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6 strategies for better K-12 cybersecurity

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As COVID made remote and hybrid learning an everyday reality, it also exposed network vulnerabilities, making cybersecurity awareness more essential than ever

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Will Online STEM Classes Continue in the Future

By Luke Smith 

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In-person science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes have been the standard approach for decades. It’s easy to understand why this is the case, as these subjects aren't just about the theoretical aspects. There are also practical elements that help to provide a rich and effective technical education. As well as reinforcing theory, these practical elements often boost students’ enthusiasm for the fields.  

However, as with so many other aspects of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic served to force schools to make changes. To maintain safe distances, educators, students, and parents have had to adapt to a new manner of learning. This found educators adopting online tools in ways they hadn’t previously considered. As a result, educators proved that STEM education can be effective to some extent in remote circumstances.

A new normal is on the horizon and remote or hybrid teaching may be features of the educational landscape for the foreseeable future. As such, it’s worth examining whether online STEM classes can be more than just an emergency measure, and be adopted as a permanent measure. How can this be made practical, what can students and teachers gain from it, and what are the challenges?

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7 predictions about fall back-to-school with COVID

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Although promising signs indicate the COVID pandemic is becoming more manageable, it's reasonable to expect the back-to-school season to look different.

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Two Ways to Bring Games Into Your Classroom

By Hubert Ham

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Gamification and game-based learning are different instructional strategies, but both can work wonders for student engagement. 

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5 Ways To Transform How STEM Is Taught In Schools

By Fabricio Pamplona

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STEM is a crucial part of any student’s curriculum, right from the initial phase of their educational journey. In their formative years, the skills and knowledge gained by students are much more concrete and reflect in the way they approach their professional lives. Considering this, facilitating STEM learning requires educators and students to collaborate so that the learning experience can be successful and goal-oriented. 

With the amount of information that students consume today, it is a great challenge for educators to create unique learning experiences. However, with the right tools and technologies, educators can truly create memorable STEM learning experiences that can help students learn and grow. 

Here are a few ways in which you can transform how you teach STEM subjects to your students:

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10 EdTech trending topics in higher education right now

By Acer Education

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The changes set in motion in 2020 offered the world of higher education the chance to explore new opportunities and get a deeper understanding of matters previously only partially uncovered. Technology played a major role in this respect: in fact, with the massive shift to remote and hybrid schedules, EdTech helped completely reshape learning and teaching. The following list features 10 EdTech trending topics in higher education to keep an eye on right now and in the future post-pandemic world.

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IoT: future applications in K-12 and higher education

By Acer Education

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of interrelated physical objects connected through the internet, which has found several applications in the education world in recent years, from K-12 to higher education. 

The purpose of this connection? To put it simply, to exchange and transfer data without requiring direct intervention. IoT has become an integral part of the innovation brought to schools by EdTech in recent years, and even though it is not as widespread as of now, it will soon find its way into more and more institutions in the upcoming years.

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Poly by Google will be shutting down forever on June 30, 2021

This is a reminder that one month from today, on April 30, 2021,   Poly  by Google we’ll be shutting down the ability to upload models directly on the Poly website or via API.

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Google Expedition Replacement from RobotLAB

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Hello everyone. My name is Elad Inbar. I'm the CEO for RobotLAB. Today I'm going to talk to you about VR Expeditions, 2.0. As you probably heard, Google decided to discontinue Google expeditions. Somewhere mid-June, they will basically shut down their servers and we will lose access to all the expeditions and all the resources that they put together over the years. It's unfortunate, but that's their decision.

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How to use VR for engaging art lessons

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Using VR to give students engaging art education experiences isn't complicated--check out these resources to get started.

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3 Ways to Assess Math Understanding More Deeply

By Edutopia

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It's tempting to think of math assessments as routine, end-of-the-lesson checkups. Give students a quiz, grade it, and move on. But math assessments can, and should, do more.

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5 Fun Education Grants and Contests for Schools

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Education grants play a critical role in connecting students and schools with engaging educational experiences

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Places to Find Simple Yet Actionable STEM Lesson Plans

By Devin Partida

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The STEM field is highly valued. Jobs in these areas help boost innovation and lead to progress in society, and they also pay quite well. However, teaching this curriculum to K-12 students can be a challenging task. Here’s how teachers can find simple yet effective STEM lesson plans to better engage their students and encourage them to enter this robust sector.

