Technology can be a great tool. I know that for some of their learning experiences, the boys love to get on the computer. My youngest son was tickled when told we’d have a month long trial for a newer site called Dacobots.
Dacobots eLearning for Kids: Brain Series and More
While there are many options for eLearning experiences, they are not all created equal. Some are very fact driven and may seem a bit ‘boring’ to a child.
For elementary grades, learning is often more easily achieved through a game format.
For most kids, games are seen as fun. In our house, my youngest will play math games all day long. But, don’t ask him to do a worksheet if you want to avoid possible hysterics!
eLearning Experiences with Dacobots
Dacobots is a digital learning platform for elementary school children. Friendly robots, called Dacobots, are guides for children to discover the beauty of the Earth. It is still in the beta phase. Eventually, there will be content for all grade levels from kindergarten through 6th grade.
Kids explore and learn at their own pace on a variety of topics. These ‘series’ include topics such as the brain, ancient civilizations, and arithmetic.
The particular subjects covered through the topical study can include:
One of the series already up and running is the Brain Series.
Dacobots Brain Series
The Brain Series has 10 modules which take your upper elementary student through an overview of the study of neuroscience. That’s a fancy term for the brain and its interaction with the body. (I have a Masters degree in that particular field, although I rarely use it!)
There is one module that focuses on the human brain. In it, the child learns about the 3 main parts of the brain: brain stem, cerebellum, and cerebrum. This includes some functions of what is done by each.
After a more instructional segment, they then revisit the function of each brain part. The child then has to drag different functions to the correct brain part. If they get it wrong, they are told to try again until all of the functions are matched.
Two other modules focus on particular aspects of the brain, specifically the neuron and glial cells.
Other modules in this series cover the idea of memory formation. Memories are things we do not always actively consider, but impact our lives on a daily basis. And scientists have some ideas of how they are formed, but not a complete picture. (This is one of the research projects I did in my lab rotations. Very interesting!)
Our Thoughts on Dacobots
My elementary aged son is younger than the target audience of 5th grade for many of the up and running series. This includes the Brain Series which caught my eye.
He has enjoyed dabbling in a few of the 5th-grade topics. While he might not get a great score on it, I know that his brain is a sponge soaking up a lot of information.
And, honestly, he did just fine on most of the components. Within the second section of the Human Brain module, he only had a few mismatches which were easily figured out.
Do you use eLearning platforms like Dacobots to engage your child in learning?
Would the Brain Series be appealing to them?