures above AND hop on over to EdMarket to find a retailer for any of these near you!