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How to Use the 5Es in Remote Math Instruction

By Tracy Proffitt

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A five-stage instructional model—engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate—can guide students to a deeper understanding of math.

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Hybrid Teaching Strategies for Elementary Classrooms

By Paula Díaz

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Some adaptations for hybrid classrooms, like digital manipulatives and instructional videos—will be worth keeping when all students are back in the room.

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5 Tips for Inclusive STEM Learning Experiences

By Omar Shepherd.

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When students who would never sign up for a robotics or coding class do so because we’ve introduced it to them, it’s a win-win for everyone.

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Flipped Learning in Remote Education: Turn Your Virtual Classes Upside Down

By Acer Education

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Have you always been interested in flipped learning but you’ve never actually put it into practice? Remote education offers the perfect chance to discover all the benefits of this methodological approach. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with flipped classrooms, the concept can be explained very simply. Flipping a classroom means turning learning structures upside down: instead of introducing a new topic with traditional lectures, teachers prepare a presentation and hand it over to their students. They will watch it or read it – depending on the format – on their own before the class. Subsequently, class time will be used for hands-on education.

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5 Ways How VR Will Soon Impact Education Process

By Theresa Cofield

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Today, the educational process is almost completely different from the educational process 1 decade ago. Teachers were trying to make the process more fun for children and teens, but so they can learn. Nowadays, with all new technology, it’s definitely more fun and even efficient.

Special equipment for educational purposes is designed to make the knowledge transfer process a lot easier, quicker, and more effective. Throughout the years, the educational process has been evolving, new tech has been added, and the next logical step would be to implement VR technology into the process.

What would be the results and effects on the overall process? Would it make the learning process easier and more efficient? It seems that yes, VR pack kits implementation would cause positive effects on the process. Here are the 5 ways of how VR might soon impact the educational process.

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Adaptive Behavior Skills for Kids with Special Needs

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Adaptive behavior is defined as the set of skills that individuals should be able to perform at a certain age. Examples include social skills, cleaning, and personal grooming. Professionals call this life skills social competence, or adaptive behavioral functioning.

Children with special needs might be delayed in these areas. Part of the assessment for children with special needs is their ability to perform behaviors like those listed above.

As children mature, they can display more complex adaptive behaviors. Preschool-aged children learn to get dressed on their own and tie shoelaces. Third graders can order for themselves at a restaurant. Sixth graders can do certain chores and manage their allowance. Teenagers become more independent by taking public transport on their own, drive and perhaps even do grocery shopping. 

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Teaching preschoolers to love STEAM

 

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It starts with a spirit of inquiry, and also involves turning a robot into a bird—discover how science and art merge together in engaging ways.

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Simple Hacks to Improve Online Assessment

By Meghan Laslocky

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Formative evaluation strategies can work well in online classrooms—with a few small adjustments.

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Gamification in Education: Rewards and Improvement-based Learning

By Acer Education

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Gamification in education has been the talk of the town for quite some time now, especially for the benefits a class can derive from a learning system based on rewards and improvements. 

The use of game-design elements in non-game contexts, like education, has some untapped potential that can represent the next idea to make your online learning schedule even more engaging and entertaining.

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How STEM Learning has Evolved in COVID-19

By Lauren Groff 

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Of course, COVID-19 has had an impact on the world like no other event, and everything has changed, from the way we go to work and school, the way we act around each other, and the way we learn. But how has COVID-19 affected STEM learning specifically? What changes have been made and what direction are we heading in now we’re starting to see signs of a post-COVID world?

In today’s article, we’re going to explore everything you need to know.

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Can Humans Feel Empathy for Robots in Pain?

By Furhat Robotics

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Can humans feel empathy for robots in pain?! Ever curious, Furhat's team wanted to find out by replicating a famous psychology study called the Milgram Experiment. See the outcome: 

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5 Top Tips for Teaching Coding Remotely

By Jodie

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I feel I should caveat this post by saying I don’t have any formal teaching qualifications. I have, however, volunteered as an instructor for Code First: Girls on their Introduction to Web Development course and delivered it twice now. So I have a bit of experience that I want to share with others who like me could (just about) code but had never taught coding before. Both times I have taught the course online using video conferencing software such as Zoom and Google Meet. This came with its own set of challenges that these tips also consider.

