Integrating Coding and Robotics into the Classroom

Coding and robotics programs in classrooms reflect how integral technology is in our lives. 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. Classroom organization is essential for introducing coding and robotics programs into classrooms.

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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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.

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.

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. Looking forward to an exciting day of @edcampGlobal learning! OrchardVT Ss will be sharing #robotics w @jluss & @plemmonsa Ss.

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.

Coding and Computer Science during CSEdWeek

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. The Coding & Robotics K-8 PLC, sponsored by Wonder Workshop , hosted the webinar, “ Beyond the Hour of Code: Implementation for All ,” on December 6th. Join the Coding & Robotics K-8 Community. Join the Digital Learning & Leadership Community.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” 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.”

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.

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.

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

AI is all about robots and science fiction. It’s true, some components of AI do include robots, but it’s not always what people traditionally envision when they think of robots taking over the world in science fiction movies.

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.

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. A rapid evolution in artificial intelligence, automation, and advanced robotics should have served notice to anyone in the education space that things needed to change. In the end, though, scalable change resulting in a transformation of teaching, learning, and leadership was more of an exception as opposed to the rule. Want to learn more?

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. These educators create deep, meaningful learning experiences for their students that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective. Learn from the HP Teaching Fellows.

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

Mindspark Learning

What career positions will be created and will be in demand when other careers will be replaced by AI and robotics? Robots can't taste how good this is!" Click Here to Learn More

Teaching for Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

When Professor Jal Mehta and then-doctoral candidate Sarah Fine embarked on their exploration of deeper learning in American high schools, they were initially disappointed. If deeper learning wasn’t the norm here, they wondered, where was it? After talking to 350 students, educators, and parents across 30 schools, they found few schools where powerful learning, in which most students were engaged and thinking critically, was happening across the board.

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

eSchool News

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. She also has students play a partner game where one person is a programmer and one is a robot. The programmer must draw a program for their robot using different symbols, like move forward, jump, or squat.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

In these spaces students are learning how to tinker collaboratively with a problem and keep trying until they find a solution. They are learning to be thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers rather than mere consumers of information. Makerspaces support hands-on exploration and learning. My research explores how teachers work together to explore news ways of teaching and learning through makerspaces. Project-Based Learning Research Research Map Research@Work

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Student Generated Honor Codes and "GP"

Cycles of Learning

Switching gears to our FIRST Robotics team which is in full swing, two weeks into build season. Lucky, FIRST Robots embraces, and actively promotes, a way of thinking about teamwork in the context of Robotics they call "Gracious Professionalism" or "GP". According to FIRST , "GP" can be described as: Gracious Professionalism is part o f the ethos of FIRST. With Gracious Professionalism , fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Both Stacey and Lynn are recent facilitators of the Friday Institute’s Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program , where they they worked with a national cohort of school leaders that implemented blended and digital learning in their schools.

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? This year, two of ’s professional learning communities (PLC) presented webinars that highlighted not only the importance of coding and computer science in education, but what educators can do after this special week to continue teaching computer science and coding in their classroom.

Building STEM and Movement Skills Outside of School

distance learning comes into play. But, vetted virtual programs can match the depth and impact of in-school learning experiences. An edWebinar sponsored by Unruly Splats , “Distance Learning: How to Support STEM and Physical Activity at Home,” models this alignment showcasing web-based programs and apps that offer stay-at-home learners with opportunities to strengthen STEM skills, remain physically active, and manage screen time. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.


5 Strategies to Help Superintendents Lead Digital Transformation

EdTech Magazine

School leaders need to explain clearly to staff, teachers, parents and students why the technology they are adopting is important and how it is going to improve learning. . Create Compelling Learning Environments. Modern K–12 pedagogies demand a learning environment that fits students’ needs, starting by breaking away from the rows of desks typically found in most classrooms. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Find out which blended learning program will best fit your classroom.

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. A key aspect of this type of teaching and learning is the increased use of interactive video for online “field trips” and other purposes. edWeb Blog broadband Broadband Imperative III digital learning

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


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. But no one was providing professional learning opportunities for us, and any attempt at training certainly wasn’t personalized.

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Part 2: Computational Thinking: Over 50 Resources To Teach CT Across the Entire Curriculum

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities! Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic, practical, and purposeful professional development. Keep in mind that Computational Thinking can use devices, robots, and computers to support learning. Breakout EDU 10 Things To Know (Flipped Learning).

After The Workshop: PD Comes to Life at PS 176

The Innovative Educator

Innovative Educators understand the value of high-quality professional learning opportunities. They take what they learn and put it into practice in their schools and classrooms. But if it hadn’t been for the technology professional learning opportunities they attended, students never would have had the opportunity to dream big and engage in work that is worthy of the world.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

In a colorful space adjacent to where teachers receive regular professional development training, Rowan-Salisbury Schools has created an Educators’ Playground of edtech where teachers can tinker and test new products. Learn more: ISTE Feature. Challenge: Personalized Learning | Solution: Personalized Learning Case Studies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Professional learning is embedded, protected, valued, and seen as ongoing.

Bridging the Science and Coding Gap

In a recent edWebinar, van Nood explained that it is his mission to mentor and facilitate computer science learning in a manner that integrates coding in every aspect of his students’ education. Then, after those days, they didn’t have any other use for the technology or use for coding outside of maybe LEGO Robotics that they might do at a camp,” said van Nood. Van Nood emphasizes that students need to be creators of their learning.

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. In the COVID-19 era, microcredentials can also be a solution to the need for “ learning continuity ”—providing waystations as students cycle in and out of educational experiences and work. Learning is increasingly happening in the workplace, or “ in the flow of work.”

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online ACHIEVE3000 & ICIVIC ( ) & ( ) Achieve3000 and iCivics are partnering to offer middle and high school students government and civics lessons designed so that students can learn the fundamentals of American democracy at their own individual reading levels. Bubble Bot features a bubble-blowing robot or a Fan of Fortune, a prediction game.

Reinvigorate Creativity and Confidence with STEAM

In a recent edWebinar , “Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School,” educational technology experts described how enriching STEAM-based learning experiences can enhance the socio-emotional skills students need to succeed now into the future. Fewer than one in five students are very confident when it comes to STEM learning. Manipulatives are ideal for hands-on, play-based learning, as are other physical materials of all sorts.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

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. Excited to learn from other #EdClusters18 it is awesome to know hear about how so many people are working to unite people and find common ground to improve our world in this age of polarizing every subject. Remake Learning Network (Pittsburgh). Learn more about the conversation in this EdWeek article.

Part 2: Computational Thinking: Over 50 Resources To Teach CT Across the Curriculum

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities! Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic, practical, and purposeful professional development. Keep in mind that Computational Thinking can use devices, robots, and computers to support learning. Breakout EDU 10 Things To Know (Flipped Learning).