Integrating Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

Coding and robotics programs in classrooms reflect how integral technology is in our lives. Educators like Angie Kalthoff, Technology Integrationist in St. Cloud, MN, and Ann Bartel, Instructional Technology Specialist in Chilton, WI, teach K-8 students about technology through coding and computer science programs that incorporate the 4 Cs of learning: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Wonder Workshop is the creator of the Dash and Dot robots.

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. Willis and Arakawa underscored the importance of creating learning environments in which students and teachers understand that it is not about getting it right the first time; it is about failing forward and being inspired to keep moving forward.


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Multistate Initiative Aims to Help K-12 Teachers Integrate Coding and Robotics into Classroom


Wonder Workshop , creator of Dash, Dot, and Cue robots, today announced the Teach Wonder initiative, a collaboration with state-based nonprofit partners designed to give every educator the knowledge and skills needed to bring state-of-the-art coding and robotics experiences into the classroom. STEM News Robotics Ed Tech Ticker

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


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. Providing educators with training to teach coding and robotics is necessary for schools and districts to meet the growing demand for these skills from parents, teachers, and principals.

Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Others paid attention to the data and rising number of coronavirus cases and used their summers more wisely to design for better remote/hybrid learning and teaching than the mostly-low-level direct instruction, digital worksheets, and paper homework packets that we saw last spring.

Computer Science Teachers Association Adds CoderZ’s Professional Development Program to Curated List of Quality Resources

eSchool News

April 20, 2021 – After a rigorous evaluation, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has added CoderZ to its online list of professional learning programs. Teachers receive a hands-on learning experience with guided practice. DERRY, N.H.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University. EdClusters18 brought together nearly 100 leaders from more than 20 regions and 48 organizations across the country working to advance future-facing teaching and learning. EdClusters18 focused on clarifying the future vision, tools, and action steps for education innovation.

How Humor and Storytelling Help Foster STEM Engagement

Storytelling can create educational environments where content is approachable and relatable, gives meaning to complex information, and creates new pathways to existing knowledge. Why do I need to learn this? Creating educational environments where students have emotional connections and vested in the lesson can be attained when adding storytelling elements to STEM projects. One example is an anecdotal approach to teaching robot obstacle detection.


Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

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 blog post is the second in a series where participating districts share why they are committed to providing maker learning opportunities to their students. Today, step into any of Duquesne Elementary’s shared learning spaces and you will see students immersed in hands-on design work.

Tips and Activities for Computational Thinking in the Classroom

Computational thinking provides an important foundation for learning computer science but can also inspire skills like the 4 Cs (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) across other subjects. They inspire students to take ownership of their learning and provide them with choice and autonomy. They engage and motivate students to take agency in their own learning, ask questions, take leadership roles and build confidence.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning.

Coding and Computer Science during CSEdWeek

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual initiative that aims to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. This year, CSEdWeek took place from December 5th to 11th, and two of ’s professional learning communities (PLC) presented webinars that highlighted the importance of coding and computer science in education. We think it’s a way of building resilience…it’s a way of reinforcing what you are learning,” said James.

Leading in Uncertain Times

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of leadership hasn’t changed, although the conditions under which leaders work and learn sure have. Prior to COVID19, the vast amount of uncertainty in education lay in societal changes resulting from the 4th Industrial Revolution. Want to learn more?

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

This is part eight of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In previous years, I’ve looked at how education technology is intertwined with narratives about “ skills ,” “ competencies ,” and “ credentialing.” ” 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.

My #ISTE17 Takeaways

Tech Helpful

Rachelle and myself Traveling alone to ISTE this year gave me lots of time alone with my thoughts and my learning. It's easy to get lost in the crowd if that is what you want or to be in the middle of everything learning AND social. I was "all in" for learning this week and here are my takeaways to learning more about: Google Applied Digital Skills - Yes, I did stand in a 30 minute line for a 30 minute session to learn more about Google's new Applied Digital Skills curriculum.

Announcing the 2020 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows

Digital Promise

The new cohort includes 26 educators from across the United States and Canada, selected for their excellence in powerful teaching and learning with technology. HP Teaching Fellows Exemplify Powerful Learning. Learn from the HP Teaching Fellows.

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


Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition , which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent. 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.

Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Launch ?Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge?


-- Nationwide challenge invites educators to design an in-school experience that inspires the next generation of manufacturing leaders -- Silver Spring, Md. Tuesday, June 19, 2018) – The accelerated advancement of technologies like 3-D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence welcomes a new realm of career possibilities in manufacturing for K-12 students. To learn more, visit: Explore the future of education at

Maximizing COVID Relief Funding and Its Effectiveness

A very wide range of district programs can qualify for the latest funding, including access to school facilities, educational and professional development needs, and the use of technology to sustain and improve the educational environment.


Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content Supporting Social Studies, the Earth Sciences and More to Award-Winning Digital Services


–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. July 31, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a host of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. Explore the future of education at

Heading Back To School With @SpheroEDU!

The Web20Classroom

Sphero is the leading robot used in classrooms and has raised the standard for inspiring a new generation through hands-on, applied learning. They create some of the best robots and offer thousands of activities and resources to help kids, teachers and parents go #BeyondCode. These Robots come in all configurations, sizes, abilities and prices to fit any budget. This special pack of 15 BOLT robots is available exclusively to educators at a discount.

Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with ‘Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip’ at Arconic in Austin, Texas


and , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are hosting a Manufacture Your Future Virtual Field Trip from Arconic in Austin, Texas on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Educators, classrooms and communities may register for the virtual field trip at Manufacture Your Future empowers educators to connect to classroom-based STEM lessons and enriched, real-world career experiences.

Resources for Teachers and Instructional Coaches – April 2021


Spring has sprung, and this April we’ve been reading about social and emotional learning, getting a seat at the STEM community table, and post-pandemic staples. SEL, or social and emotional learning, is crucial to connecting with and engaging students.

Top Tips for Cross-Curricular Coding

How and where our students learn has radically changed over the last ten months. Students are in a multitude of educational environments that have challenged the entire school community. By Eileen Belastock. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Digital Blending of Working and Learning


Knowledge work has moved online as professionals work remotely. Retailers such as The Gap are accelerating the adoption of robots in their warehouses. Learning is increasingly happening in the workplace, or “ in the flow of work.”

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been a popular topic and some might even say an education buzzword, but many educators still don’t see the need for AI in their specific classrooms. AI is all about robots and science fiction.

#CUE17- The Game


I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. Keynote speakers at #CUE17 include poet and former teacher Taylor Mali, mathematics professor Jo Boaler , educator George Couros , and arts educator Cathy Hunt. Visiting the STEAMPunk playground to meet robots, the exhibition hall to meet vendors, and attending a CUE affiliate meeting are just a few example activities.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Student Preparation for Future Success: Q&A With Ezra Barany

Mindspark Learning

This month I had the privilege of talking with our first IBM AI Foundations for Educators badge earner, Ezra Barany, a Physics teacher, though he may sometimes claim otherwise, at Leadership Public School in Hayward, California. Robots can't taste how good this is!" IBM AI Education.

How to prepare students for 2017’s Hour of Code next week

eSchool News

From December 4th to 10th, educators and students around the world will be participating in the Hour of Code, an annual event that takes place during Computer Science Education Week, and is designed to demystify and engage educators and students in coding. Through coding, kids can increase their computational and innovative thinking, expand their creativity and collaboration, learn how to think outside the box, and have more confidence in themselves.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District


A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education. At the time, my district didn't offer any professional development (PD) opportunities to prepare educators without a computer science background to teach CS in their classes. Along the way, we learned a lot about how to teach coding skills and what types of professional development opportunities effectively supported our efforts. I am on a mission to change PD and education!

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been a popular topic and some might even say an education buzzword, but many educators still don’t see the need for AI in their specific classrooms. AI is all about robots and science fiction. IBM AI Education

Please Welcome CUE’s New Social Media Champs!


Cori is stepping up to help develop more blog posts and short articles highlighting hot topics, great member accomplishments, and opportunities to connect with other educators as well as amplify the voices of others. Cori can often be spotted taking half-face selfies around different CUE events and is often found chatting away about all-things education on Twitter. But lucky for us, he shares all his learning!!

How to Integrate Online Professional Development Into Your School’s PD Culture


As increasing demands on teachers’ time are coupled with the need for remote learning resources, online PD has emerged as an important tool to address new challenges. Five Free Distance Learning PD Sessions. Remote Learning: Administrator Strategies.

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Transforming Compton’s Schools into a STEAM Pipeline for Students

While tech jobs were clearly the wave of the future, many students in Compton were not being exposed to STEAM programs, coding classes, and extracurricular activities such as robotics competitions. He is committed to continuous improvement in relation to the core mission of education.

Um…so what do teachers do now after the Hour of Code?

eSchool News

But outside of these specific days, how can teachers continue seamlessly integration of the concepts learned? What resources are available outside of those provided by the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek)? The Coding & Robotics K-8 PLC, sponsored by Wonder Workshop , hosted the webinar, “ Beyond the Hour of Code: Implementation for All ,” on December 6th.