Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or a homeschooler, you have probably, at one point or another, looked into integrating a little bit of STEAM learning into your teaching.
It makes sense seeing as how science, technology, the arts, and math are now such integral parts of our everyday lives and how today’s children need this type of education now more than ever before.
You know it’s important, you want to give your children those experiences, but how do you add it? Where do you start? Where do you find STEAM related materials to enhance their education?
That’s where hoopla digital comes in.
What is hoopla digital?
hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, television, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics.
With a library card, you can borrow, stream, and download content via their mobile app or their website.
You know what that means right?!
You can borrow books, movies, even audiobooks, from the comfort of your own home, with your library card!
What does that have to do with STEAM education?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
While hoopla digital’s library is constantly growing, their collection of STEAM-themed titles is already pretty amazing.
In fact, with their most recent addition of titles from Rosen Publishing Inc. (some of which are exclusive to hoopla digital), they now provide a wide range of the most STEAM-themed titles available anywhere.
What kinds of STEAM related content do they offer?
Again, I’m glad you asked because they’ve got something for every age group!
The STEAM related content that you’ll find on hoopla digital is actually fairly diverse so there’s bound to be something for everyone in your home and/or classroom.
For the younger crowd, you’ll find an awesome Disney themed coding series that your kids are going to love!
The Disney Coding Adventure series will teach your child the ins and outs of things like bugs and errors, algorithms, and conditionals with a few of their favorite Disney characters like Wreck-It Ralph, Olaf, and Mr. Incredible.
For the older crowd, or even for your own STEAM knowledge, the Looking Forward series from The New York Times offers a more in-depth look at topics such as Health Tech, Space Entrepreneurship, Clean Energy, and more.
Personally though, the content that excites me the most is their series of courses entitled The Great Courses.
Whether you’re looking to broaden your vocabulary, learning to speak French, or would like an introduction to botany, hoopla digital has a course for you.
With more than 150 of these courses to choose from, I know I’m going to be busy for a while.
How do I get started with hoopla digital?
Signing up with hoopla digital is fast, easy, and free!
Simply head to their website and click the Sign Up button. You’ll enter your email address and choose a password before searching for your local library.
You can easily search for your library by name, city, state, or zip code.
Once your list populates, just click on your library and enter the number on your library card.
Don’t see your local library on the list? They may not yet offer hoopla digital to their patrons. You can help change that though, by contacting your library and expressing interest in hoopla digital.
This service, while a fantastic one for anyone, is truly a game changer for homeschoolers and teachers. Now, from the comfort of your own home, or classroom, you can instantly access an entire library of information.
With just a few clicks of a button, your collection of STEAM related material will grow by leaps and bounds, giving you and your students access to more opportunities than ever before.