Roybi Raises $4.2 Million Seed Round to Produce Educational Robots

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The two-legged, pill-shaped robot—upper half green, lower half white and small enough to stand on one’s palm—starts its lesson with a greeting. Designed for children ages 3 to 7, the robot, Roybi, aims to teach kids at home a range of early-childhood developmental skills. In a rare demo of its abilities, Robyi’s founder and CEO, Elnaz Sarraf, listens to the robot name colors, animals and their accompanying noises while displaying pictures on its torso. Roybi the robot.

CoderZ Named 2020 Tech Edvocate Award Winner for Best Coding App or Tool

eSchool News

CoderZ , an online learning environment where students learn robotics and STEM by coding virtual robots, has been named a 2020 Tech Edvocate Award winner in the Best Coding App or Tool category.

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

Digital Promise

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. In the contexts of job preparedness and everyday engagement, many educators consider proficiency in computer science and computational thinking as valuable for students. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. Thomas School near Seattle has concentrated on beefing up the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for the past several years and plans to strengthen it even more in the future. Makerspaces — a key element of STEM education — are popping up in classrooms and libraries across the U.S. They work on any project they want, such as robotics. jena.passut_7651. Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:13.

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Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

A photo posted by GA Department of Education (@georgiadeptofed) on Jan 18, 2016 at 4:39am PST. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. A photo posted by GA Department of Education (@georgiadeptofed) on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:49am PST. Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair.

To Jeff Bezos: 7 Suggestions for Enhancing Preschool Education, From a Former Montessori Teacher

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I am pretty sure if Maria were alive today, she too would love this cute wooden robot. Student Advocacy If your preschoolers will be coming from under-served populations, they will benefit from learning self-advocacy (in fact, we all can). Education Technology Diversity and Equity CommunityDear Jeff Bezos, Some people might find your commitment to open low-income, Montessori-inspired preschools strange.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Education Week : “Reorganization of U.S. Lots of Republicans , Few Democrats,” says Education Week. There’s another story on DeVos and virtual schools down in the “online education” section below.

Not All Career and Technical Education Programs Are Created Equal

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Expanding Career and Technical Education programs (CTE) is one of the few legislative proposals that both Democrats and Republicans can get behind. Back in June, the House passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to reauthorize funding for CTE programs (with 29 Republicans and 11 Democrats co-sponsoring the bill). Some educators and researchers say that is problematic. Education Technology 21st Century Skills Technology in School

?Forbes “30 Under 30” Education Leaders to Learn From in 2017

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The magazine’s “30 Under 30” list, which highlights young leaders in fields such as technology, music and healthcare, added education to the list in 2013 and since then has grown from nearly 90 nominations in 2014 to more than 450 last year. And although no current classroom teachers are included this year, 2017 brought with it another batch of former Teach for America (TFA) educators. The Students Unique this year are the honorees working on education from the inside: students.

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

Hack Education

This is part ten of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Perhaps it’s no surprise that there was so much talk this year about education, technology, and emotional health. All the talk of the importance of “emotion” in education reflects other trends too. Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck, who was awarded the $4 million Yidan Prize for Education Research this fall.

3 Things to Remember When You Have a Gifted Child

Fractus Learning

Are you feeling as though your child’s school does not understand the educational, social and emotional needs of gifted children? Many on this journey of raising and educating gifted children know and understand the common speed bumps and roadblocks in a gifted child’s life. And they also know that these obstacles can cause educational, emotional and social repercussions in gifted children. Advocacy. Advocacy. Gifted Advocacy , Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page.

Intelitek Recognized by The Edvocate as a Finalist in the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

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Finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions that were entered and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech. The powerful, easy to use online platform teaches students in grades 6-12 valuable STEM skills such as coding, robotics and physical computing that will help their careers and prepare them for college.

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

The Hechinger Report

This year alone, Juliet has used 3D printers, servo motors and microcontrollers to build the parts needed to construct a therapeutic robotic dog that she hopes will help those afraid of canines overcome their fears, a project she did as part of a lesson in her English class. At the state level, Maine passed a law two years ago to expand career-and-technical education to middle schools. Related: Revamped and rigorous, career and technical education is ready to be taken seriously.

How to Engage More Girls in Coding

EdNews Daily

Corinne Roller, director of advocacy and public policy for the nonprofit group Girls Who Code , says the proportion of women in computing jobs has actually been trending downward over the last few decades. “If As Vaidyanathan notes, educators must emphasize the creative nature of the field. Educators must show students that coding is a field that includes women and minorities as well. Introducing students to coding early on in their education helps accomplish this goal.”.

