Education fifty years ago isn’t all that different in many K-12 schools today. Think about it, for most students they still have to go to school and sit through eight hours of lectures, and everyone hopes that during those eight hours that they are actually retaining what they are learning. That by the time they come home and get that quintessential question, “what did you learn in school today?” That they will actually have something they are excited to talk about than that classic doldrum “nothing” parents across the country are all too accustomed to.
Because of changing attitudes towards traditional education models seen in a majority of public and private schools, more parents have opted for homeschooling as an option as well as hybrid homeschool curriculum based co-ops to not only fill the education gaps they feel their children are deficient in, but fight off the boredom that 1-3 students say they have in the classroom. After all, it’s almost common knowledge that homeschoolers not only report higher levels of happiness, but also retain and learn more information than their public school peers.
For those on the fence about newer and more innovative methods of learning, all we have to do is look at the attitudes that our students have about school themselves. One big generational challenge parents and educators face are the massive distraction phones and technology create in a learning environment. According to an Inside Higher Ed article stating discussing a comprehensive study conducted by the Candian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, that “the study focused on the perspectives on instructors regarding technology use. While teachers and students found to have similarly positive views on the use of technology for class-related activities, teachers obviously held negative views about off-task activities. Sixty-eight percent of instructors said they felt bothered by student cellphone use, however, only 32 percent were bothered by laptop use.”
So what can parents and teachers do for much younger students who have grown up only knowing the benefits and pitfalls of our technologically impressive age? By creating an experience that relies more on active and tactile participation, and less on solely technology alone. This is where products like Labbox fit perfectly into not only the classroom, but are optimal for home learning environments as well.
Labbox isn’t a toy or a massive, complicated learning tool. Labbox offers a learning experience in electronics and computer engineering for kids of ages 8+. Alot to take in just from that teaser alone? It gets even more impressive! Our curriculum is organized into episodes of boxes, and every episode introduces new concepts in technology and allows a hands on practice with our electronic building blocks. With a hands on approach that will create fun experiences for both children (and perhaps their interested parents in order to help facilitate the learning process), this gives students an opportunity to put their entire focus and creativity into each episode as they gain all the principle lessons in the process.
Labbox isn’t just a series of “paint by the numbers” interactive learning experiences that often get solicited to parents trying to provide their children with something fun that will help educate them in the process. With our series of different boxes, Labbox electronic building blocks guarantee to empower kids to understand how technology works and encourage them to try, make mistakes and learn.
Some of you might be asking whether something like Labbox is even a good fit for your child, especially one who might not have been exposed to electronic or computer science at all. The great thing about this however isn’t just the basic knowledge they’ll gain, but also the skills they develop as they work through each box, and we built these with that exact intent. These boxes help create a basic knowledge of the technology the next generation will interact with in their futures, as well as providing them with the tools that explain how technology really works and encourage learning from mistakes. Even better, they develop problem solving skills, boost creativity and learn how to think critically through fun and engaging exercises provided in Labbox’s curriculum.
If you’re a beginning homeschooling parent intimidated by the process of learning how to learn this before you can even teach your children, or if you’re simply confused by some of the topic material, we have you covered. Included in each box are a comprehensive and carefully crafted series of educational materials to go along with the box. Additionally for further support, we provide our own Youtube channel filled with video tutorials and How To’s to help get you and your child well on your way! Even if you do need a little extra support, our staff are available if you encounter any challenges whatsoever.
Specifically for ages six and up, this experience is perfect for both boys and girls, and for parents looking to not only expand their children’s horizons and creativity, but create fun experiences in the process making Labbox a home run winner in a large field of educational technology.