The Arduino tool is designed to be a simple tool that allows students to focus on their creativity. The designers did all of the programming for the user so that they could concentrate on being an inventor. With a variety of sensors available students are able to create a wide range of experiments and projects.
The Raspberry Pi tool is similar to Arduino but is much more involved as the user does the programming. After reading several reviews it seems that the usability of this tool is much more difficult than using a tool such as Arduino. Most people said that they could see college students using it and possibly an advanced high school but not much younger than that. It seems like this would take some major training for the educator to be able to make the students successful.
Makey Makey is just so cool and I hope that I get to use it some day! It is very simple to use and from reading reviews it seems like the sky's the limit when it comes to creativity and ideas! Students of primary age have been able to use it with ease and from what I’ve seen, have had a ton of fun.
Oculus Rift is something that I actually heard about a few months ago. My husband is a big gamer and showed me a demo video when it first came out and was all excited about it. It is pretty incredible how realistic they can make everything. This could be amazing for virtual tours of anyplace around the world. Also I think it could be very interesting to use in a physical education class and also for science experiments. Many other companies are coming out with their own versions including Google Cardboard.
The last technology that they list is a 3D printer. This would be amazing for any classroom to have. You can pretty much print out anything that you can think of! Students are able to design and then bring their creations to life which is something that in the past they haven’t been able to do. There is a big difference for most people from seeing a drawing or design on paper versus seeing it in real life and being able to hold it. This will bridge a lot of gaps with learning for students and give them the confidence and drive to do more!