Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life

EdTech Magazine

Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life. Josh Stumpenhorst got hooked on robotics three years ago when his son showed him the Sphero BB-8, a baseball-sized, self-propelled robot based on the Star Wars droid. Sphero , a programmable robot, can be found in more than 20,000 schools around the globe , including the math and science classrooms at Stumpenhorst’s school, about an hour west of Chicago.

Integrating Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

edWeb.net

Coding and robotics programs in classrooms reflect how integral technology is in our lives. In a recent edWebinar , Kalthoff and Bartel explain that they want to coach students and not just tell them what button to push or the correct sequences to move a robot across a mat. The best approach to introducing robots to K-8 students is as an exploratory program that will interestingly evolve into coding programs that challenge students with more complex projects.

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How Can I bring Robotics Into My Curriculum? Programming Robots with SPRK Lightning Lab #AskTheTechCoach

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Lightning Lab will make it even easier to use the SPRK robot in the classroom because students can access te instructions and starter code inside of the app. Sphero makes app-enabled, teachable robots. To get started users download the mobile app to program their robot. They can then log into the website and browse a library of activities and share programs with the community. Sphero creates robots injected with humanity and personality. Download.

Finch Robots are Coming to Our Library Makerspace in Fall 2015

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our library makerspace will feature 12 Finch Robots by BirdBrain Technologies during the 2015-2016 school year. The robots are on loan to us for the entire school year, and this loan comes with the possibility of these robots being a permanent donation to our space. A few months ago BirdBrain Technologies announced an expansion of their Finch Robot loan program to include libraries. These robots will of course be a part of that as well.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.

Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has many disruptors–3D Printing, AR and VR, 1:1 technology, STEM, and STEAM–but a recent and wildly popular one is robotics. One I discovered this summer is Wonder Workshop’s collection of three robots — Cue, Dash, and Dot. Every day, classrooms around the world demonstrate the collaboration and hands-on learning that the Wonder Workshop robots–Dash, Dot, and Cue–inspire in students. Robotics Competition. More on robotics.

Connecting Voices through Robotics: An EdCamp Global Event

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

This year, our library is fortunate to have a robotics loan from Birdbrain Technologies. We have 12 Finch robots that we are using throughout the year for coding experiences for our students. Currently, a group of 2nd-5th graders are meeting every Friday for one hour to learn to code these robots and create projects with them. OrchardVT Ss will be sharing #robotics w @jluss & @plemmonsa Ss. Learning so much about coding and robotics during Edcamp global.

Computer scientist uses robots to draw students to STEM

eSchool News

Texas middle, high school students met weekly to learn about STEM concepts and create robots. A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist and his students are using assistive robots to spur the interest of local middle- and high-school students toward STEM. The Academy serves eighth- through 12th-graders from some AISD schools at “The Lab” at the East Arlington Branch Library. Next page: How the program is different from a ‘play with robots’ approach.

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

In the library, we’re ready to let them talk about what has happened. This is not your grandmother’s library. It isn’t only books that greet our students here, but also two friendly, coding-proficient robots named Dot and Dash. Dot and Dash have transformed our library into a hub of hands-on learning where we’re constantly in motion, working in groups that plot, collaborate, troubleshoot, and celebrate. I have to know: ‘What’s going on during library time?’”.

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

Edsurge

Today’s college students are spending more time than ever in public and campus libraries. According to a recent Pew Research Report , millennials are most likely to have visited a public library in the past year compared to any other generation. But what would make a generation that grew up with internet so reliant on libraries—spaces traditionally known to be filled with shelves upon shelves of books?

A Makerspace, Teaching Studio or Wellness Center? The Role of Libraries in College Innovation

Edsurge

Libraries have long been central to college campuses. In fact, one way colleges have measured their greatness has been to boast about the size of their library collections. But now that so many materials are digital, is a book count the best way to measure a library’s impact? And how have libraries become central to new efforts to remake the college campus for the information age? EdSurge: So what is the best way to measure a college library’s value these days?

