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10 Ways Kids Can Learn About Robotics | Learning

10 Ways Kids Can Learn About Robotics | Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

"From coding to stop-motion animation videos to sewing, the maker movement is becoming more and more popular with kids and adults.

Maker culture is a movement that embraces do-it-yourself tinkering with electronics and physical objects—it focuses on learning and trying out new practical skills, building a community of resources and experimenting.

 

Robotics and electronics are two hallmarks of the maker movement (electronics explores using electronic circuits, while robotics combines circuits, movement and sometimes software to create a machine or robot). Projects can be as simple as a making a light blink, or as involved as building an entire robot.

 

“Light switches, electronics [and] toys seem very closed off...The average person doesn't realize they can make or impact them,” says Jennifer Turliuk of MakerKids in Toronto. MakerKids is the world’s first and largest makerspace that’s just for kids; it offers many different maker programs for children.

 

“In [robotics] programs, kids start to understand how these simple machines work. They can even make their own light switch,” Turliuk says."


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The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic

The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As computer technology becomes more ingrained in students' lives, many are advocating for advanced computer coding education to be taught in the classroom.
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Focus on need for Computational Thinking starting at an early age since all learners will need to be able to use computers to solve problems. 
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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

Portfolios hold new promise for schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Decades ago, portfolio assessment meant finding room for bulging binders stuffed with paper. But digital technologies that make it far easier to collect, curate, share and store student work have dismantled the physical barriers that once made portfolio assessment daunting.
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For years schools have tried to create digital portfolios. Here are some examples using tools like Google Docs. 
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A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News

A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By offering a flexible blend of face-to-face, online, and telepresence instruction, a Georgia school is making its programs available to rural students on their terms.
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Giving students in rural Georgia flexible blended options for attending classes has led the way to more students being able to take classes. 
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A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds

A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
While most possess phones and use Facebook, they use them differently to pursue different interests, sometimes deployed to connect with others and sometimes to tune them out.
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Perceptions from a social scientist on how teenagers use digital tools for a sense of agency and control. 
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Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place

Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new tool lets educators and ed-tech developers easily find peer-reviewed research articles relevant to their work.
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Web of Science may provide a much needed portal into educational research
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8 ways digital media will evolve for the future

8 ways digital media will evolve for the future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new study evaluating the Ready To Learn initiative outlines how educational digital media will change to influence children and content producers.
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The study highlights the role of digital media in learning with an emphasis of the social importance of interactions with parents and peers.
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10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology

10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about PowerPoints with voice-over — that's old school. These "new school" apps can help you engage your students while they're learning from your lectures.
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Examples of tools to make video more interactive.
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Study: One to One Device Programs Boost Achievement

Study: One to One Device Programs Boost Achievement | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Schools that provide their students with their own laptops or similar devices increase achievement when tech is integrated into curriculum.
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Michigan State University study found significant improvement in writing and research skills
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Students see the future through robots

Students see the future through robots | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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Variety of robotic competitions that challenge both young men and women to program and create robots to solve problems
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Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology

Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Accelerating Innovation in Education
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Innovative programs around the country reaching out to adult learners especially ELL needs.
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To Tackle Early Childhood Education, Sesame Street Finds a Smart Friend: IBM Watson (EdSurge News)

To Tackle Early Childhood Education, Sesame Street Finds a Smart Friend: IBM Watson (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a not-too-distant future, Elmo may be able to respond to more than tickles. Imagine if the plush, cuddly doll can listen as kids read aloud and analyze their pronunciation and vocabulary. As Elmo learns, it can respond and suggest activities to help children build literacy skills.Don’t get your h
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Can two giants - Sesame Street and IBM - come up with an adaptive learning tool for young children? 
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Bill Gates' plan to fix education with artificial intelligence

Bill Gates' plan to fix education with artificial intelligence | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Bill Gates shares how personalized learning is changing schools, The Verge reports.
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Interview with Bill Gates looking at role of personalized learning in K-20
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Connecting Pittsburgh’s Past and Future Through Innovation

Connecting Pittsburgh’s Past and Future Through Innovation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How does Pittsburgh’s inventive past connect to its innovative future? Students from Manchester Academic Charter School and Pittsburgh Woolslair are finding out.
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Great use of history resources to engage learners with appropriate technology. 
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.
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Tools to use to motivate learners
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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements. 

Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student participants at Google's I/O Youth event were able to get an early look at the new tools.

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The next step in block-based programming bringing together MIT's Scratch and Google's Blockly.
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Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills

Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From neuroscience to ship navigation, virtual environments deliver real-world learning inside the classroom.
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Examples at higher education sites where virtual reality plays a key role in learning
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'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals

'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
We first told you about CSin3 — an accelerated degree program — when it launched three years ago. Now its first cohort is set to graduate, with many students heading into high tech coding jobs.
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Csin3 tackles a real need for technical works in California agricultural industries
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Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing

Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The 3-D game helps students who need different methods to learn subjects including math.
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Zaniac provides a STEM environment that adapts to the needs of individual learners.
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Fab labs to launch in early childhood programs

Fab labs to launch in early childhood programs | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
TIES has made a commitment to bring early childhood Fab Labs to schools, daycares, museums and other settings serving the country's youngest learners. 
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Interesting to see that the federal government is promoting technological play for early learners
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Albemarle County Schools’ Journey From a Makerspace to a Maker District (EdSurge News)

Albemarle County Schools’ Journey From a Makerspace to a Maker District (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Superintendent Pam Moran and the whole crew at Charlottesville’s Albemarle County Public School system have received their fair share of press (from Makered.org to Edutopia) for bringing the Maker movement to Virginia schools. Back in 2013, for example, NBC highlighted the district’s library-turned-
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Albemarle has taken the Maker Movement and turned into a student-centered focus where all students have a chance to become tinkers, designers, and creators.
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How to help students become digital creators

How to help students become digital creators | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning.
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eSchoolNews article that highlights the latest CoSN EdTech Next report that I helped to shape. 
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Leveraging Technology to Promote Culture on Maui

Leveraging Technology to Promote Culture on Maui | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Accelerating Innovation in Education
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Using iPads with an app called Movie Trailer students in Hawaii are connecting to their culture both in school and at home
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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Educational technology has its pluses and minuses. It’s up to teachers, administrators, and district personnel to decide whether the good outweighs the bad.
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Balanced look at the pros and cons for edtech in the classroom
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Four Tools to Help Students Uncover Hidden Histories

Four Tools to Help Students Uncover Hidden Histories | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Digital tools have made history easier to uncover. These four sites help educators learn some of those histories from major figures to ones students can explore
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Digital tools to unlock primary resources for historical investigations ranging from the Holocaust to personal stories on daily issues and problems.
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8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education

8 Ways Machine Learning Will Improve Education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By Tom Vander Ark - Students will increasingly make more decisions about learning and those decisions will be nudged by machine learning recommendations.
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Machine learning taps into the power of artificial intelligence to customize or personalize learning 
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