Edtech company Workbench Education today announced the launch of a multi-device application programming hub, which will enable students and teachers to code multiple Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) products within a single browser-based Blockly canvas. The programming interface works with drones, blocks and robots from Workbench partners Parrot Education, SAM Labs, and Sphero.
The new tool is available on the Workbench platform for all of the company’s K12 education partners. From the Workbench Education website, teachers can integrate coding into all content areas with this programming tool, in addition to being able to create, share, and assign standards-aligned projects to their students and classes.
Key features of the new programming interface include
- Blockly programming, suitable for users of all skill levels.
- Compatibility with Chromebook and Mac devices.
- Browser-based functionality, with no need to download or install external apps.
- Ability to save programs and link to Workbench Education projects.
- Connection via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology.
- Interconnectivity with Parrot, SAM Labs, and Sphero products.
As part of this launch, Workbench is announcing a special incentive for teachers who are interested in creating and sharing content on the Workbench Education platform. Workbench and their partners are giving away a selection of Sphero, SAM Labs, Parrot, Circuit Scribe, and Makey Makey products to the teachers who create a minimum of 10 projects on the Workbench Education platform between now and August 31, 2018, or while supplies last. Create more projects to qualify for more gear. Learn more about this Earn Your Gear initiative here.