Here are my top tips for teaching coding remotely.

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5 Ways to Introduce Students to Automation/Robotics

By Devin Partida

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Automation and robotics are everywhere. They enable simple actions like autopay and other, more complex systems like production lines. Their uses throughout the world make them an industry of their own.

For teachers and professors, engaging STEM students of all ages is the biggest obstacle. However, with the right introduction, you can increase interest in this growing industry.

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How Young Kids Learn with Robots.

By Xavier James

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Even though the technology is becoming increasingly important in the four walls of the classroom, students often tend to shy away from learning the basics. The apparent complexity of structures and the subject itself seems to overwhelm their learning instincts.

However, as responsible leads of today, it is our responsibility to convey the advanced technological knowledge to younger ones. But, of course, that wouldn't be possible until we realize the true impact of this knowledge upon kids.

For this very reason, this post aims to help you get acquainted with how exactly and what exactly young kids learn with robots. Let's get straight into it.

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5 Ways to Give Students a Makerspace Experience at Home

By Megan Jacobs

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Hands-on projects that use inexpensive materials and focus on multiple iterations help make learning fun.

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Augmented Reality In Education: A Staggering Insight Into The Future

By Shawn Mack

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First off, let us get one thing very clear; what is augmented reality? Fundamentally, it is a futuristic technology, the roots of which date as far as back in the 1990s. It is a technology, which makes it possible to merge computer-generated graphics with the real environment on screen. The word augmented in the whole term pretty much justifies that.

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5 Tips to Maximize Your Productivity While Studying Online

By Ashley Lipman

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Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve been trying to make remote-learning work for all students. Some have been more successful than others, but overall, everyone struggles with the constraints of social distancing. 

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How To Use Augmented Reality in Distance Learning

By Karl Murphy

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The world went virtual and embraced the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) a long time ago. However, the breakout of a global pandemic in 2020 had more people living and experiencing things virtually. Educators jumped on this bandwagon, looking towards augmented reality to create interactive lessons.

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How AR can help students with special needs

BY CIARÁN MATHER

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AR can be a stepping stone to a more inclusive learning experience for students with special needs

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Ensuring That All Students Can See Themselves in STEM

By Marianna Ruggerio

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Meeting professionals of color in science, technology, engineering, and math can be a game changer for high school students.

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In-Person or Remote Learning: How the Biggest City School Districts Are Operating

By Tonya Harris 

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The second half of the 2020-21 school year is poised to be as challenging as the first half for district leaders who must make high-stakes decisions about student and employee health and safety as the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one-year mark.

There is no national data that capture the mode of learning in the nation’s more than 13,000 school districts. This tracker presents the current operating status of some of America’s largest school districts (plus, the Toronto, Ontario district). All are members of the Council of the Great City Schools, which is closely documenting how its districts are providing instruction.

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How AI is Impacting The Education Sector?

By Michael Georgiou 

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Artificial intelligence has taken the world around us by storm, and like all things in the 21st century, it has thoroughly impacted the education sector.

From chatbots to automated thermostat conditioning, the machines around us learn from our behavior and then act intelligently to deliver the best possible service or product.

Almost every industry out there is leveraging the power of AI. How, then, can education not be impacted by something so all-consuming.

AI has changed the delivery, approach, and stylization of the education sector around the globe with relevant innovation. Here is how we see the industry evolve and grow, owing to AI.

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Guiding Special Education Students to Stay on Track for Success in Hybrid Classrooms

By Daniel Vollrath

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Coaching special education students on metacognitive strategies helps them stay motivated during the pandemic.

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4 Ways to Support Students During Online Learning

By CHRISTINE FLOYD

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Online learning swept across the country in early 2020, but it isn't without its hurdles-here's how to help students navigate their new reality

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The Post-Pandemic Outlook for VR in Education

By Angela D Johnson

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During the pandemic, digital products and services have become the salvation, and the demand for technology and new developments has grown sharply. The global EdTech industry grows by 17-25% per year. It received an additional impulse to grow due to the lockdown. Those trends that were relevant before the current situation are gaining momentum more and more.

