C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio is a California A-G approved curriculum and turn-key solution for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through computing and robotics. As Calvin Chen, Assistant Director of the UC Davis Center for Computing and STEM Education who offers this program, states simply: “O ur goal is to get kids interested in math and robotics.” The C-STEM Studio software is stimulating and scalable for all grade levels. browse the robotics offerings.

9 Robotics Kits to Brilliantly Inspire Your Toddlers and Tweens

Fractus Learning

Robotics kits are a wonderful way to introduce and improve your child’s STEM skills. The coding and building challenges presented by these robotics kits will help your child forge new connections in the brain, from analytical thinking to technical skills. Best Robotics Kits for Young Engineers. Kit from Elenco brings robotics back-to-basics. Your child will find out what makes a robot “tick” by exploring circuitry and the foundations of electronics.


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Getting Started Making And Programming With LEGO Robotics

Fractus Learning

But the jewel in the ever-growing crown of the LEGO universe just may be the addition of LEGO robotics, and the maker sensation that is the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 building kit and programming platform. What is LEGO Robotics? LEGO Robotics is an all encompassing robotics building and programming platform. With the single Mindstorms EV3 kit , makers can create, build, and program a nearly endless array of cool robots, vehicles, and machines.

Ten jobs that are safe from robots

The Hechinger Report

Yes, the robots are definitely coming for the jobs of America’s 3.5 Robots may also be coming for radiologists, whose expertise diagnosing diseases through X-rays and MRIs is facing stiff competition from artificial intelligence. And robots are starting to do some of the work in professions as diverse as chef , office clerk and tractor-trailer operator. For most of us, though, the robot invasion will simply change the tasks we do, not destroy our jobs altogether.

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.

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 Code.org, students and teachers together use a design thinking process to understand, define, ideate, plan, build and test coding-based projects. Coding 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). How do you program a robot –BBC’s version of this topic; includes a video, game, and more. Robotics. Squeakland –build etoys with downloaded software. Robotics. Squeakland –build etoys with downloaded software. RoboMind –downloaded software. Robotics–using NXT and Lego Mindstorm.

Robot Teachers, Racist Algorithms, and Disaster Pedagogy

Hack Education

For a long time, arguably the best known anti-cheating technology was the plagiarism detection software TurnItIn. So they turned some of their research on pattern-matching of brainwaves to create a piece of software that would identify patterns in texts.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote


Technological minutiae in the classroom carry such immense consequences that it can be hard to think beyond tomorrow’s software update, nevermind next year’s LMS rollout. In his opening keynote at the ISTE 2016 conference, noted physicist Dr. Michio Kaku showed educators the forest that he and others believe will encircle the classroom of the future. Remember, robots are [just] adding machines. In the daily edtech trenches, the forest is easily lost for the trees.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech


Recognizing that public education can be an important site of social and political change, ISTE 2016 presenters and attendees spent much of the week discussing how to use technology to help students that are often underserved by traditional methods of instruction catch up with their peers. Throughout ISTE 2016, we had a chance to share a booth with JAMF Software, a company that’s reimagined mobile device management for educators.

Vernier opens 2016 engineering contest

eSchool News

Vernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2016 Engineering Contest that recognizes engineering, science, and STEM teachers for their creative use of Vernier sensors to teach students engineering concepts and practices. Applications for the contest are due by January 15, 2016, and winners will be announced on March 5, 2016 on the Vernier website and Facebook page.

Vernier opens 2016 engineering contest

eSchool News

Vernier Software & Technology is now accepting applications for its 2016 Engineering Contest that recognizes engineering, science, and STEM teachers for their creative use of Vernier sensors to teach students engineering concepts and practices. Applications for the contest are due by January 15, 2016, and winners will be announced on March 5, 2016 on the Vernier website and Facebook page.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. The event became much more dramatic than expected, once the hosting city, Washington DC, was clobbered by the great snowpocalyspe of 2016. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.”

The One Present I Wish Parents Would Give My Students

The CoolCatTeacher

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. 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.

The project-based STEM curriculum that’s big on real-world rigor

eSchool News

Middle and high school students build VEX robots and program them using RobotC software. As instructional technologist for the Berkeley County School District in South Carolina, she was being given a tour of a middle school class where the students were designing and building robots. One of Donaldson’s favorite projects has students creating a pull toy using VEX IQ , a robotics platform that combines physical kits with coding. “I’m


In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. Most analysts -- and the school district itself -- blamed the failure on buggy software.

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A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

New tools that enable hands-on learning — 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computers, e-textiles, “smart” materials and new programming languages — are giving individuals the power to invent. ( Maker technologies such as Makey-Makey , littleBits , Arduinos , 3D Printers, and robotics kits provide opportunities for learners to experiment and invent for themselves. Originally published at [link]. https://www.thinglink.com/scene/575147870160683008.