Bots in the Library? Colleges Try AI to Help Researchers (But With Caution)

Edsurge

The newest librarian at the University of Oklahoma is a robot. It’s a chatbot, which library officials plan to add to the library’s website this summer to answer some of the most common questions students come in with, as well as to help them get started with their research. The bot is just one example of how college libraries and technologists are experimenting with artificial intelligence to support students and professors in their research.

What Libraries Offer the Maker Movement

Educator Innovator

At the Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, toddlers and kids gather weekly to work on creative projects. On those days the library morphs into a “makerspace,” overflowing with sewing supplies, circuitry, yarn, and electronics. The Millvale site is part of a growing group of libraries that have opened up space, permanently or occasionally, for maker projects. For several years YOUmedia has operated “learning labs” in libraries across the country.

Introducing the Teen Hangout at the Loveland Public Library

Educator Innovator

In the fall of 2018, the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network expanded to include the Teen Hangout youth program at the Loveland Public Library in Loveland Colorado. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Loveland Public Library is the third institution to join the network under its new affiliate program. The Teen Hangout at the Loveland Public Library has been operating since February 2012. YOUmedia #connectedlearning afterschool libraries

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. Fleming, who also runs and manages her own business, Worlds of Making , says too often schools build library makerspaces just for the top engineering students or the gifted and talented students.

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

techlearning

(Waltham, MA) August 28, 2018 – KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by introducing KIBO Activity Center Guidebook : Activities and Setup Recommendations for a KIBO Activity Center. For teachers implementing an activity centers-based classroom, library, or makerspace, this new guide provides 10 lessons that embed the KIBO philosophy of “Build – Art – Code – Play” in student-directed, discovery-based learning experiences. About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

KinderLab Robotics Meets Rigorous Review Standards to Join STEMworks Database

techlearning

(Waltham, MA) April 11, 2018 — KinderLab Robotics , the creators of KIBO™ , a robot kit designed to teach children ages 4–7 to build, program, decorate, and bring their own robot to life without requiring any screen-time, today announced its acceptance to STEMworks , an online honor roll of high-quality STEM education programs. KinderLab Robotics can be very proud of joining the STEMworks honor roll,” said Dr. Mark Loveland, Project Director for STEMworks.

Everything is Coming Up Robots

My Paperless Classroom

This piece was originally published HERE on the Getting Smart Blog My Robot Life I will admit I sought out puppets; I worked to find them; I thought hard about how to best use them in my classroom, robots are another story. I was about to tell you that I don''t know how suddenly robots are everywhere in my life, but this wave has been building for decades, a connection driven home by a truly uncanny moment with a robot named Bo. Why Programming and Robots?

Hitting the Library Circuit With Mobile Making

Educator Innovator

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers everything you would expect at a library: books, computers, story time for the little ones. In 2010, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) was one of several sites to receive funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the John D. MacArthur Foundation to launch Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums , digital spaces where teens can experiment with new tools and build 21 st -century skills.

A New School Makerspace

User Generated Education

A few of use spent the past few weeks rearranging our library so that one side contains our books and the other our STEAM materials. In this post, I am also including the following lesson plan template from my book, Learning in the Making that can help with integrating maker education activities into the curriculum : Education Maker Education experiential learning maker education maker educator maker movement makerspace robotics STEAM STEM

Using Robots to Teach Young Elementary Students to Code

Graphite Blog

At my school, we've been teaching coding to our lower-elementary students for the past few years, and have incorporated robots from Wonder Workshop into the activities. The students in Pre-K through 2nd grade love it when I bring the robots to class. Their enthusiasm is palpable, and the Pre-K students show a particular attachment to our robots, Dash and Dot. This involves discovery-based play using the Wonder Workshop robots (Dash and Dot) and apps.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. In today’s show, we’ll discuss: So much making and building is going on in Chad Lehman’s library, that they are converting an adjacent computer lab into the maker space. The library is popular again! How a maker space changes learning in the school library. Ollie robots [link]. Ozobot robots [link].

