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.

Are classroom robots the NextGen of learning?

Neo LMS

I recently read a report that said schools in the UK spend £900mn per year on educational technology. Technology has the potential to further transform the way we learn, as is apparent by the advancements in robotics and its use in classrooms. Classroom robots of today.

Looking for a Class Robot? Try Robo Wunderkind

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are a lot of options if you want to bring programmable robots to your classroom. It is a build-a-robot kit designed to introduce children ages six and up to coding and robotics as well as the fun of problem-solving and creative thinking. Who will love this robot.

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” My robotics-type devices include: Sphero. Jimu Robot. Finch Robot. Jimu Robot.

Get Kids into STEM by Starting a Robotics Program at Your School

Where Learning Clicks

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is receiving a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. STEM education helps students understand the world around them, from the natural world of plants and animals, to computers and tablets, to balancing checkbooks and beyond.

Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Now that you’ve engaged your students with awesome Hour of Code fun, I’m thrilled to introduce the incredible Root Robotics for going far beyond the hour! Root’s a versatile, engaging robotics and coding program that grows with students from pre-K up through grade 12.

How to use Sphero the Robot in STEM and Beyond – From Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

As someone who primarily taught math and science when I was a classroom teacher, I associated robots, robotics curriculum, and robot apps as things that were only used in those subjects. Robots in the Physics Classroom. Robots in the Language Arts Classroom.

How a telepresence robot is changing some classrooms

eSchool News

A new technology enables both interactive communication and observation capabilities with a telepresence robot platform. Using Kubi , from Revolve Robotics, users download an app onto a tablet and connect the tablet to Kubi using Bluetooth.

Technology Underscores the Promise of a New School Year

EdTech Magazine

Technology Underscores the Promise of a New School Year. Many will also have new laptops or tablets through one-to-one computing programs , upgraded classroom technology for blended learning , and teachers trained to more effectively use technology to personalize instruction.

Coding for the Common Core – Apps for Integrating Coding With Math and ELA

EmergingEdTech

Image Source Dr. Leslie Suters is a faculty member in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. She present the session “Coding for the Core: [Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

9 Must-Have Robot Toys for Kids According to Kids

Fractus Learning

But I’m also a fan of robot toys for kids. As a realist who understands the role of technology in our everyday lives, I know my children will soon be speaking ‘code’ as a second or third language. Some robots also teach empathy and social skills.

7 of the Coolest Humanoid Robot Toys You Need Right Now

Fractus Learning

In case you were unsure, a humanoid robot resembles a human, however basic or abstract. Young children who are exposed to robot toys that have lights, play music and have sound effects can have their sensory skills enhanced. 7 of the Coolest Humanoid Robot Toys.

3 Technology Benefits for Homeschoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of the wonderful Ask a Tech Teacher contributers, Jenny Wise, is a busy homeschooler who suggested I publish an article about the benefits of technology for the homeschooler. Individualized learning is the hallmark of quality technology-based homeschool programs.

Cat Ears and Robot Friends: What Japan’s Educational Future Could Include

Edsurge

That overlap between futurism, exuberance and education was on display this week at the Edvation x Summit in Tokyo, where education technology entrepreneurs, educators, students and members of Japan’s Ministry of Education shared their vision of what the future of education might look like in the country that brought us everything from the first camera phone to Hello Kitty. Robots don’t generally elicit warm, friendly emotions. Education Technology Events Community

Robot teaching assistants help autistic children in the UAE.

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Robot teaching assistants help autistic children in the UAE. Robotic teaching assistants are being deployed into autism centres in the UAE to help children learn faster and better. Robotic teaching assistants are changing the way the kids are taught.

The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning

Fractus Learning

I’ve titled this post ‘The Best Robots for Kids’ I use the word ‘Kids’ quite loosely here. And I can say without any hint of shame or embarrassment, that I would love to own every single robot on this list. Best Robots for Kids. 4M Doodling Robot.

Top 10 K–12 Educational Technology Trends

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3 Wearable Technology —Wearable technology is an up-and-coming trend in edtech. Wearable technology covers a wide range of items—from assistive technology for students with disabilities to devices to encourage motivation and participation.

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App of the Week: Program a robot buddy

eSchool News

note : App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education , which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly.

Teachscape now works with the Swivl robot for PD

eSchool News

Once the tablet or smartphone is attached, Swivl’s robotic mobile accessory tracks, follows and records educators as they move around the classroom and interact with students. Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Professional Development (PD) Top News

Where Would a Robot Fit in my Curriculum?

