This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending this year’s EdExpo in Atlanta.
It was a packed weekend! Not only did I get to spend time with some amazing Teacher-Bloggers and new friends, I was also able to attend the amazing Kim Bearden’s keynote address. For those of you who are not familiar with Kim, she is the co-founder of Ron Clark Academy. Her energy and excitement left me so inspired and ready to head back to school on Monday!
After the keynote address, we were able to explore the Expo, visiting and chatting with representatives from the leading educational companies as well as some creative entrepreneurs working to get their products recognized. At the end of the day, each blogger narrowed down our top ten products and turned in our votes. I will be sharing more specifics about MY top ten soon, but here are the overall winners. (I was so glad to see some of my favorites make the list!) There were a couple of ties, so you’ll actually see twelve products bloggers all over the country are excited about!
1. Touchtronic Numbers & Letters (Junior Learning)
Magnetic letters meet iPads in this innovative game. While I can’t say that I will be using it with my fifth graders, you can bet my little man will have a set when he gets just a little bit older! (Website)
2. The Reading Game
Primary grades teachers were all abuzz about this game that reinforces basic reading skills. (Website)
3. Say It! (Felix Ltd.)
Simple yet engaging! Students draw word cards and use them to build sentences. Already a student favorite in my classroom! (Website)
4. Fidgets (Endless Possibilities, Inc.)
Fidgets provide a way to keep busy hands moving, but quiet. (Website)
Books and construction toys for girls. (Website)
5. The F.U.N. Empty Number Line System (Learning Advantage)
Show numbers in multiple forms right on the number line to build student number sense. (Website)
6. Math Bands (Learn in Style)
Rubber bracelets students love with multiplication facts teachers need them to learn! (Website)
7. Busy Fingers (Fiddle Focus)
Keep busy fingers moving. Hides inside or under student desks. (Website)
8. Pencil Grips (The Pencil Grip)
Correct students’ incorrect pencil grip with this three-step pencil grip system. (Website)
9. Circuit Sticker Books (Chibitronics)
Students build working electrical circuits on books and cards. (Website)
10. Kapla Blocks (KAPLA Tom’s Toys, LLC)
Building blocks for all ages. (Website)
10. Cool Circuits (Science Wiz)
Puzzle-like circuit building practice. (Website)
Look for all of these innovative products at your local teacher store or head over to EdMarket’s dealer locator and search for a store near you!
Stay tuned for my favorite picks. I will be sharing details about each one and student reactions as I begin using them in my classroom. Several of my picks have already gotten rave reviews from my students!