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Education Technology and the Future of Higher Ed Leadership

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Education Technology (EdTech) has had a more significant impact on education than anyone expected. Now its effects are reaching into the field of higher education. In this article, we will discuss Education Technology and the future of higher ed leadership.

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Tips for Effective Social Distance Learning in 2021

By Shannon Flynn

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2020 was an enormous challenge for everyone, but for parents, adding distance learning to the mix makes things even more difficult. It’s been a solid nine months since the beginning of the pandemic, and while we’re starting to see the beginnings of a vaccine rolling out around the world, it will be quite a while before we’re ready to start heading back to school and work like we used to. 

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8 virtual field trips for STEM engagement

BY LAURA ASCIONE 

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In-person field trips aren't possible during the pandemic, but virtual field trips offer fun learning experiences for students

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How to Spark Engagement in Math With Pictures

By  Kristen Acosta

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A popular strategy, using pictures in math class gives students another way to access math concepts and can spark great conversations.

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How Technology is shaping the Future of Education?

By Shawn Mack

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About 65 percent of students today will engage in an occupation that does not yet exist. Yes, that’s correct. At least, according to this survey conducted by the World Economic Forum.

The very findings depict the effect of rapid change in the learning modules. Modern approaches towards educating the children and the increasing integration of technology will soon bring forth subjects that haven’t yet had our attention. Thus, introducing newer fields with time.

And well, to put it straight, this is only one of the many outcomes that integration of tech into education may bring in the future. There may be several more.

But to truly know the possible potential of these outcomes and their respective impact, we need to study the process in detail. We need to know how exactly technology is shaping the future of education. Let’s look into it.

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5 Ways Universities and Students Are Effectively Using Virtual Reality

By Arthur Evans

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Virtual reality (VR) has changed life as we know it. It has also affected the dynamics of education. VR has opened the world’s educational system to a vast horizon of possibilities. Working hand in hand with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR), it has taken education to a whole new level.

Virtual reality brings the world to the students in the classroom. Students can visit and experience the place they’ve never even dreamed of, from the depths of the oceans to the heights of space. Several institutions are already using this technology to enable a more interesting, interactive, and explorative learning environment. It is already closing the gap between the varying ways and the pace students at which students learn.

Here are five great ways that universities and students are effectively using virtual reality across the educational system.

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Sparking Curiosity About STEM

By Alessandra King

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A monthly after-school activity guides students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Low-Tech Scientific Exploration for Students at Home

By Pete Barnes

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A fifth-grade teacher shares ideas on how students can explore common phenomena with simple materials in and around their homes.

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Top Tips For Great Cross-Curricular Coding

BY EILEEN BELASTOCK

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Coding offers myriad benefits for students, including increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills

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The Best Ways for STEM Students to Back Up Their Projects

By Devin Partida

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STEM education is experiencing something of a golden age. Enrollment in STEM programs has increased by 26% since 2000, and educators have more resources at their disposal than ever. As students engage in more complex, high-tech projects, it becomes increasingly crucial that they back up their files.

Gone are the days of paper documents. Most school work today takes place electronically. Although convenient, this comes with some risks. Factors like dropped internet connections, corrupted hard drives, and malware can all compromise students’ files. If they don’t want their hard work to vanish unexpectedly, they need to back it up.

Thankfully, there’s an abundance of backup strategies students can use. Here are five of the best options.

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Why Robotics Are Important In The Classroom

By Katherine Rundell

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Robotics is one of the newest subjects in today’s schools, and many who grew up without it might question why it is useful to teach to children these skills. After all, building robots may seem like quite a small niche – though actually, the robotic world is growing at an incredible rate, and learning about it will massively benefit today’s children as they come to enter the workforce. Building a robot requires students to utilize totally different skills to those which might be used in a normal classroom setting.

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Will Robots be Good Teachers?

By Tiffany Harper

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People have long been fascinated by how robots work. And as technology is improving, it also offers new development opportunities for the robotics industry. There are already robots that are considered the future of logistics, while others are used to welcome and greet patients at many hospitals.

But according to the best paper writing service, robots could make their entry in the educational domain too.

