FLL WORLD CLASS Resources

We provide these resources to help you start your Project research, but do not limit yourselves to the list below.  Remember that your library, school, local government, museum, park district, or activity center may have a lot of information to share about learning.  Contacting professionals is also a good way to learn about the topic.  Read more in the Ask a Professional section.

Some of these resources were designed for adults.  Do not be afraid to ask a Coach or Mentor for help if some of the material does not make sense or some vocabulary is too difficult.  Discussing the work of others can help everyone understand the topic better – team members and Coaches alike.

Examples of Kids Teaching Others

Think about the topic these kids are teaching and the method they use to teach it.  Do they use a specific tool to help them teach?  Do they combine technology and discussion?  Also, think about who they are teaching – what is the best method to reach that audience?

Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show teaches viewers how to make simple technology and craft projects. 

Thomas Suarez gives a brief introduction to how he develops and publishes apps at 12 years old. 

Quin Etnyre teaches Arduino building and programming. 


Video

Re-imagining school: TED provides a playlist of videos from different perspectives about how to improve education.

Sir Ken Robinson, education researcher and speaker, is interviewed by a group of students about his ideal school in this 3-part video. 

Tech2Learn: Success Stories of Technology Integration in the Classroom: This video series from the George Lucas Educational Foundation looks at ways that teachers use technology in their classrooms. 

Learner Express Modules for Teaching and Learning: The Annenberg Foundation provides short video lessons and resources for teaching in science, math, and English language arts.


Websites
and Articles

Technology in Learning

Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF): AALF provides information and advice about how technology can contribute to a meaningful education for students. 

Digital Media and Technology in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums: This report looks at how kids can learn with technology outside of a classroom. 

EdTech: Focus on K12: This magazine looks at technology use in schools for teaching, learning, and administration. 

Internet4Classrooms: Resources by Subject and Topic: Find learning resources by grade, subject, or learning need on Internet4Classrooms. 

Learning Curve: The radio show Marketplace takes a year-long look at how technology has been used in education.  The site includes an interactive timeline of education technology history. 

Mission: Math… Sabotage at the Space Station: This iPad game provides an example of one way to make learning fun.  

Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): The ISTE magazine Learning & Leading with Technology gives ideas for using technology to teach. 

Teaching and Learning

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI): This site explores learning resources from around the world. 

Early Childhood Education Topics: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) provides information about teaching children through age 8. 

Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science provides different types of online and in-person learning ideas for science topics.

The LEGO® Foundation: The LEGO® Foundation publishes reports on education and play.

National Education Association (NEA) Tools and Ideas: The NEA website contains resources for teaching many subjects. 

National Science Foundation (NSF): This list of resources from the NSF is designed to help both teachers and students. 

Discoveries in the field of education

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): The PBS Learning Media site provides online learning tools like videos and games. 

Smithsonian Education: See how the Smithsonian Institution provides learning opportunities for kids of all ages.   

Scholastic for Teachers: Scholastic provides activities to teach many different subjects.   

TeachingHistory.org: Check out this site if your topic relates to history.

What Is Your Learning Style?: This quiz from Edutopia will help you think about the ways you like to learn.


Books

All Kinds of Minds: A Young Student's Book about Learning Abilities and Learning Disorders by Melvin D. Levine
Educators Publishing Service, Inc. (June 1992)
Stories of children who struggle with different learning difficulties.

Book of Think: Or How to Solve a Problem Twice Your Size by Marilyn Burns
Little, Brown Young Readers (1976)
Tips and simple, fun exercises to get you thinking more creatively.

Learning to Learn, Revised Edition: Strengthening Study Skills & Brain Power by Gloria Frender
Incentive Publications (2003)
Learning and study techniques designed for kids.

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson
Penguin Press (2013)
Written for adults.  A hopeful look at how technology is helping us find new information and changing the way we think.

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie
Routledge (2013)
Explains the major principles and strategies of learning, outlining why it can be so hard sometimes, and yet easy on other occasions.

You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong
Free Spirit Publishing (2014)
Explains different types of intelligences, and helps kids identify their own learning strengths.

 

Career Resources

Career Kids: Find articles and videos about careers in many different fields. 

International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA): The ITEEA provides links to many career and teaching resources.

No matter what topic your team chooses, there is probably a professional association of teachers who focus on that topic.  Here are just a few examples.  Use a search engine to find many more online.