The real issue is not teachers, but concentrated poverty.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's insight:
When it was only an urban problem, few people took notice. Now it is a whole different problem. In addition to lack of food, access to tools, and stimulation from good sources, ... sometimes parental resources and knowledge are a problem.
Teachers & Parents -- Get your students excited about computer programming! Find out how you can engage students with an "interest-based" approach -- let them create their own characters to personalize the learning puzzles, pick projects they want to to build and share with others. It's easy for teachers and parents to tailor the experience to all ages, interests and experience levels, with Tynker's Hour of Code activities. It's a great way for students to learn to code.
Robi talks, includes more than 250 commands and is designed to join our lives everyday. He has very natural gestures and his eyes light up and change colour giving great expressiveness, creating an exciting and unprecedented interaction between humans and robots.
Robi dances to the rhythm of music issued from his internal speaker. He can also play a variety of games, including football and quizzes.
Robi can turn on the TV, change channels and adjust the volume, thanks to a special integrated infrared remote control*.
Lawhead et al (2003) stated that robots “…provide entry level programming students with a physical model to visually demonstrate concepts” and “the most important benefit of using robots in teaching introductory courses is the focus provided on learning language independent, persistent truths about programming and programming techniques. Robots readily illustrate the idea of computation as interaction”. Synergies can be made with our work and those one on pre-object programming and simulation of robots for teaching programming as a visual approach to the teaching of the widely used programming language Java.