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Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

Teachers do not need computer science degrees to engage, enhance and extend student coding experiences due to the abundance of easily accessible creative coding and robotics programs. Coding Software. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots.

A Beginner’s Guide to #EdTech Open Source Software

Fractus Learning

Did you ever explore a learning possibility only to realize that the software to make it happen costs a lot of money? Do you want to explore 3-D animation but don’t want to spend a lot of money on software you might not ultimately use? You might want to explore Open Source software!

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Hour of Code Website and App Suggestions for K-8

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to train your robot –a lesson plan from Dr. Techniko. Program a human robot (unplugged). Google Spreadsheets–decode and fill in color coded pictures. How do you program a robot –BBC’s version of this topic; includes a video, game, and more. Robotics.

Automation in spring 2016: two glimpses of the future of technology and education

Bryan Alexander

I’m not talking about Google’s spectacular triumph at having an AI win at Go (seriously, check it out , if you haven’t already). First, here’s an account of an Israeli-American robot designed to teach children. In Boston, home of the Atlas robot.

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

The CoolCatTeacher

They are collaborating in Google Docs with their partners out of town. Artists can use graphic tablets, software, or apps. Hands-on makers might like robots, a subscription to Make Magazine, or something to build.

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3 Technology Benefits for Homeschoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding is considered a literacy skill that kids should learn to prepare for the job market that now demands web designers, software developers, and robotics engineers.

How Do You Backup Your Data

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are many options, but a new one I just met is Windows-based Cloud Backup Robot (when they responded to my donation request). You create an account, download a bit of software, configure the back-up schedule for automatic or manual, and then push the button to get started.

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Authentic Audiences: Moving Beyond the Blog Post

Cycles of Learning

After reading Show Your Work by Austin Kleon I moved from student Google Doc lab reports in chemistry class to blog posts. Keeping the above in mind, this is my first year teaching a robotics class in the curriculum and I wanted to institute the same blogging strategy. Unlike chemistry, my robotics class didn't show as much enthusiasm about the blogging process. Below are three student created examples from my Robotics class at Sonoma Academy.

The 2016 Student Technology Conference Is Tomorrow! Keynotes and Speaker List Inside.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world, is tomorrow, Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm US-EST.

Future technologies now

Learning with 'e's

Google Cardboard was on show, but so were other alternatives. As they develop and the software becomes more powerful and responsive to our needs and desires, we will see some exciting new pedagogies emerge.

How should we spend $4 billion on computer science education? Get experts involved

The Christensen Institute

This does not mean developers and software engineers should all become classroom teachers. Gady has brought in experts, primarily from Microsoft, over video to discuss their career paths, explain concepts of coding, and even help coach the school’s robotics team. She doesn’t have the time to keep up with the rapid changes in technology, like 3-D printing and Google Glass. “I

Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Engage students with Sim City Software, model building, and a new curriculum designed to integrate disciplines. Google Science Fair – The Google Science Fair challenges students aged 13-18 to carry out a scientific investigation on a real-world problem or issue that interests them.

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Using Arduino UNO To Teach Programming, STEM and Maker Skills

Fractus Learning

Arduino, and specifically, Arduino UNO are an excellent tool to teach and apply basic electronics and robotics skills. Programmers build robots, remote controlled vehicles, household automation devices, and even make music. Elegoo UNO Project Smart Robot Car Kit.

The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

Hack Education

This is the last public talk I’ll deliver in 2016, and I confess I am relieved (I am exhausted!) ” – that’s Sebastian Thrun, best known perhaps for his work at Google on the self-driving car and as a co-founder of the MOOC (massive open online course) startup Udacity.

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Five-year olds and laser cutters—perfect together? Welcome to the first early childhood fab lab

The Hechinger Report

Related: Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code? Another challenge has been finding computer-aided design software suitable for kindergartners.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

Either way, he’s gone too soon; we’ve lost too much , too many in 2016. — Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) August 1, 2016. ” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot.

I Like Computers?

Adam Welcome

Yes - I use to set up Google Apps domains for Principals when I was still a teacher. Yes - I really love enhancing the curriculum in classes with laptops, tablets, coding and robots. John Deere the tractor company is currently hiring a Senior Software Engineer right now.

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education

His 2010 book was called What Technology Wants , as though technology is a living being with desires and drives; the title of his 2016 book, The Inevitable. Buying hardware and buying software does not make you or your students or your institutions forward-thinking.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

And “personalization” is the underlying promise of the new education software Facebook is itself building. ” Some 20 Facebook engineers work on the software, and according to The Washington Post , the student information it tracks and stores is not housed on Facebook servers, although Facebook does have access to the data. AltSchool, a private school startup, was founded in 2014 by Max Ventilla, a former Google executive. Adaptive teaching software.

