Roybi Raises $4.2 Million Seed Round to Produce Educational Robots

Edsurge

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

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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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'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.

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

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Here a student shows off his robot that he built and programmed for the technology fair. gadoeteachertakeover #librariesofinstagram #makered #makerspace #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #robot #robotics #stem #steam #technology #coding #hourofcode #tlchat #proudtobeccsd. Another student brought in his own robot to ask if we would consider buying one for our makerspace. These students in grades 2-5 are learning how to program Finch robots.

Happy World Read Aloud Day 2015: Connecting Through Stories Part 3

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Eli showed a lego mindstorm robot that he put together right before the Skype. He has designed several robots, and this one was his version of a dog that you could walk since “everyone wants to be able to walk a dog and might not have one” Francisco showed his alarm that he made with littleBits that would go off when the sun came up. The official World Read Aloud Day 2015 is in the books.

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

Digital Promise

VPS students have access to diverse courses such as coding, Python, robotics, and electronic applications, to name a few. Elizabeth Forward, for example, implemented middle school-level robotics to engage students in maker learning and activate their imaginations before they begin advanced computer science coursework in high school. Community Engagement and Advocacy.

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.

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 Organized by the New Hampshire-based company Intelitek , whose online CoderZ platform gives students an accessible way to learn coding skills, the competition has students write code to control 3D simulations of robots as they aim to solve various problems.

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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). Dear Jeff Bezos, Some people might find your commitment to open low-income, Montessori-inspired preschools strange.

What?s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

CODE.ORG ADVOCACY COALITION ( advocacy.code.org ) Since January 2018, 20 states have passed legislation and funded $49 million to expand access to and diversity in K-12 computer science, according to the Code.org Advocacy Coalition, a group of over 60 industry, non-profit, and advocacy organizations working together to make computer science a fundamental part of K-12 education. Bubble Bot features a bubble-blowing robot or a Fan of Fortune, a prediction game.

5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces

EdTech Magazine

It’s a creative space where students not only can build things, but also create things, such as a new advocacy program on a social issue. “In They work on any project they want, such as robotics. 5 Best Practices for STEM Education Spaces. jena.passut_7651. Tue, 04/24/2018 - 08:13.

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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. Currently, Williams students have the option of participating in two career preparation programs — robotics, and computing and coding — based on curricula designed by Project Lead the Way.

Build a Better World through STEM with Girls Leading the Way

Discovery Education

Share with their parents how they can join Girl Scouts to take part in some of our 30 new STEM programs aimed to prepare girls to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning in cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration. Let’s Go Girls! Get Inspired with a Special Guest Blogger. . Meet Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D.

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Google, DonorsChoose Partner to Fund Culturally Responsive Classroom Materials

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Keya Wondwossen, the director of advocacy and public partnerships at DonorsChoose, drew on personal experiences to explain to reporters why this campaign is so important to her. million classroom projects, spanning from book sets to robotics kits to flexible furniture.

Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

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He likens these practices to taking away students’ encyclopedias, through which they find knowledge and begin to make choices that will lead to advocacy for others and for themselves. As girls who built robots, LED bracelets and tote bags, mobile apps, and websites said, “This is so much cooler than we thought.” ChickTech April 2018 Robotics Workshop held by CJ Reynolds, Grades 9–12. Digital equity is one of the most complex and urgent issues facing 21st-century educators.

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 26, 2017 The Secret to a Good Robot Teacher | The New York Times → Why is educational technology such a disappointment?

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

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. Tagged on: August 26, 2017 The Secret to a Good Robot Teacher | The New York Times → Why is educational technology such a disappointment?

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

Edsurge

There’s also Blair Brettschneider (27), who founded GirlForward to provide education, mentorship and leadership opportunities to refugee girls, and Mendell Grinter (25), whose advocacy group Campaign for School Equity helps expand high-quality education for students of color in Tennessee by engaging families and community members in local and state policy-making. It’s no small feat making Forbes “30 Under 30” roundup, which in 2017 boasts an acceptance rate of less than 4 percent.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

based education advocacy group. “It But the library has to be more than a place where they come in and get their books and leave,” said Lent, who spent the last year, his first as a LITT, opening up the library, adding more power outlets and a wireless projector, and repurposing an adjoining room that had been a cramped computer lab into a maker space with Lego robotics, iPads and circuitry kits.

