What is STEM and Why is it Important?

What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Even outside the classroom, STEM is an essential part of our lives. Science is found everywhere. From why the sky is the color it is to what lurks beneath the ocean floor, science is a subject every student must tackle. Technology is continually growing and changing with every living day. With technology holding such an important part in medicine, commercial industry, and even education it is important for students to fully understand the basic aspects of technology before venturing out into the real world. Although engineering may not stem directly linked to your student’s life, it has expanded to must greater horizons than you may have thought. Engineering covers everything from building bridges to predicting future weather patterns. And lastly, mathematics is found no matter where you go. If your students strive to be accountants, or doctors, or even are inspired to follow in your footsteps and become educators, math is something that will follow close behind.

Why is STEM Important?

According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at a mere 9.8%. Students who hold STEM degrees receive a higher salary than students who don’t. STEM careers fuel the regional economy. That being said, it is important to start them early. STEM is bridging the gap between ethnicity and gender because no matter your race or no matter your gender, STEM stays the same. STEM activities both inside and outside the classroom are a vital component to student’s education. Students must be taught by enthusiastic teachers using hands-on and minds-on activities and educational tools.

STEM Products

For example, students could utilize a product called Cublets. Cublets are robotic blocks that are a fast and easy way to inspire kids to become better thinkers. They encourage cooperative and group collaboration and are compelling reasons for mathematics, computational thinking, literacy, teamwork, life science, robotics, coding engineering, and student- directed learning. Since there is no need for programming, children as young as four years old can connect and construct their own robots. Cublets are a perfect addition to any curriculum ranging from Pre-K to High School and beyond! Want to go further in the robotic industry? Check out OzoBot. Ozobot Bit and Ozobot Evo are both easy to integrate into any curriculum – STEM and beyond. Ozobot Bit can be as fun or challenging as you make it. Simple and intuitive to use on one side, highly programmable and versatile on the other – there is something for every type of thinker, with our tiny tinker robot. On the other hand, Ozobot Evo entertains right out of the box with autonomous LED lights, sounds and movements. Evo uses Infrared Proximity Sensing to avoid obstacles and App-Enabled RC Controls to explore the world with you. Another popular product is Makey Makey, which encourages students to turn everyday objects into touchpad while combining them with the internet. It is a simple invention kit for beginners utilizing some of STEM’s main focuses such as technology and engineering. STEM is the way of the future and it is our jobs to shape that future for students and educators alike.  

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MaxCases: Innovation, Customization, and Functionality

Have you recently purchased some new technology such as MacBooks, iPads, Chromebooks, or Laptops? If so let Educate-Me help you take the next step in protecting that technology! We are a registered reseller of MaxCases, which specialize in cases for Chromebooks, Apple devices (such as iPads and Macbooks), and so much more. We know how important protecting a technological investment can be and we understand how difficult it is to choose the right protection. We will help you pick from bags, shells, soft cases, bands, and/or sleeves and you can even take it a step further by customizing your products using logos and color choices (MOQ 300). Our protective case solutions can be set to align with your school’s name, mascot, or emblem using premium digital printing. MaxCases are perfect for circulating your school district’s ID both internally and on large scale. Why is protecting your equipment so important? Studies show that most damage to Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads occur when students are traveling either from class to class or even from the bus to their front door. MAX Snap Shell and MAX Extreme Shell are two affordable case options that are a great investment for all students in order to protect your technology. These lightweight, easy to attach shells protect from scrapes and scratches and provide maximum protection to all vital area. Not only do MaxCases cut down on damages, but you can also battle potential overheating using a well-padded carrying bag such as the Explorer Bag, the Ranger, or Zip Sleeves. Sleeves such as these also keep Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads clean by repelling dust and extending its useful lifespan. Click here for more information or to receive a quote.  