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Robots as Learning Companions During a Pandemic

By Tiffany Harper

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There have been many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic already. The concept of social distancing was nonexistent before the pandemic, but it's something that we all have to live and work by now. Everybody is now subjected to the use of a nose mask while also trying to keep a distance of 6 feet from the persons around them. It’s a lot to live by, yet the world has not changed.

Industries and companies have responded to the gap which Covid creates in different ways. People that can afford to work remotely are working remotely, but then goods delivery has to continue, someone needs to clean the workplaces, and people need to receive medical attention. All of these require close interaction that the world can’t afford now, thanks to the virus. That’s why the world is now turning to robots to fill the void.

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3 Ways VR Can Be Used In Modern Education

By Nancy Howard

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VR has a significant impact on educational processes: only through this technology can students safely and in detail, see what they are learning, from the decay of atoms to extinct organisms. According to analysts at ABI Research, by 2022, the global market for VR-learning will grow to a total of $6.3 billion. As early as the end of 2018, virtual technology has been implemented in 18% of U.S. curricula. Let's take a look at how VR is used to enhance educational processes.

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RobotLAB UVD Disinfection Robot!

Today, I want to share with you one of the best robots on the market, the UVD robot that is using UVC light in order to disinfect the spaces. Check the video below!

UVD Disinfection Robot with RobotLAB

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5 Main Roles of Artificial Intelligence in Education

By Arslan Hassan. 

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Artificial intelligence plays an integral role in education. As schools become more technologically equipped, artificial intelligence helps keep young people engaged. It is reimagining the way we do things and is allowing us to reach our full potential.

The main reason why artificial intelligence has been introduced in education is that it helps personalize and strengthen the learning experience. It provides each learner with additional information when they have difficulty with a topic. 

If you are new to artificial intelligence and want to know about its role in education, you will find this post to be insightful. It discusses its 5 main roles to help you get a better idea about its capabilities.

Let’s dive in.

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Teaching interactive hands-on STEM during online learning

By Robert Low

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Hands-on STEM experiences aren't impossible when learning goes virtual--it just takes a little creativity to help engage students

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3 Phrases That Can Demotivate Students in Math Class

By Rachel Fuhrman

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Seemingly innocuous statements can exacerbate math anxiety among learners—and avoiding these phrases can help all students see themselves as “math people."

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7 ways to engage students in remote learning

By James Snyder

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Thinking outside the classroom can lead to engaging ways to inspire students during remote learning.

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Education Technology and the Future of Higher Ed Leadership

By  MATTHEW LYNCH

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Education Technology (EdTech) has had a more significant impact on education than anyone expected. Now its effects are reaching into the field of higher education. In this article, we will discuss Education Technology and the future of higher ed leadership.

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5 EdTech trends that will transform education in 2021

By Study International

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COVID-19 has not just changed the way students are educated: it has ultimately forced education technology (EdTech) to up its game quickly. Technology in the classroom has always been a benefit to education, enabling personalised, mastery-based learning, saving time for teachers and equipping students with the digital skills they will definitely be needing in the 21st century. 

In light of the pandemic, thousands of schools and millions of teachers and learners have had to switch to remote classes almost overnight. Thankfully, EdTech has made things easier, replacing traditional paper-and-pen teaching methods for the better.

The changes EdTech has brought forth will continue to influence classroom teaching. As schools and universities prepare for a full return to schools, many are wondering which of these changes should play a greater role in student learning beyond the immediate crisis. With that being said, here are some of the most significant EdTech trends that will transform the way learning is facilitated in 2021:

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5 Ways for Teachers to Continue STEM Education during Distance Learning

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STEM can be found all around you. Don’t know what STEM is? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and most commonly used when referring to educational practices. Chris Woods, a STEM teacher and host of the STEM Everyday Podcast, is an activist for incorporating and finding STEM in your everyday life.

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11 Tips for Teaching Preschool Online

By Jessica Young

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From scavenger hunts to obstacle courses to read-alouds, many activities from the classroom can be adapted for little kids learning from home.

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How Can You Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning?

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Distance learning has provided thousands of students the chance to increase their knowledge on a chosen subject in an accessible and flexible way. During the fall semester of 2014; 5,750,417 students in the U.S. were enrolled in a postsecondary distance learning course. It is clear that distance learning creates opportunities for young adults and professionals that previously weren’t available. However, while students often praise the flexibility of distance learning, they also comment on the isolation that distance learning students can experience.

