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How to Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. However, this year, we expanded our use of robotics and acquired Ozobots, SPRKS, bb8s, and BeeBots. Here are four examples of how A.

C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

C-STEM Studio is a California A-G approved curriculum and turn-key solution for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through computing and robotics. This is well-suited to younger students. To evaluate C-STEM Studio, let’s look at three questions: so what.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

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.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?

'Robots Are Coming For Your Children'

Hack Education

This is part nine of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” “ We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future.” This isn’t simply a matter of “ robots are coming for your jobs.” Really, it’s no surprise that fears about an unsettled, uncertain economy are used to shift and control education’s mission , and it’s no surprise that parents go along with that.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Fleming says whether the district sets up a makerspace in an elementary school library, in a middle school classroom or in a high school cafeteria, each makerspace has a unique quality. Why not offer robotics in the makerspace to the entire student population ?

How to Create Learning Opportunities For Kids on the Bus

MindShift

In the afternoon she accompanies the group of primarily African-American and Latino kids for the return trip, while many of their classmates at Rooftop School in the San Francisco Unified School District stay behind for after-school activities like French, guitar and “Lego robotics.”.

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

MindShift

It’s easy to focus on academics and college transcripts when children become tweens and teens, but retaining the agency and creativity inherent in play is crucial for them, too. “Older kids need those same tactile, hands-on experiences to learn as well.”

How to Overcome Apathy and Disillusionment When Standardized Tests Fail Kids

Edsurge

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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TEACHER VOICE: Children displaced by Hurricane Harvey get a warm welcome from teachers, students — and a couple of robots in this Texas school library

The Hechinger Report

People walk to a Harris County Sheriff air boat while escaping a flooded neighborhood during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. In the library, we’re ready to let them talk about what has happened.

6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. Go to coolcatteacher.com/science and sign up for your free account now. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Tools to enhance student voice.

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

MindShift

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.

So Many Classroom 3D Printing Options – How to Choose the Right One

Fractus Learning

Since the technology is just beginning to enter classrooms and is new for most schools, choosing a good partner and printer is important when diving head first into this new world. How are 3D Printers being used? What to consider?

My new friend, Cue!

Kathy Schrock

I have had the chance to use Wonder Workshop's Dot, Dash, and Cue robots at various conference sessions. But these sessions were always guided by the presenter, so I never really got a chance to explore how to code with the robots.

Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007

Shake Up Learning

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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Google Classroom: Top New Features to Learn Over the Summer #gafe

The CoolCatTeacher

She also teaches us how we can learn Google Classroom features and hacks over the summer (even without students.) Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show.

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Recent Scenes from Our Makerspace and an Exciting Update!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

I’ve still been holding some periodic makerspace recess sessions where students can signup to come and explore the space and what it has to offer. This started as one or two students asking to come and then those students told some other students.

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. 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.

Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp

User Generated Education

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.

12 Projects for your STEAM program

Ask a Tech Teacher

By adding the creativity and problem-solving skills that are part and parcel to Anything Art, students have permission to use colors, images, and outside-the-lines thinking to address Big Ideas and Essential Questions. Robotics.

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education

User Generated Education

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.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

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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Learning About Young Makers

User Generated Education

I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Young makers need to be given more time, resources, strategies to learn how to solve more ambiguous and ill-defined problems (i.e.,

Q&A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Adam Welcome on How K–12 Educators Can Integrate Technology for Engagement. One of the main draws of technology integration is finding new ways to engage students. However, many educators struggle with finding creative ways to introduce new classroom tools. .

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

techlearning

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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Making MAKEing More Inclusive

User Generated Education

The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning. It’s your responsibility to do better,” Buechley exclaimed.

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Alan November discusses a groundbreaking new assessment strategy to make you think: The origins of this strategy. How it applies in middle and high school. I’ve learned not to try.

Part 2… 34 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 17 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . Please stake a moment to enjoy these next 17 links.

Learn Along with Me this Summer

My Paperless Classroom

This wasn''t going to be a summer of running summer camps, or teaching middle school students to blog. What was this summer going to be about? Once I collected the information all in one place I realized I have a full summer of learning ahead.

21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)

techlearning

Part of the popularity of the post was due to the Sean Junkins created infographic that accompanied the post. All that to say – Congratulations! If you are reading this post it means that you have taken the time to click on a link before just looking at the infographic.

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.”

Part 2… 30 NCAA Basketball Lesson Plan Resources and Links … A PBL Series

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a second post containing 15 more amazing links to use during the NCAA Basket Ball Tournament. First, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans . dates are already beginning to fill!

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Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? Optionally, they can take a quiz and send results to the teacher. How Stuff Works.

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2018 Discovery Education STEM Community Reading Lists

Discovery Education

With March being National Reading Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to immerse ourselves in STEM-infused literature! Books are so important to growing a STEM mindset, especially with the earliest of learners. Young Readers – Informational.

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I Moved a Drone With My Mind. Soon Your Students Will Too.

Edsurge

I stood facing the drone, about to face-off with a little robot. Time to figure out who is boss. Relax your mind,” said a young man standing next to me. Now, pick a word and focus on it, this will be the word you use to make the drone fly,” he said. With the tap of a button the young man sent my “up” algorithm to the drone. “OK” I did and the drone immediately fell to the table. Indeed, EMOTIV is taking mind-control to retail markets.

If You Build It, They Will Make

EdTechTeam

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.

10 ways to use QR Codes for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year in December, Hour of Code inspires thousands — tens of thousands — of students to fall in love with problem-solving, coding, and programming. Like a favorite web-based game, students are presented with a problem (for example, get your bot to say On vacation! )

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Computer Coding for Kids!

Kleinspiration

A parent stopped me during a recent social at our school to tell me how excited her son was to program an app. While we aren''t programming apps in class, I''d sure like to learn how! We traveled back in time to see what it would be like during the early 1900’s.

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