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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

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I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” My robotics-type devices include: Sphero. Jimu Robot. Finch Robot.

Multistate Initiative Will Help Elementary Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

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Nonprofits in eight states are first to partner with developer of popular educational robots; Wonder Workshop initiative will provide teachers with professional development to support state-of-the-art coding and robotics education.

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Why we love our coding & robotics tools

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According to Code.org, the majority of Americans want schools to teach computer science , but only 35 percent of high schools teach it. It’s more abysmal in the younger grades, with only six states giving all K-12 students access. Coding and robotics programs.

STEAMpunk Playground Makes Technology Accessible

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Finding technology online is easy, but where can teachers get opportunities to try the technology out first hand? The STEAMpunk Playground provides a wonderful opportunity for teachers to get hands-on experience with the technology they have only read about.

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

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This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. And it raises questions about gender and race: How can schools inspire more girls and students of color to pursue STEM? Amesse Elementary at Denver Public Schools.

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. It starts with a game of Robot Turtles, a board game by Thinkfun that’s being used at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill., to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. Schools Get Started in Robotics.

Why we should teach coding in elementary school

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According to Steve Jobs, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”. There are several advantages of learning to code in elementary school. Children are extremely eager to learn how to code.

Integrating the Arts into Every Subject

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And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Work to integrate arts into your lesson this week. How exciting!

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Dollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking. However, access to tools and opportunities for schools in these communities is a matter of the right financial support. Dash & Dot are robots with personality and capability.

How Robotics Competitions Close the STEM Skills Gap and Build a Diverse Workforce

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For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions for grades K-12—complete with cheering crowds, adrenaline rushes and teams snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Once the spark is lit, they start to take harder classes, and they are more interested in STEM as a career. He offered insight on why a diverse workforce is the best workforce, and how to go about creating it.

CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools #SXSWedu #CSForAll

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CS for All: Teaching CS in Elementary Schools SXSWedu 2017 Workshop As the Computer Science for All initiative jump starts around the world, more students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to take computer science courses. Ex: How to make a PB & J sandwich.)

How to Overcome Apathy and Disillusionment When Standardized Tests Fail Kids

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My co-teacher at the time told me not to worry about it. “No No one expects your students to pass,” he said. For me, being a teacher inherently meant I needed to truly believe my kids could learn—and I did. They all showed a willingness to learn and put in effort. The clear discrimination towards the special education population really bothered me, mostly because I could see that it was systemic and possibly out of my reach to fix. I knew I had to switch gears.

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Messy Works: How to Apply Self-Organized Learning in the Classroom

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When a group of kids from a Delhi slum figured out how to navigate the Internet in English simply by playing with a computer for a few days, it was the beginning of a movement to harness the power of self-organized learning. Peers are important to this process as well.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

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Juliet won’t finish high school before 2025, but the 11-year-old already has big plans: She wants to be a mechanical engineer. I really have fun doing these things,” says the rising seventh grader, “but I also like that it’s preparing me to be an engineer.”.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

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In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This school year, I have… allow[ed] my students to work collaboratively while making,” shared Detweiler. “I

TEACHER VOICE: How students in one Massachusetts town learned to love coding

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Learning to code at such an early age not only increased my self-confidence but also fostered creativity, curiosity, self-directed learning and continued explorations of computer science. Related: COLUMN: Kids teaching robots: Is this the future of education? Boy using a tablet.

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Tinkering in Our Open Makerspace

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Through our collaboration with Gretchen Thomas at UGA, we have been able to offer an open time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students to come and explore various parts of our makerspace. Students sign up for a 30-minute segment to come and explore a pre-chosen topic.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

A robot built by students to research endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca, in Peru, being tested in June, 2016, by Lindsey Hamblin (left), then a Skyline High School senior, and Callie Meyers, then a Skyline junior. Today the group has swelled to 13 members and includes girls.). “We

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How to Play: Models for Game-Based Learning #SXSWedu

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How do we approach game development and what role does it have in learning? Play is fundamental to how we learn. How to make them work in education is the question. Learning things that are challenging for kids to learn is a process that unfolds over time across multiple media and experiences. What process are you seeking to support and where does a game fit in the process? Teachers are often surprised by how their students respond to games.

My #ISTE17 Takeaways

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Rachelle and myself Traveling alone to ISTE this year gave me lots of time alone with my thoughts and my learning. Meeting up with my friend Rachelle Poth on the last day led to one of my greatest moments of reflection.

Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

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Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. One of her favorite parts of going to school, in fact, is learning! Camden feels very strongly about her grades and wants to keep them high. And if you want to work with me or bring me to your school, check out this link.

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Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

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McGee, who took seven Advanced Placement (AP) courses during high school, found the experience immensely valuable, even though he plans to study neurology, not psychology, at prestigious Pomona College, in Claremont, California. You learn to be resourceful and that will be really valuable.”.

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What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

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Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science. Relevance to Students.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”.

Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp

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This post discusses my Cardboard Creations Maker Education Camp that was taught to fifteen 5 to 12 year old learners for five days, 2.5 These technologies are lots of fun and I facilitate Robotics and Computer Science with my gifted students and at one of my summer camps.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! Click here to share it. So we want to try something new.”

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education

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This is my reflection on my Cardboard Challenges Maker Education Camp that was taught to twelve 5 to 10 year old learners for five days, 2.5 Let me be really clear, making is not simply 3D printing, Art Lino, Raspberry Pi, LEDs, robots, laser and vinyl cutters.

The All-Black and Latino School Where Every Kid Can Code

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Ashton’s decision to don this particular jersey—that of a local celebrity, a Washington Capitals hockey player and Stanley Cup champion—was not made lightly, and she wanted her middle schoolers to know why. The Seed of a School When Ashton, a New Jersey native, moved to D.C.

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

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After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.

Texas School Adopts Milo and robots4autism Curriculum for Students with Autism

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(Dallas, TX) April 11, 2018 — RoboKind , the world leader in social robotics and the creator of Milo and robots4autism , today announced its partnership with Tom C. Gooch Elementary School in Dallas, TX, to break down barriers for students with special needs and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

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This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below).

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3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

After many weeks away from their traditional school schedule, students across the country are starting to re-enter their classrooms and share stories of their summer vacations. Whether or not they know it yet, the way students spent their vacation days can play an enormous role in their future academic success as compared to their peers. For many young people, the summer ‘opportunity gap’ contributes to gaps in achievement, employment and college and career success.”

If You Build It, They Will Make

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Our elementary computer lab could qualify for an entry on the show Hoarders. To this we’ve added donations of cardboard tubes of all sizes, from the mundane toilet paper tube to an enormous fabric bolt tube. Add to this purchased legos, Dash robots, and BeeBots.