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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! Open Source Software. In contrast, Open Source software groups allow you to download the source code, so that you can add to or alter the function of the software.

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. Build with Chrome –kind of like Minecraft, more like Google Earth Warehouse; use virtual Lego blocks to build in your browser. Robotics. Squeakland –build etoys with downloaded software.


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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. Using coding software, offline and online coding activities, and resources found on websites such as, students and teachers together use a design thinking process to understand, define, ideate, plan, build and test coding-based projects. Coding Software.

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. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. The gifts that change your life are the ones you didn’t know you wanted in the first place. I can tell the kids who get this kind of gift. They are different. Let me tell you how.

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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. Quick searches of Google Play or iTunes will help you find the best apps for your kids and help you meet their learning needs. One of the wonderful Ask a Tech Teacher contributers, Jenny Wise, is a busy homeschooler who suggested I publish an article about the benefits of technology for the homeschooler.

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.

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

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. You can also import the entire calendar (Google) into your own calendar, or add selected sessions to your personal calendar to be sure that you don't miss them.

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. First Robotics – This involves teams of professional and high school students to solve engineering problems.


Future technologies now

Learning with 'e's

Google Cardboard was on show, but so were other alternatives. Robotics featured quite heavily, but the star of the show was undoubtedly the Double 2 virtual presence technology - essentially an iPad mounted on top of a column transported by a Segway, as used by the likes of exiled former intelligence officer Edward Snowden. As they develop and the software becomes more powerful and responsive to our needs and desires, we will see some exciting new pedagogies emerge.

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. Simply put, Arduino itself is “ an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software “ The word “Arduino” encompasses both the hardware and software. 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. “Software is eating the world,” investor Marc Andreessen pronounced in a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2011. 2016 – the phones in their pockets.

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? That was also the primary question in January 2015, when Jan Morrison, president and CEO of TIES ( Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM ), invited BADM staff along with other early childhood experts, software developers and representatives from MIT’s Fab Foundation to meet in Washington, D.C. Another challenge has been finding computer-aided design software suitable for kindergartners.

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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. Most compelling, the robot has an emotional function, a form of “affective computing,” where the bot identifies learners’ moods and reacts. In Boston, home of the Atlas 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. By the way, Kindergarten students can log into Google Apps - they can. It happened again. Of course I'm use to it, but it's a bigger problem than what's really on the surface.

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education

Last summer, when I gave a keynote at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, I talked about “ teaching machines and Turing machines ,” tracing some of the origins of artificial intelligence and scrutinizing the work that those of us in education – students, teachers, administrators – are increasing asking software and hardware to do. The companies selling us the hardware and software to store this data are fragile.

Observation and self-reflection in the classroom

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in October 2016 and is re-posted here with permission. __ On the Discovery Education in Action page , Discovery Education has been showcasing educators from around the world as they use Discovery Education services such as Discovery Education Streaming and Techbooks to enhance teaching and advance learning in a meaningful way.

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.”

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” That’s because the stories told this year to keep us hustling and to keep up imagining a certain kind of future are almost all about robots. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again we were told “robots are coming for your jobs.” We must encourage people to pursue “robot resistant” majors in college. Robots are much more ideal as workers, because of course they cannot unionize.

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 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.

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'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 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

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

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.”

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online ACHIEVE3000 & ICIVIC ( ) & ( ) Achieve3000 and iCivics are partnering to offer middle and high school students government and civics lessons designed so that students can learn the fundamentals of American democracy at their own individual reading levels. The application is free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

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. Clara Nevins, a 19-year-old Southern Californian currently attending Harvard University, co-founded Bridge the Divide three years ago in the wake of the 2016 election. Andrew Sutherland had no idea that the thing he programmed as a 15 year old would become a full-time profession.

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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.”

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. Thin and lightweight, built in pen, millions of apps on the Google Play Store, 360 degree rotating screen, this 2.38 ZenFone AR The world’s first smartphone with Tango and Daydream by Google, ZenFone AR by Asus is built for the augmented reality (AR) ultimate experience.

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Pandemic speeds up influx of remote workers to small cities

The Hechinger Report

Working from home also can be isolating, though Burlington’s remotes have their own hyperactive Slack channel — membership has soared since March — and during pre-Covid times had frequent in-person social gatherings and Meetup groups for the gamers and robotics enthusiasts among them.

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.


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.

Why Building a Diverse Workforce Requires Computer Science Mandates in Schools


According to the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF)’s The Future of Jobs report , the “fourth industrial revolution,” described as the confluence of emerging technology breakthroughs (such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and 3D printing) are utterly transforming everything we experience and understand. In 2014, Google’s tech workforce was made up of only 17 percent women, two percent Latino/Hispanics, and one percent African-Americans.

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. The school used the money for a bulk order of Google Chromebooks, allowing every classroom to have a laptop for each student. The problem is thinking that the software is all you need.