Chromebooks Are The Next Big Thing

Acer Chromebooks are the talk of the education realm.  Chromebooks take only seconds to start up and provide users with thousands of different apps, virus-protection, and a cloud to store and save data. According to Chris Smith, Director of Education Technology Communication Services Bath Central School District in New York, with the use of technology (such as chromebooks), “teacher’s roles [are shifting] to become supporters of learning and [helping] students understand what it means to be adaptable and collaborative” (Beyond Textbooks, p.3). Many schools are beginning to “flip” their learning by making students responsible for the independent study of material at home (that goes beyond more than just homework) while having teachers act as simply a guide in the classroom. With chromebooks, students are able to watch lectures or lessons while also having the opportunity to expand their learning horizons by participating in online tutorials… all from the comfort of their own homes, freeing up time in the classroom for more one-on-one learning experiences and interactive learning projects. Acer Chromebooks provide students with a new sense of independence. Now-a-days, students will need to possess a whole new set of skills in order to be successful in our technology-driven society. In the Bath Central School District, the IT department gained enough resources to connect their entire school district and are now able to focus their resources on curriculum and professional development, shifting the focus from the teacher to the student.Our future generations need to learn to become independent, collaborative, responsive students. Using Acer technology such as chromebooks, students can rely less on their teachers and more on themselves. Chromebooks and other technological sources allow students to apply what they’re learning to the real world using means such as video conferencing and blog sites. Review on one of the MANY Chromebooks available at Educate-Me.Net!acer chrome book 1 The Acer Chromebook CB5-311-T7NN has a 13.3 inch HD screen with 16 GB flash memory and amazing mobility. This chromebook can be slipped into your bag before school or work and you won’t have to worry about charging it all day- because its outstanding battery life is capable of holding a charge that will last you until you get home! The CB5-311-T7NN features the latest 802.11ac2wireless technology, for a smooth internet experience at connection speeds that are up to three times faster than that of previous-generation wireless technologies. The Acer Chromebook’s seamless touch1 functionality allows you to surf, organize, and edit with just a swipe of your finger. With this chromebook’s small stature, less than an inch thick, paired with its sports a fan-less1 design, you will experience whisper-quiet computing wherever you go!

Introducing Promethean ActivTable!

ActivTable3Although interactive boards and walls are the craze right now, why don’t you get your hands on an interactive table? With the Promethean ActivTable you can have up to six students working together or individually using educational activities, applications, and tools. Motivate students to work together to achieve a common goal or focus on one student’s personal efforts to complete educational games or problems. You will have access to view each student’s work, progress, time spent on work, collaboration tools used, and so much more! ActivTable   Promethen ActivTable offers a variety of interactive tools, including keyboards, musical instruments, math tools, and web browsers! All tools are customizable to fit your needs! With it’s HD LCD 46″ display, ActivTable provides ample room for collaboration. This mutli-touch table is wheelchair accessible facilitates peer learning while also allowing differentiation.     ActivTable2 The Promethean ActivTable is a multi-user interactive touch screen table designed for small group learning. Students will be encouraged to participate in project-based activities where students are able to interact and collaborate using individual tools, web browsers, resources and activities. Using the Promethean Activity Builder, a free, web-based application, educators can create additional activities for use on to complement lessons and teaching objectives.    

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ActivPanel: The Newest Craze In Interactive Learning

Promethean ActivPanelModernize your classroom and create a truly engaging learning experience using one of the most popular products Promethean has to offer: its interactive flat panel – ActivPanel! This exceptional panel reveals brilliant colors and crisp details to boost readability ensuring the best learning experience for students of all ages. Teachers are able to actively participate in lessons at the display with just a swipe, pinch or zoom. The intuitive interface makes the experience natural whether you’re writing with the digital pen or using multi-touch gestures.

Amazing Displays That Comes in Four Different Panel Sizes!ActivPanel

With full HD and 4k Ultra HD picture quality, powerful and captivating interactive software, and an intuitive touchscreen, this interactive flat panel exceeds everyone’s expectations.This extraordinary panel comes in four sizes (55″, 65″, 70″, and 84″) to ensure an optimal viewing experience for all students no matter where in the room they are seated! With its 4mm acid etched, anti-glare and anti-reflective, glass surface, Promethean’s ActiveGlide Technology provides an extremely durable glass surface, creating a smooth and seamless touch experience whether you’re scrolling through a web page, taking notes, or zooming in on a photo. As tough as quartz and as smooth as ice!

