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Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools

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Sphero Announces Acquisition of LittleBits to Expand K–12 Robotics Tools. The merger will bring the companies’ hardware, software, curricula and training programs — used by nearly 6 million students and 65,000 teachers worldwide — together under one roof, according to the Sphero press release.

Strategy Shift Leads to Layoffs (and a Rogue Ex-Employee) at Coding Kit Company Pi-Top

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A London-based company in the crowded market of do-it-yourself programmable hardware for students seeks to shake off negative headlines as it restructures and changes focus to the U.S. and to software products. He says the company has an “ample runway” and “sound financial footing.” “We

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'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

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This isn’t simply a matter of “ robots are coming for your jobs.” This narrative – robots are coming for your jobs (and your kids’ jobs) – involves tasking schools with retooling so they can better train students for “ the jobs of the future ,” although to a certain extent, workforce preparation has always been what (part of) the education system has been expected to do. Helicopter Robots. ” Robots Raising Children.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. ” 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.”

December 15 University of New Hampshire to Host the State Finals forState’s Second Annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

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On December 15, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will host the finals of the state’s Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), being held by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation ( ISCEF ).

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

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Their products are wireless, Bluetooth- and/or USB-connectable, and their SPARKvue software runs on Mac and Windows platforms, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, and Android. the Ergobot to teach both Forces & Motion and Programming & Robotics. software. free software is an intuitive way to graph motion, rate of change, and slope. While you’re waiting, download the free software to your phone or laptop (or iPad).

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

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Digital Promise will award up to ten school or district leaders who submit a response by March 27 with a $1,000 stipend for a trip to San Francisco, including workshops with leading software companies, in partnership with the Education Technology Industry Network.

How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

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But the self-driving car has many, many layers of tech—of software, of engineering, and design—which is the beauty of it. What people in this industry are looking for depends a lot on the company,” Wyglinski says. There are the Teslas, Waymos and Ubers of the world—companies looking to get self-driving vehicles on the road in two or three years. There are the startup companies trying to figure out what the next generation is going to look like.

Don’t Rely on Cute Apps and Games to Teach Coding. Turn to Your Students Instead.

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I hear the kids are going to make a robot move to the right, stop, and turn around. Today, K-12 coding education offerings often include edutainment: some brand’s robotic-design, game-design and app-design program, packaged as engaging, entertaining experiences for students.

Want to Organize Your Digital Assets?

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Most schools to date have given the task of digital asset tracking to their technical staff to collect the major system software, the devices, and network information. Technical skills software, such as Adobe Illustrator or AutoCAD . By LeiLani Cauthen. .

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. launch of Be a Maker, an all-new mobile application that teaches children how to code by allowing them to program their Jibo robot.

Going to School, Running a Startup: When Students Build Their Own Edtech

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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. At meetings, Nevins is often not addressed when she is sitting next to her co-director.

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Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition

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The annual tradition dates back to 2012, and features early-stage companies showing off the latest efforts to solve intractable problems across the education landscape. The company offers a suite of administrative software to help daycare providers execute a variety of tasks, from managing government subsidies to financial bookkeeping. But rare is the company that takes care to explain how those technologies actually work in their products.

This Workforce Partnership Trains Tech Talent. Can It Boost Civic Engagement Too?

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A couple decades later, tractors were assembled here for Caterpillar, the construction machinery company. They have been working with local governments and tech companies to design solutions to problems such as homelessness, water conservation and clean energy. SAN LEANDRO, Calif. —

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

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Skye Morishita working on the robot she programmed at a recent CoderDojo session in Boston. On a recent Saturday, a squad of Lego robots fitted with markers limped, hopped and spun dizzily across the table.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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Software & Online 3DBEAR AR INNOVATOR PROGRAM ( 3dbear.io/product/ Serving at least 28 million students in more than 40,000 schools in every state and in more than 70 nations, the new organization represents a meeting of the minds and of complementary areas of skill and experience.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

A new way of helping students pay for college: Give them corporate jobs

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The companies get reliable employees and prospective hires while universities can promise students help with keeping their loan debt low. Related: How colleges can help their students out-compete robots.

