Tech Toys with Sue Gorman

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Sue Gorman, accompanied by colleagues Cindy Larsen and Chris Jamieson, presented “Technology Ideas for the Holidays” at the Educators Credit Union Home Office to retired teachers in the community.

Gorman wears many hats. She spent her career in teaching, but now she is an Instructional Technology Coordinator known famously for her collaboration with educators around the world through professional development as a global speaker.

The presentation covered the hottest new toys for children in the technology world:

  • The Star Wars R2-D2 Droid: This astromech droid can be controlled through the app on your smart device or through holographic simulations. Some of its features include authentic movement, droid to droid experience, genuine LEDs and integrated speakers. Your child can explore the galaxy, roam iconic Star Wars ship interiors and more through the augmented reality.
  • LEGO’S Women of NASA: This LEGO set lets your child explore the professions of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It comes with four mini-figures of Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
  • Osmo: This award-winning game system changes the way your child interacts with the iPad and iPhone by opening them up to hands-on play. Osmo offers several different apps for learning: Hot Wheels MindRacers, Coding Jam, Coding Awbie, Tangram, Pizza Co., Monster, Numbers, Masterpiece, Words and Newton. This system is designed for children between the ages of five and twelve.
  • Ozobot: This robot blends the physical and digital worlds and teaches programming for children. Ozobot can identify lines, colors and codes both on digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper.
  • My First Drone: This drone is excellent for first flyers with its simple one-touch remote and auto-hover technology.
  • Makey Makey: This kit is an electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. It works through opening and closing circuits, but instead of the circuit being closed underneath your keyboard, the circuit is closed through the conductive objects you connect to alligator clips.
  • Google Cardboard and View-Master: With these tools, your child can enter the world of virtual reality by surrounding you with stunning 360-degree environments so they can feel as if they are really there. All you have to do is download the apps to your smartphone, and voila, you’re in a whole new world.

Have questions about any of these toys? Contact Sue Gorman at 262.989.9660.