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Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials

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One of the ways DonorsChoose is identifying these teachers and projects, he said, is through a new function on the website that allows teachers to identify their gender, race, education and number of years in the profession, among other questions. Already, nearly 60,000 educators have filled out the prompts, allowing the nonprofit to better connect donors to their projects. Education Secretary and current president and CEO of The Education Trust. “I

Build a Better World through STEM with Girls Leading the Way

Discovery Education

That’s why we are so excited to partner with Discovery Education to bring girl-powered programming outside of Girl Scouts and straight into the hands of educators like you through a new program Girls Get STEM: Unleash Your Inner Scientist – a national initiative to spark girls’ interest in STEM! Let’s Go Girls! Get Inspired with a Special Guest Blogger. . Meet Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. “ Lights go out at Education Department headquarters – and may stay off for some time,” The Washington Post reports. State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. But for now, here are a couple of education-related stories: one from Education Week and from Edsurge. Board of Education and it barely registered as a story. ” More via The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via the US Department of Education press release : “Secretary DeVos Announces New Student-Centered Funding Pilot Program.” ” Via The New York Post : “Charter-school advocacy group to close up shop.”

Your Syllabus to SXSW EDU 2019 (and Where to Find Us!)

Edsurge

Between the barbeque and baristas, the dive bars and dueling pianos, thousands of educators, along with entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers across the education industry, will descend on Austin, Texas, during the first week of March for SXSW EDU. Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers. Who Does Online Education Really Serve? And how are educators supposed to prepare to teach media literacy lessons?

What?s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( assisteducation.com/ ) & ( www.apexlearning.com ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. Coalition members include Microsoft, Amazon, Computer Science Teachers Association, College Board, and Excellence in Education Foundation, and other local tech and education organizations.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Department of Education missed a deadline to delay state authorization rules are incorrect, a department spokeswoman said Thursday,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” (State and Local) Education Politics.

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(National) Education Politics. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, as the next head of civil rights at the Department of Education.” ” Via Education Week : “The Polarizing Pick to Be Betsy DeVos ’ Right-Hand Man.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Sessions’ Justice Dept. Via Education Week : “ FCC Delays, Denials Foil Rural Schools’ Broadband Plans.” Department of Education.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “For Some Republicans, Trump ’s Higher-Ed Proposals Reflect ‘Lost Opportunity’ ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Trump Threatens Visas for Those From China.” ” Education Politics. Via NPR : “The Return Of Bilingual Education In California ?” Education in the Courts.

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(National) Education Politics. From the Department of Education press release : “ Secretary DeVos Releases Statement on President Trump ’s Decision to Withdraw the U.S. ” For a Secretary of Education to speak on this is odd, at best. ” Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is launching DeVos Watch , an initiative to hold the Department of Education “accountable.” State and Local) Education Politics. Immigration and Education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Some of the education-related moments: “Less Community, More Vocational,” as Inside Higher Ed put it. “What Trump Didn’t Say About Education,” according to The Atlantic.

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Education Politics. “ Education Department Proposes New Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions.” ” From the Times Higher Education by way of Inside Higher Ed : “Poll of faculty members and administrators in British higher education finds they want their country to remain in E.U. Isn’t Liberia outsourcing its education system to a Gates and Zuckerberg-backed startup , Bridge International Academies ?

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking. But I wanted to consider too why the stories we repeatedly tell about education and education technology were so fanciful – stories about impending disruptions and revolutions and robot teachers and brain zappers and so on. Educators.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. ” “Not An Advocate for Students or the Public Interest” – historian Sherman Dorn on “ Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.” ” Via Politico : “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has increased her financial stake in a ‘neurofeedback’ company that says its technology treats attention deficit disorder and the symptoms of autism. billion from the Department of Education.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Week looks at the campaign donations Betsy DeVos has made to “to Senators who will oversee her confirmation.” ” Via Politico : “Trump’s education secretary pick supported anti-gay causes.” Via The Columbia Dispatch : “Group once led by Trump education secretary nominee owes $5.3 Liberty University ’s Jerry Falwell Jr says Trump offered him the Secretary of Education job first. Education Politics.

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Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Education Department hires include a venture capitalist, members of the Trump campaign, and a KIPP school founder. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “177 Private Colleges Fail Education Dept.’s

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education secretary.” Via Education Week : “Weighing the Odds: Eva Moskowitz or Michelle Rhee as Trump Ed. “The Education Platform I wrote for Mr. Trump” by Roger Schank. ” “ Education Technology Under Trump : A Syllabus.” ” “How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools?” Education , of course. Education Politics. Education in the Courts.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators. Many educators are looking beneath the surface inequities of devices and connectivity to consider how digital tools can revolutionize learning and address even deeper inequities. ChickTech April 2018 Robotics Workshop held by CJ Reynolds, Grades 9–12.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

I recently revisited the central prediction of the influential 2008 book, Disrupting Class – that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet – in two blog posts ( here and here ). In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

I recently revisited the central prediction of the influential 2008 book, Disrupting Class – that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet – in two blog posts ( here and here ). In the mean time, my “take home” point is that skepticism of claims about the future of technology in education deserve a greater voice.

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