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

Edsurge

Companies include an AI robot, student incubator and a startup called Pie for Providers. Department of Education, privacy advocacy groups and a school district explore how to find the right balance between the two ideals. 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.

What Does ‘Career Readiness’ Look Like in Middle School?

MindShift

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. Currently, Williams students have the option of participating in two career preparation programs — robotics, and computing and coding — based on curricula designed by Project Lead the Way.

Not All Career and Technical Education Programs Are Created Equal

Edsurge

Donna Deeds Though official numbers are not available yet, experts believe that such legislation, coupled with advocacy from tech giants and grassroots organizations , are laying the groundwork for great expansions in CTE. He has to see what skills he is using right now, like milling and metal fabrication, which are all skillsets in the advanced manufacturing world, in the robotic welding world and other high-demand fields.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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The company has partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits and provides online monitoring software to schools. KinderLab KIBO ( kinderlabrobotics.com/kibo/ ) is a robot kit designed for young children aged 4–7 years old. The KIBO robot kit comes with a buildable robot; 14 programing blocks; three sensor modules (light, sound, and distance); a lightbulb and an art stage.

Critical Thinking in Academia and Calling a Spade a Spade

RafranzDavis.com

This was a perfect start for me as a graduate from a program that empowered us to be creators of experiences instead of taking on the robotic like lens that many first year teachers were forced to do. It would be years before I found “my voice” again in my teaching and advocacy. I started my career in education as a middle school math remediation teacher, a job created for me as a December college graduate.

WHAT’S NEW

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Upon completion of the course, students receive an “Advocacy Plan,” which outlines their strengths and challenges and makes recommendations to consider and is shared with their educators. Wonder Workshop ( www.makewonder.com ) previewed a middle school solution that brings coding and applied robotics into the classroom. Wonder Workshop will soon be releasing a three-unit Applied Robotics Curriculum including student notebooks for Cue as well.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

For decades, nonprofit advocacy groups and corporate donors have targeted K-12 education for intervention. The same was true at the affluent, predominantly white Barrington Middle School, which will soon move into a $68 million building fitted with a robotics lab. In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Photo: E. Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report. PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Mysterious bonus makes rich schools richer, critics say

The Hechinger Report

Students that have made their way into the specialized high schools have largely done so as a result of advantages their families have been able to give to them already,” said Lazar Treschan, director of youth policy at the Community Service Society of New York, a nonprofit advocacy group that joined a legal complaint filed by the NAACP in 2012 challenging the SHSAT as discriminatory (the complaint is still pending with the federal Department of Education).

Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

Hack Education

It’s a reaction, I’d say, to the current obsession with artificial intelligence and a response to all the stories we were told this year about robots on the cusp of replacing, out-“thinking,” and out-working us. If indeed robots will excel at those tasks that are logical and analytical, schools must instead develop in students – or so the story goes – more “emotional intelligence,” the more “human” capacity for empathy and care.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue. 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.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

Wonder Workshop (robotics) – $41 million. Robotics , with ~ $99 million in funding. This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Culturally Sensitive Robots Are Here to Care for the Elderly ,” Futurism.com claims. Remember: robots for the elderly share a direct connection to MOOCs replacing higher ed.). Via Techcrunch : “ Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Learning Revolution Newsletter - Week's Events - GlobalEd Waitlist - CoSN - Google Forms - Breaking Down Library Walls - Better Than College - OZeLive Kudos

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tuesday, March 4th at 12pm CST in Austin, TX Common Sense Media - Inspiring Advocacy through News and Digital Media , While technology provides exciting, innovative teaching opportunities, it also introduces tremendous challenges. Education Revolution Google+ Community Robots grading essays. The Learning Revolution Weekly Update February 25th Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. Mark Twain Welcome to the Learning Revolution.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

Extra money has allowed these wealthier districts to invest heavily in Chromebooks and iPads, state-of-the-art robotics programs, computerized blackboards, and high-end 3-D printers. Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of the Consortium for School Networking, a technology advocacy group, calls the digital divide in the US “the civil rights issue” of our time. Two students share a computer as they prepare for their geometry final at Northridge High School, in Greeley, Colo.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Candidate VoiceThread for Digital Education - Kelli Stair- teacher/ writer An Example STEAM and Maker-Education Curriculum: From Puppets to Robots - Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! We have an absolutely terrific lineup of keynote speakers.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children’s privacy law ,” Techcrunch reports. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.