How I Use It
We used this in grade 4 to explore and study habitats. Using the Merge Cube add-on to create different habitats on each side of the cube students had a chance to attach different habitats from around Canada including trees, plants and animals. Students had a great chance to learn a lot about each of the different zones and what plants and animals would be found and how they might interact with each other.
I think that this is a great tool for students to be able to use to explore and create in the classroom. I compare it to Scratch but in 3D. So many options for creating and building for learners of all ages. The one thing that is hard to deal with is the price point with the different number of seats. Remember that the teacher takes up one seat when you are thinking about how many seats you are looking for in your package.
A few things that I would like to see in the platform - would be a user profile that when someone shares a project is would be found here. I know that one can explore the Gallery - but if I have found a great project by someone, I like to explore other projects by the same person. The other thing is that objects can be programmed in CoBlocks or Typescript, both of which are very well documented. Having a way to sort based on coding or some more examples would be great for people when they are making that transition from block coding to text coding. Overall, I'm excited to continue using this in my classrooms and seeing the creative projects that students create with some guidance.