Take Student Interaction To the Next Level!

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ActivPanel

Students can interact using a digital pen or their finger! Digital pen and stylus are designed for the ergonomics and mechanics of both left and right handed writers. Using multi-touch gestures, exceptionally smooth and responsive interaction is always guaranteed. Smooth interaction and full HD quality isn’t the only thing this panel brings to the table! Using any mobile device, students are able to receive, send, or participate in digital lesson content making lessons even more interactive than ever! Teachers are able to observe and intervene with individual work teams while mirroring lesson content from anywhere in the classroom by simply using a mobile device!

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ActivPanel Technical Overview

Models / Sizes The ActivPanel is available in 55″, 65”, and 70” HD and 84″ 4K Ultra HD displays. Options The ActivPanel’s suite of premium stands include a fixed wall mount, adjustable wall mount, adjustable tilt frame wall mount, adjustable mobile stand, or non-adjustable mobile stand. Multi-User Capability Multi-user capability on the ActivPanel is dependent upon the application software and operating system used. Within multi-user applications such as Promethean’s ActivInspire software, Windows 7 and Windows 8, up to ten users can work simultaneously on the ActivPanel. Works with ActivInspire, ClassFlow, ClassFlow Connect, ActivSoundBar, ActivExpression, ActiVote, ActiView. Connectivity The ActivPanel offers an array of input ports, including HDMI, USB 3.0 and open pluggable specification (OPS). Power AC 100~240V Operating Systems Windows™, OS X™, Linux™ and Chrome OS ™ Software Access to ActivInspire Professional Edition Software is included. For links to download ActivInspire Professional Edition, please visit this page. To learn more about how ActivInspire Professional Edition Software can be used with third party products, please download this PDF. Warranty 3-Year Return for Repair Warranty, including an option for a purchasable two-year extended warranty.  

Introducing UniCabby By LapCabby!

UniCabby is one of LapCabby’s newest additions! Now-a-days there are so many devices available to students and teachers- it makes sense to get a universal storage and charging device. With UniCabby you can store and charge devices up to 14 inches including laptops, chromebooks, netbooks, and tablets, which all fit perfectly with out without protective cases. UniCabby comes in two sizes: a 20H and a 32H. Each shelf has a cleverly integrated cable management system which neatly stores and clips any device cable. Using specially designed and UniCabbymolded cable clips, Unicabby keeps cables secured at 5 points. UniCabby is fitted with Power 7 Energy Management System and automatically cuts-off when devices are fully charged. UniCabby ensures robust protection, a smaller footprint, and a secure and mobile experience. You don’t have to limit your mobility any longer! With UniCabby users can have perfectly charged devices-no matter what their device is.Comprehensive safety testing meets the highest worldwide standards, certifying the most secure safety features available. All LapCabby products are built from scratch and are designed and manufactured in-house. With every LapCabby purchase comes a lifetime warranty. What you see is quite literally what you get! LapCabby products come fully assembled and ready to use! UniCabby is a great addition to any classroom or library setting!

LapCabby Charging Solutions

Introducing Locka by LapCabby!