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

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EdSurge Sessions In between hearty servings of Tex-Mex and meat, won’t you have time to stop by and meet? Where School Safety, Security, & Surveillance Meet Happy hour will have to wait, as we kick our sessions off with a sobering and important conversation that warrants your attention. From facial-recognition cameras to web and social media filtering software, surveillance technologies are finding their foothold in schools across America.

The 2018 EdSurde Annual Special: Surgecoin, EduWands and Other News Not Fit for Print

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But some companies are jumping the gun. Below are the finest collection of stories you’ll never see on any other day, and which have been brewing in our heads over the course of 2018 in between too many cups of coffee, indecipherable email pitches, 1:1 meetings, product sprints and the occasional but unavoidable sparring on Twitter. We will use some arcane technology called “blockchain” and distributed ledgers to validate that education software works.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. In addition, Alma will continue to provide its own set of robust reporting tools to meet many needs and budgets. This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment.

How Middle School Obsessions Can Shape Career Paths.

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I lived in a small town and didn’t know how I was going to meet him. I was driven by the desire to meet the band. I never thought that what I was doing would be considered “techy” or that this passion project could be setting me up for a future career as a computer scientist, software engineer, learning designer, research associate or UX designer—all jobs that I learned about much later in life by reading Careers with Code magazine.

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

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At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools.

Your Talent Tech Stack for 2018

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As HR Tech buyers the future, we are told, will be full of AI and robots doing our jobs for us, freeing us up to do other things. A community of practice with over 1000 members in a range of companies ranging from 5 to 166,000 people strong. Average respondent’s company size.

This Administrator Helped Shape Tech at Colleges For More Than 40 Years. Here’s His Outlook on What’s Next.

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In the interim, I had the rare opportunity to meet and become friends with Steve Jobs. How did you meet Steve Jobs? I was charged to create a meeting that would bring together the top colleges and universities in the country—15 or 20 of them—with folks from Silicon Valley who would be in the best position to create such a machine, and market it to higher ed. Now, we've seen lots of movies, the Terminator movies of what the future could be like if the robots rise.

Micro-Innovations Create Education and Campus Ecosystems

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is spot-on with issuing the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge for creative individuals and companies to collaboratively create something worthy of education transformation.

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8 Must-See Hidden Gems from ISTE 2018

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This early literacy tool created by NWEA allows for whole-class, online assessment of oral reading fluency and other key skills thanks to speech recognition and audio recording software.

Coding in the Classroom: Six Tips to Get Even Reluctant Teachers—and Students—Started

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Now, she’s referred to as LEGO Lady at P.S. 34, where she teaches science, LEGO engineering, and robotics. Companies like Intel and Apple have launched diversity initiatives, but we have much work to do. You might seek out professional development through coding platforms, attend free meet ups like those hosted by CSNYC , or connect online through groups such as Vidcode’s Educator Community. “I can barely fix a printer.

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product.

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Analysis: Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

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Not quite enough time for our robot overlords to overtake us, but both distant and soon enough to make us wonder. million new students have been connected to high-speed access since 2013, and 98 percent of school districts now meet the Federal Communications Commission’s 100 kpbs/student goal for internet access, there remain 2.3 And if you’re still wondering about our robot overlords and where they fit in—well, what do you think the current K-12 boom in coding is for?

Hack Education Weekly News

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The company alleges in a lawsuit, which became public on Monday, that the Education Department’s process for selecting companies for its new loan servicing platform has been unfair and violated federal procurement rules.” ” Via Texas Monthly : “Meet the Women Whose Persistence Made Texas A&M Change Its Sexual Assault Policies.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human.”

A Glimpse Into the Playful World of Seymour Papert

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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.

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is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.” ” Via Education Week : “ FUNecole : Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

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She uses a software program popular among architects and designers. The students learn how to use industry-approved software programs and are often granted paid internships at local design firms and research labs, and Greeley’s planning and development departments.