Root looks like a smoke detector but is actually a sophisticated robot. A magnetic surface, wheels, and an impressive arsenal of sensors allow it to navigate a classroom white board. But Root isn’t actually programmed to do anything. Its tasks and functionality hinge on a child’s imagination. To operate – Root needs instructions, a line of code.
Zivthan Dubrovsky of Harvard’s Wyss Institute recalls testing out Root with kids for the first time. He asked them this: “Can you make a text based java script line follower? They go ‘no that’s hard, can’t do that’, but we can put level one in front of them and they can do it in minutes.”
Level one introduces kids to principles of programming using an interface of simple instruction and pictures. As they become more adept, they jump to levels 2 and 3, at which point writing computer code becomes second nature, according to Dubrovsky.
Whether students choose to handwrite, sketch, or type their notes, the challenge lies not in choosing, but in creating a system that allows them to ultimately curate, synthesize, and reflect on what they learn..
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I’ve been thinking about our youngest students and empathy. Last week I spent a few days at a super awesome Stanford dSchool workshop on Design Thinking and my head is still kinda spinning… in a good way. There’s a reason we have the word EMPATHIZE so huge on the wall in The Launch Pad. It’s that critical first step where design becomes all about thinking and feeling for someone else. Not feeling sorry for someone else, but actually putting yourself IN someone else’s shoes by hearing his or her story. Brene Brown said it best, “Empathy is about connection. Sympathy is about separation.”
So how can we start the conversation and thinking with our primary and elementary learners? I’ve been thinking of some ways to build their skills and have some fun along the way.
The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.
better educate and train school administrators rather than continuing to turn out new leaders that know virtually nothing about creating, facilitating, and/or sustaining 21st century learning environments;
We’re excited to announce the release of our 2016-17 Challenge Previews! Destination Imagination Challenges help students learn the creative process—a powerful learning tool that is at the root of all innovation in the arts, sciences and entrepreneurship. From amazing audiences with special technical effects to engineering free-standing structures to addressing real community needs, students will have the option to choose from one of seven new Challenges that fits their creative and innovative styles.
Please note that we have changed the title of our Structure Challenge to “Engineering Challenge.” Same great Challenge—just a new name!
Below is a collection of some very good websites you can use to search for copyright-friendly photos to use in class with students. Some of the photos provided there are under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) giving you much more freedom to use them for a variety of purposes. Have a look and share with your students.
Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. Therefore, I compiled a list of other places to find educational videos that don't rely on YouTube.
The Blended Learning Toolkit supports the course redesign approach, and interest in its openly available clearinghouse of online tools, strategies, curricula, and other materials to support the adoption of blended learning continues to grow. When the resource originally launched in July 2011, 20 AASCU institutions used it, but now universities, colleges, and K–12 schools from around the world access the Blended Learning Toolkit.
This grantee profile from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provides at-a-glance information, course model design details, grant project activities, results and outcomes, participant impressions, next steps, and additional resources.
NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit nextgenlearning.org
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program designed for middle and high school classes. It is produced by the journalists at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year.
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