Authentic Audiences: Moving Beyond the Blog Post

Cycles of Learning

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. When I asked one student why his answer was fascinating: "The stuff we make in Robotics class doesn't feel like school. Below are three student created examples from my Robotics class at Sonoma Academy.

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). Considered by some as one of the best data backup software , it’s easy to use, intuitive,, backs up everything from files to SQL databases, and can zip and/or encrypt files. 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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Here’s how 5 more schools are innovating and educating

eSchool News

So, Wright sought funding to bring Lego NXT robots to our classroom. She redesigned the 6th grade course to introduce students to the basics of computers (identifying hardware, software and the important job of processing instructions). Every child, from every nationality, socio-economic background and every ability was working together to build robots and programming them to solve problems.

The Four P's—The Future of Edtech


The uprise of teaching coding has inspired the growth of robotics in schools, it has pushed the trend towards STEM in the school systems, and created a culture where the idea of computer science is cool and acceptable. Teachers will not only know how students learn best but the software options themselves will know what the students need to know next. We're happy to share this post by Julie Davis, Technology Coordinator at Chatanooga Christian School (CCS).

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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. This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide.

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. Embracing 3D printing, coding, design software and even drones, Coco hopes to encourage her peers to make technology, not just consume it. Some schools focus on computer programming classes while others encourage technology clubs such as Robotics.

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement


When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. Some researchers even think the approach might increase engagement, since some students who are embarrassed to ask professors a question in front of their peers might prefer to talk to a software robot.

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. First Robotics – This involves teams of professional and high school students to solve engineering problems. Students get a hands-on, inside look at the engineering profession by designing, assembling and testing a robot. First Lego Leauge – Check out the amazing possibilities and design challenges that are a part of this robotic competition.


Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

The Hechinger Report

Teaching will be one of the last jobs taken away by the robots, because software will never be the same as a human who is thinking about what you’re thinking and can use that understanding to say, `here, let me unlock this for you.’ ”. Teaching will be one of the last jobs taken away by the robots,” said Rowland, “because software will never be the same as a human who is thinking about what you’re thinking and can use that understanding to say, `here, let me unlock this for you.’ ”.

9 of the Best Arduino Starter Kit Options for Young Programmers

Fractus Learning

For children and teens interested in robotics and programming, an Arduino starter kit is an excellent way to begin. Second, it refers to the computer software used to program and control the device. The included CD has a 23 project tutorial with necessary software and source code. Elegoo UNO Project Smart Robot Car Kit. Construct and program a cool remote controlled smart car with the Elegoo UNO Project Smart Robot Car Kit.

In the marketplace: An NBA math program, coding tools, and a new literacy initiative

eSchool News

To help schools in the United States and Canada manage their digital classrooms, Impero Software , a remote monitoring and management software provider for K-12 districts, announced a $2.5 CodeSnaps teaches coding basics by enticing students to actively work together, hands-on, to control Sphero robots.

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5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft)

eSchool News

Teaching students how to code software is one of the most valuable skills you can give them, and will virtually guarantee them employment once they’re in the workforce. According to the US Department of Labor , the median pay for a software developer in 2015 was $100,690, and the growth in available positions is expected to be 17 percent during the period 2014-2024 (more than twice the average growth rate across all occupations).

LEGO’s WeDo 2.0 teaches science, coding

eSchool News

New wireless, tablet-ready robot-based learning system for elementary science curriculum teaches science and coding in a hands-on way. a hands-on science solution designed for elementary classrooms using a robot-based learning system. The solution combines the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software and engaging, standards-based projects to teach elementary students essential science practices and skills.

9 Magnificent Meccano Toys for Encouraging STEM Skills

Fractus Learning

Personal Robot. Ever dreamed of owning your own robot? Use its voice recognition software or smartphone app to give commands—or program new ones. An interactive robot T-Rex construction set?! Meccano toys have fascinated and inspired budding engineers, architects and designers for over a century now. It’s not hard to see why! Each project provides hours of building fun—and the resulting toys are jam-packed with wow factor.


Future technologies now

Learning with 'e's

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.

A Glimpse Into the Playful World of Seymour Papert


Later, the name for the LEGO company’s award-winning toy Mindstorms, a robotic construction system for youngsters, was inspired by Seymour's 1980 book of the same name.) How adolescents in Maine’s juvenile correctional facility overcame their longstanding aversion to school learning by being given the opportunity to invent and construct sophisticated mechanical/robotic devices, and actually took pleasure in writing about their experiences.

Can $10 million build the ideal high school?

The Hechinger Report

The school offers a science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum, along with extracurricular activities such as robotics, coding and art. Summit is perhaps best known for their high-tech approach to personalized learning: customized computer software (developed with the help of Facebook) that tracks students’ progress and stores projects, curriculums, mentoring materials and assessments. Students attend classes at Brooklyn LAB school Submitted photo. BROOKLYN, N.Y.—If