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How to Teach Critical Thinking Skills Online

By MEGAN O’REILLY PALEVICH

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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed new challenges around teaching essential skills such as critical thinking—here are some strategies to help.

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What will be the EdTech Trends in 2021?

By Acer Education

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The year 2020 will be remembered as the year when social distancing has changed the landscape of education.

Any predictions we can make about the educational technology trends for 2021 must take this into account: the first few months of the year, at least, will be more of the same, but this time, with the added gift of experience.

Most people will agree that schools were unprepared for such a large-scale shift, and that while using technology to support learning can be a new and exciting opportunity, a forced switch without an adequate transition period was traumatic for everyone.

This time, however, teachers have learnt a few lessons of their own: blended learning is the keyword of EdTech trends and the mistakes made in 2020 will be something to build upon in 2021.

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3 Reasons why AI Could be Your New Teaching Sidekick

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a relatively new technological advancement becoming increasingly popular in the classroom. There are plenty of reasons for this. For example, AI is much better at explaining and describing abstract concepts to students than actual teachers. 

In this article, we will be discussing why AI can be used as a sidekick for teachers in the classroom. 

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How to Make Virtual STEM Lessons More Engaging for Young Learners

By Melissa Collins

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These easy-to-implement strategies can make science, technology, engineering, and math lessons come alive for elementary students.

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COVID learning loss has substantially impacted math gains

By LAURA ASCIONE

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COVID learning loss, especially in math, presents challenges for students and educators moving forward.

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6 Ways to Create Engagement During Online Learning

By Devin Partida

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Online education has already made many advancements in the past year. With more schools than ever going online, it’s important to think about new ways to engage your students and keep them learning at the top of their game, even without the benefit of an in-person classroom.

While learning online may not have all the same features of an in-person school, there’s a lot you can do to make the experience beneficial for all your students.

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'The Robot made me do it': Robots Encourage Risk-taking Behaviour in People

By University of Southampton 

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New research has shown robots can encourage people to take greater risks in a simulated gambling scenario than they would if there was nothing to influence their behaviours. Increasing our understanding of whether robots can affect risk-taking could have clear ethical, practiCal and policy implications, which this study set out to explore.

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3 Ways Online STEM Education Combats the COVID slide

By Michael Bodekaer Jensen.

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Learning may have moved online for most students, but critical STEM education doesn't have to suffer the learning gaps brought on by the COVID slide--here's why

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Station Ideas You'll Want for Your STEM Classroom

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Some STEM teachers do it naturally.

They seem to have a sixth sense about how to design and implement STEM classroom learning centers. These teachers are brilliant when it comes to thinking up centers that their students can’t wait to use. Learners are actively involved in explorations that spark curiosity, and the excitement of learning is palpable.

The room is abuzz with on-task conversation, and none of the students are off-task. To top it off, the teacher is relaxed while facilitating student learning. This is the kind of environment you’d like in your own classroom.

What if creating classroom learning centers for STEM was easy?

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AI is only Part of the Future

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Artificial intelligence is already a part of schools everywhere. You find it in customized lessons taught via computer, data-management software, predictive and prompted emails, and adjustments in climate-controlled buildings.

AI also has begun to permeate instruction, with interactive robots and curriculum built around STEM fields. In short, AI is changing the face of education.

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Why Every School Should Have a Robotics Curriculum

By Coder Z

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Everything evolves. We witness evolution constantly. Technology, human relationships, hierarchies structures, and even the way we interact with nature, is constantly evolving.

For that reason, it becomes hard to see critical aspects of our daily life that aren’t evolving at the speed of some other items. Many areas of our lives are stuck in a model that has been around for several decades. We haven’t even tried to make some tiny changes in these aspects, which change from one person to the other, in order to test what would happen.

We do see, for example, that schools are walking a different path. Trying to incorporate the necessary spaces, subjects or tools that will help their current students to become the leaders of a world that is, as we mentioned before, constantly evolving.

But which kind of programs can allow kids in school to explore, to try new things, and to develop numerous skills that are going to assist them in conquering the world in the near future? What are the subjects we should work on to become the architects of a positive and transcendental revolution?