Education Technology's Inequalities

Hack Education

Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” ” As venture capitalist Om Malik wrote on the eve of 2016, “ In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All.” This includes software, digital content , and websites.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Google’s press release : “ Google and Bertelsmann launch mobile digital skills initiatives with Udacity – 10,000 Android scholarships available for EU developers.” ” No mention that Bertelsmann is an investor in Udacity, or that Udacity’s founder is a former Google exec. “This program is a model of efficiency, designed to teach you exactly what you need to know to successfully pass the exam and earn your certification from Google.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via NJ Spotlight : “Few Class of 2016 Graduates Manage to Pass PARCC Tests.” million in charges from a Minnesota company over a software system that repeatedly failed during mandatory statewide elementary school testing.” Buzzfeed has more on the FTC complaint filed over the My Friend Cayla doll and the I-Que robot: these toys “collect personal information from children and send it to a software company that contracts with military and intelligence agencies.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s now unclear, observers say, if the FTC can regulate companies like Google or Verizon. “The San Francisco-based software company will continue a four-year partnership with San Francisco Unified School District. Data and “Research” My latest calculations on ed-tech venture capital : “Ed-Tech Startup Funding Data: August 2016.” This and other findings are in the latest Pew Research on “ Book Reading 2016.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Hechinger Report : “Can a wall-climbing robot teach your kid to code?” Investors in this round were the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CRE Venture Capital, Learn Capital, Omidyar Network, Google Ventures, and Spark Capital. Via Inside Higher Ed : “Knowing how often college students log onto learning management software is one of the best ways to predict whether they will stick with their studies or drop out.” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” “Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016 ” by Edsurge (which mislabels ISTE as the biggest ed-tech conference in the world). Google released a handful of updates timed with ISTE, including Google Cast for Education which I heard someone say was the product most enthusiastically received by educators at the conference. Education Politics.


Going to School, Running a Startup: When Students Build Their Own Edtech


And unlike most education software, Quizlet has attracted a loyal following among students who often rave about its features with a passion usually reserved for sports teams and celebrities.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to posttest by more than 50% and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.

CES2017 Best of Show Tech Tools


At about half the price of Mindstorms Kits , you can build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies with this new kit. So here’s a listing of Google apps for iOS and Android you’ll want to explore.

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5 Steps to a Successful K–12 STEM Program Design

EdTech Magazine

But as recently as 2016, a Gallup research poll conducted by Google found that only 40 percent of U.S. With the Trump administration prioritizing $200 million a year toward STEM and computer science education and tech giants including Microsoft , Google, Amazon and Facebook ponying up another $300 million , there may be opportunities for schools new to the idea of STEM to get started. . Robotics and coding: Robot Turtle board game, Sphero, NAO robot.

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How to leverage $200 million toward computer science—and rethink school as we know it

The Christensen Institute

Here’s what I recommended in 2016 when Obama tried to fund more computer science and what I’d still recommend today, with even fewer dollars on the table: Were these dollars spent across traditional education categories, we’d likely see most dollars go to computer labs, coding curriculum, and recruiting and training more computer science teachers (which we currently sorely lack). This does not mean developers and software engineers should all become classroom teachers.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. By 2016, Glam Media, rebranded as Mode Media, shut its doors , transferring ownership of Ning to Cyndx.

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments


billion in 2016, according to Goldman Sachs. million (A) 2016 Sinovation Ventures EnglishCentral $1.3 million (N/A) 2016 Kirihara Shoten K.K. 9 million (A) 2016 Fosun Group Kaymbu $2 million (Seed) 2016 Sinovation Ventures Knewton $52 million (F) 2016 TAL Education KnowRe $6.8 million (A) 2014 SoftBank Ventures Korea, KTB Ventures Listenwise $600K (Seed) 2016 EduLab Minerva Project $70 million (B). “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.”

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The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

The Hechinger Report

Five-year-old Mykell Robinson practices his reading on the Lexia software while a small group of classmates work with a teacher. What’s different about the trend today is that educational technology companies are eagerly marketing software under the “personalized learning” label.

Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition


Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition , which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent. That’s the question that Google’s Rochelle posed to Chelsea Sprayregen, CEO of Pie for Providers —and not because the startup’s name sounds like food.