A great new product was just released by LabCappy! Locka is LapCabby’s new range of durable ICT storage solutions that enable users to store laptops, tablets, chrombookes, or a mix of all Locka-BYOD-1to1-Combinationthree! Locka creates a secure, central ‘hub’ for your devices and allows a safe place for charging and storage. The Locka can be used in numerous different ways such as: mounted to the wall (wall hanging fittings come supplied with each unit), set on top of a table, or even stacked on one another on the floor- creating as much storage as you require! Locka can hold up to 8 tablets, chromebooks, or laptops per device, with or without protective cases. Locka’s silent and simultaneous charging automatically shuts off when devices are fully charged. Labcappy promises a lifetime warranty and free shipping! Locka comes fully assembled and ready for use for easy and rapid setup. The 1:1 solution with key lock availability ensures a secure charging experience for BOYD (bring your own device). Lock codes are also available for users for who want an even more individualized experience. All LapCabby products are built from scratch and are designed and manufactured in-house. With every LapCabby purchase comes a lifetime warranty. What you see is quite literally what you get! LapCabby products come fully assembled and ready to use! Locka is a great addition to any classroom or library setting! For pricing and release information please contact us.

LapCabby Charging Solutions

Laptops Vs. Chromebooks: What You Need To Know

Both Laptops and Chromebooks can motivate students to learn through independent study and more in-depth student discussions in the classroom. Now-a-days, Laptops and Chromebooks are more cost efficient than library books and make it easier to assess student progress.The big question that rattles everyone’s brain is always: what’s the difference? Laptops Laptops, also known as notebooks, are basically portable computers. Most everything that you find within a desktop (keyboard, webcam, mouse) are combined together to create a portable computer in a single unit. Today the term Laptop is used to Full-size Laptops, notebooks, tablets and other rugged devices. The great thing about Laptops is that you have the ability to download Microsoft and Apple applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, iTunes, and Photostop). Laptops come with a keyboard, big screen, and great screen resolution. A keyboard is essential to those who don’t like to type on touchscreens that are found on some of the newer technology (i.e tablets). Since most screen sizes are normally 13 inches or larger, Laptops provide you with a much larger screen for viewing photos, browsing the web, or creating documents. If you’re looking for a portable desktop that is capable of browsing the web, creating spreadsheets through Excel, listening to music on iTunes, streaming movies, and much more then you’re probably more of a laptop person! Quick Review On One Of The Notebooks (Laptops) Available Through Educate-Me.Net! The Acer TravelMate B115-M TMB115-M-C99B 11.6″ LED (ComfyView) Notebook is a touchscreen- Intel Celeron Processor with 4GB of memory, built in webcam, and a LED HD 11.6 inch viewing screen! This Laptop weighs a mere 4.8 pounds which makes it perfect for travel. Its unique and cool FlowCurve design along with its large precision touchpad gives this Laptop its premium look. To learn more please click here.
Acer TravelMate B115-M TMB115-M-C99B 11.6″ LED (ComfyView) Notebook

Acer TravelMate B115-M TMB115-M-C99B 11.6″ LED (ComfyView) Notebook

Chromebooks Chromebooks are essentially mini Laptops- only with different features. One of the many great advantages of Chromebooks is the price! Chromebooks can cost half or sometimes even a third of the price of a laptop, but depending on what it’s being utilized for it can come with some disadvantages. Chromebooks are powered by Google, which means you do not receive nor can you download any Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. You also can’t download any Apple applications such as iTunes or Photoshop. However, there are many different chrome applications available for download (many for free). The applications are great and many can be used offline. Chromebooks are virtually hack free- meaning it is virtually impossible for viruses and other unwanted bugs to hack into your browser. If you’re an individual who uses a computer simply to check emails, surf the web, and use some basic applications- the a Chromebook seems like an awesome choice for you. If you’re worried about the lack of Microsoft application (especially Word) Google docs is a great alternative. But if you’re someone who needs things like iTunes and Powerpoint and more advanced browsing options then a Laptop is a better investment for you! Quick Review On One Of The Chromebooks Available Through Educate-Me.Net! The Asus EeeBook C100PA-DB01 10.1″ Touchscreen Chromebook packs a big punch into a little package. This Chromebook has 2GB of storage, a 10.1″ screen, and weights only 2.9 pounds- talk about compact! To learn more click here.
Asus EeeBook C100PA-DB01 10.1″ Touchscreen Chromebook

Asus EeeBook C100PA-DB01 10.1″ Touchscreen Chromebook

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