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3 Crucial ways Edtech Providers Can Support Virtual Learning

By Teresa Anania

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Edtech support has become essential with the increase in online learning--here are three ways to help operations run smoothly

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RobotLAB, Creator of VR Expeditions 2.0 Expands Its Educational Virtual Field-Trips Offering With Class VR

Expanding on the already rich virtual reality offering, RobotLAB announced its partnership with Class VR, cementing its position as the leader in VR/AR technology for the classroom. 

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Rise of the Robots: Human-Machine Interaction Enhances Tech Teaching

By Owen Edwards

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Simpler to build, less expensive to buy, self-activating machines are becoming indispensable teaching tools.

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A 2021 Definition of EdTech

By  MATTHEW LYNCH

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Edtech, or “educational tech,” is the utilization of apps and tech devices for the purpose of teaching and learning. Edtech can happen inside or outside of classrooms, at any time, and in any place. Most modern edtech involves the use of a wireless internet connection and an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, or desktop computer.

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Using Teacher Community to Support STEAM Education

By Aaron Maurer

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STEAM education is possible during remote learning, and teacher communities can generate creative ideas to keep the learning moving forward

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Coding in Enrichment Classes

By Ashley Blackwelder

Young learners can develop understanding of coding concepts and computational thinking through visual art, movement, and music.

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4 Emerging EdTech Trends in 2021

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Covid-19 has not only changed education as we know it, but it has forced education technology (EdTech) to up its game. EdTech has been crucial since the start of this worldwide pandemic. Schools have used Google Classroom and other tools to teach their students and send them work. Parents and caregivers have used it throughout this time to help during homeschooling, and with new cases of Covid-19 ramping up, it seems EdTech is going nowhere soon.

Although there has been immense growth in this area in 2020, as EdTech companies competed for clients, there is still a lot more growth to come. Let’s have a good look at the four emerging EdTech trends in 2021.

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Online Program Brings Power of Immersive Space Simulations to STEM Learning

By Jane Gallagher

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Online learning has increasingly become a viable option for schools and districts to provide their students with improved access to a greater number of the courses they need. Teachers are becoming more adept at incorporating online resources into their daily instruction, and the oldest K-12 online programs are now more than twenty years old. Hundreds of thousands of students are using online instruction either full-time, or to supplement their local school’s offerings. Today, students have many choices to utilize the power of online education to make learning personal and meaningful to them.

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Happy Thanksgiving from RobotLAB!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

During these challenging times, let's not forget what Thanksgiving is really about. This holiday of gratitude is centered around giving back, appreciating good fortune, and creating special memories with your family, whether you're getting together virtually or social distancing in your mom's backyard this year.

We at RobotLAB appreciate you as a human being and your efforts as an educator and a leader. We want to say THANK YOU! we know it hasn't been easy this year, but we appreciate how much you sacrificed, adjusted, and re-adjusted your life to everything that's happening! Sending you warm wishes from our RobotLAB family to yours. Happy Thanksgiving! (and stay safe) 

 

 

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Can AR Be The Antidote to Virtual Classroom Shortcomings?

By  PARKER MCDONOUGH.

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Distance learning can impede hands-on learning experiences, but AR has potential to increase virtual student engagement

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How to Raise Your Kids to be Geniuses? 3 Science-Backed Techniques

By Shreiya Aggarwal-Gupta

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All the parents in the world have one goal in common: to help their children be the best at whatever they do. (Those who say they don’t will still read this article.)

The obvious place to test that out – at least on an intellectual level – is school. “Does my kid understand stuff better than others and show the propensity to retain and use information?” is a common question that comes to a parent’s mind, even if they don’t pressurize children to do well, by any stretch of imagination.

In my experience as an early education and STEM blogger, there is no guaranteed way to do this. But yes, there is a definite path you can handhold young kids along – it’s easier the earlier you start – and there are tons of science-backed activities you can try out to make your child that bit smarter than they’d otherwise turn out to be.

