5 Tips for Teaching in the Age of the Connected Toy

EdTech Magazine – Sam Patterson

What is the difference between a toy and a teaching tool? It is partly design, but mostly application.

Looking around a classroom, I can find many things that perform double-duty as both teaching tools and toys. From Lego blocks to math manipulatives, it is clear that toy companies are attuned to the power of playful learning.

Here are a couple of tips for finding the path to the pedagogy of the connected toy:

  1. Learn one thing
  2. Learn one thing about one thing
  3. Set some rules
  4. Fail forward
  5. Connect with a community

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