My Paperless Classroom

I will admit that when I see something interesting like a robot, a puppet, or a quadricopter, I begin to wonder “How could I use that as a teaching tool?” I am still up in the air about what I can teach using a quadricopter, but I am inviting you to think about robots in your curriculum.

Privacy and Security Evaluation of the Anki Vector Robot

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Software The Vector Robot mobile application launches with a welcome screen. To connect the Vector device to the Vector Robot app, the user must turn on Bluetooth. The Vector Robot app provides a simple status screen with helpful recommendations of voice commands to use. Amazon Alexa The Vector Robot was updated to support Amazon Alexa that can be activated from the main app launch screen.

Privacy and Security Evaluation of the Anki Vector Robot

Graphite Blog

Software The Vector Robot mobile application launches with a welcome screen. To connect the Vector device to the Vector Robot app, the user must turn on Bluetooth. The Vector Robot app provides a simple status screen with helpful recommendations of voice commands to use. Amazon Alexa The Vector Robot was updated to support Amazon Alexa that can be activated from the main app launch screen.

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology

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She is not alone, as educators around the United States get ready to start the 2017-18 school year, supplies—particularly technology—can cost classrooms hundreds of thousands of dollars. Districts and Teachers Choose DonorsChoose.org A popular platform teachers use fund classroom technology is DonorsChoose.org , a website started in 2000 by a teacher. The platform allows educators to fund everything from technology supplies to professional development trips. (In

B is for Blended with Technology: The ABC’s of PBL … Building Blocks to Transform Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this second post, I would like to build the idea of the Building Block I call Blended with Technology. It may just provide a whole new look at what educational technology really is and why it is important to PBL and Deeper Learning. Resources For Blended with Technology.

Education Technology's Inequalities

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I also want to consider that, with or without a President Trump , education technology also might make things worse, might also contribute to these ongoing inequalities – and not simply because many in ed-tech seem quite eager to work with the new administration. Don’t Believe “Don’t Be Evil” My own concerns about the direction of education technology cannot be separated from my concerns with digital technologies more broadly.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically. Technology Platforms and the Future of Democracy.

CUE Presents the LeRoy’s Big Idea 2017 Finalists

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My plan is to use the money to buy 13 used amazon fire tablets, 1 set of Bloxel blocks, Bloxel app, 8 packs of (4) perler bead peg boards and 2 (22,000) perler bead buckets for a grand total of $498. This would align with art, writing and technology. CUE is you, the educators.

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Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning… Four Indicators to Blend the Learning

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to this April post designed to look at the idea of technology and PBL. I am often asked about the relationship of PBL and technology. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education

Let me make sure I’m clear here – I’m interested in the “push,” in the stories we tell about machines more so than the technology underpinning the machines themselves. Take, for example, the founding editor of the technology trade magazine Wired , Kevin Kelly.

Sphero Makes a Big Acquisition in littleBits to Bring Hands-On STEAM Learning to Life

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Today, the robotic toymaker is following through by adding a big building block to its educational offerings. In 2015, Sphero secured a licensing deal with Disney to sell robotic toys modeled after droids from the Star Wars franchise, BB-8 and R2-D2.

How AI is changing special education

Neo LMS

Technology has also begun to play an interesting role in educating ASD students. In fact, it has been shown that, in general, ASD students respond comparatively well to technological inputs when contrasted with social or human inputs.

Rocket Mortgage Classic: Students Use Ed Tech to Further Their STEM Education

EdTech Magazine

While professional golfers drove their way down the green at the PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, shouts from excited students could be heard coming from a large white tent where kids were hard at work building miniature robotic Lego golfers. They had to use robots to do it.

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Why schools shouldn't ban smartphones

Learning with 'e's

I was asked to write an opinion piece for the Western Morning News earlier this week as a response to the comments from Ofsted and their advisers on the use of technology in schools. But why is technology still a bone of contention? Many children have a natural affinity with technology.

How to Select a Complete Digital Education Solution Provider

ViewSonic Education

Over the past few years, there has been a huge influx of education technology resources available to schools – from tablets and robotics, to online platforms and digital whiteboards. Before you invest in any technology, it’s important to check your IT infrastructure.

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7 Arduino Kits For Young Programmers and Makers

Fractus Learning

Many kits include the pieces to build robots that can be controlled with an Arduino compatible controller and others have basic components to assemble various Arduino programmed devices. Makeblock Educational Starter Robot Build Kit. Makeblock mBot Educational Robot Kit for Kids.