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The New Librarian: How I created a makerspace

eSchool News

In this series, we will be profiling innovative and award-winning library media specialists who will share their favorite tools, lessons, and advice. I’ve been called the “Willy Wonka of school librarians” because I transformed our traditional library into what I call an IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) Lab complete with flexible furniture, robotics, engineering tools, iPads, laptops, and sewing machines.

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release

NeverEndingSearch

You may want to begin your explorations of the Collection by identifying with one of five personas developed to help library staff connect with resources that reflect their own computational thinking (CT) experiences, communities, goals, and interests. The Ready to Code Collection gathers research-grounded resources and strategies that are aligned with core library values.

Announcing the Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Emerging Technology," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Please also join this Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0

Maryland Educator Ali Schilpp Named 2018 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal

techlearning

NEW YORK, NY – August 21, 2018 – School Library Journal(SLJ) has announced Ali Schilpp, a library media specialist from Northern Middle School in Accident, MD, as the 2018 School Librarian of the Year. All 2018 honorees will also receive an in-person visit from John Schumacher aka Mr. Schu, the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs; a “Mr.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

eSchool News

But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open. That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation. The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading. It’s like they’re avoiding people with library certification.”.

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

The CoolCatTeacher

Hummingbird Robotics Kit. 10-minute Teacher Show Libraries News & Trends STEM TeachingEpisode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. Some teachers have a misconception that kids just pick up and play with materials and learn, but it is a little bit more nuanced than that.

Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference, "Emerging Technology," will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to register now to participate in this event. Please also join this Library 2.0 She is the author of the book Emerging Library Technologies: It's Not Just for Geeks (Elsevier, 2018).

Register for the Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - Plus, Some Accepted Sessions Are Online!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Our third Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Emerging Technology," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017

eSchool News

There’s no denying that libraries today look a lot different than they did 20 years ago. This year was the second year that our library was a makerspace. We added new robotics, drones, and video game design, and engaged students using our new Lightspeed audio system. The library is leading the way in adding technology and research materials to the curriculum to enhance learning. The library is a place for all students to feel safe and welcome.

HUBweek moments

Perry Hewitt

” – Andromeda Yelton , sharing big ideas and practical truths in Libraries: The Next Generation [ liveblog by David Weinberger ] [ video ]. Making robotics fly in Harvard Stadium with Hugo Van Vuuren. General berkman events harvard HUBweek mit privacy roboticsHUBweek 2015 is a wrap. 46,000 people took part in this weeklong celebration of the work and impact at the intersection of art, science, and technology in Greater Boston.

Future Ready Schools heralds school librarians as leaders

eSchool News

In today’s digital world, the school library has evolved from a place to merely check out books to one that offers opportunities for collaboration, project-based learning, and online access,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. With skilled librarians leading the charge, school libraries evolve from quiet reading zones to active, flexible learning spaces for student collaboration and innovation,” said Wise.

How to transform your media centers into makerspaces

eSchool News

Even with tight budgets, it’s possible to repurpose your libraries or media centers into 21st century makerspaces. In terms of products for the project, we decided to fund items in categories such as 3D printing, coding and robotics, building and construction, electronics and circuits, consumables, and other materials. Best Practices Community Relations How-to Innovation Corner School Libraries 3D printing K-12 libraries makerspaces media centers schools

KOOV: The STEAM solution that’s turning heads

EdTech4Beginners

Using standard-correlated educational content, KOOV gets your students building and coding original robotic creations. The KOOV Educator Kit is a tool for educators who are seeking a comprehensive all-in-one solution for coding, robotics and design that combines digital coding with physical building to help cultivate students’ collaboration and problem-solving skills. The Trial Kit contains up to 12 pre-coded and pre-designed “Robot Recipes” and 6 Quick Lessons.

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