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An Alternative App To The Discontinued Google Expeditions Is Available For Educators

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A long-time Google Expeditions partner, stepped up to fill the gap created by Google’s decision to sunset the popular app, introducing VR EXPEDITIONS 2.0

San Francisco, Nov. 20, 2020, - RobotLAB Inc., the leading educational robotics company, announced today the general availability of VR Expeditions 2.0 for classroom teachers. The company created the virtual field trip app and content management system in partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica, following Google’s decision to sunset the Expeditions App as publicly shared on Nov. 12, 2020.

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Using PBL to Boost Online Engagement

By Amy Nichols

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This period of remote teaching is a good time to start using project-based learning, which encourages authentic work and creativity.

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Supplementing Remote Learning With Non-traditional Education

By Daniel Farkas

Sometimes, educational experiences are found in the least likely of places--especially during remote learning.

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Tech Trends that Will Influence Education in 2021

By Jonathan Brown

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Technology is advancing from day to day, changing our lives in the nick of time. There is no denying that the appearance of the internet and various devices changed the way we learn forever. Let’s look at the most significant EdTech trends that will transform education in 2021.

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5 STEM Skills Needed in Non-Tech Industries

By Devin Partida

 STEM is one of the most versatile fields out there. It incorporates countless skills like data analysis and technical knowledge that professionals can then apply to a variety of industries. Remaining in STEM is not the only option available. Taking that expertise and using it elsewhere opens up opportunities in every industry imaginable.

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Robotics Tips and Tricks for Inclusion and Integration of Students

By Sebastian Rice

Do you know the most efficient way to teach kids something new?

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The answer comes in the form of gamification. It’s a practice of adding game-like elements to learning experiences in order to help students grasp and retain knowledge quickly and effortlessly.

The real question is how to apply this principle to coding and strengthen the inclusion and integration of children. Well, it turns out that robotics has the greatest potential to engage young scholars and assist them in their attempts to figure out how programming really works.

In this post, we are going to explain to you the best robotics-related tips and tricks that can help students become beginner-level programmers. Let’s take a look!

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What Matters Most When You’re Evaluating Edtech Tools

By Shveta Miller

Look past the marketing and focus instead on the student—and teacher—experience and built-in engagement features

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Google Expeditions app will no longer be available

Google announced that the Google Expeditions app will no longer be available for download and Tour Creator will no longer be accessible as of June 30, 2021. 

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Education Security Gaps Schools Should Know About in 2021

By Shannon Flynn

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As the Fall semester winds down, schools need to apply lessons from this year to the next. 2020 has been an unusual year for education but, for all its difficulties, it can serve as a jumping-off point for schools. Perhaps more than anything, this year has emphasized the importance of thorough cybersecurity.

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How to Use Drones in a Teaching Process

By James Baxter

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Teaching is just like a side of fries - it goes with just about everything and anything you can think of. When it comes to teaching, anything can be added to the process to make it easier and more fun. In fact, you could think of a thousand abstract things and realise that teachers have already incorporated those things in the classroom. Learning games? Teachers already started using these in the classroom even before the Titanic sank. Paintings? Been there, done that.

However, one method that hasn’t fully been employed by many teachers is the use of drones.

Surprised, aren’t you? We get it. This sounds just as strange as putting pineapple on pizza. What on earth would a drone be doing in a classroom? Well, you’d find out soon enough.

Whether you’re an essay writer teaching a new protege or a teacher helping students understand Calculus, drones can be quite helpful in the teaching process. Let’s find out how.

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A Homeschooling Guide For Parents and Students

By Matthew lynch

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Homeschooling is an innovative movement that has become popular all over the world. Many parents prefer to educate their children at home. They opt for homeschooling when they are not satisfied with the available education facilities, are not in favor of the religion or principles of education adopted by the schools, or feel that children do not progress within the conventional school system.

This form of education started gaining ground during the 1970s. At that time, writers and researchers like Dorothy, Raymond Moore, and John Holt propagated their educational reform ideas. National Home Education Research Institute has stated that more than two million children in the United States are homeschooled at present.

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3 strategies for hybrid learning

By Ronald Chaulisán Battle

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Let’s reimagine hybrid learning and improve education outcomes for all students

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Here’s why Robotics Is a Must for Today’s Education Sector

By  Ashley Simmons

 

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The advancement in technology in recent years has had a significant impact on our lives, led to sectors expanding, and has contributed immensely to how we now do things in different parts of the world and have impacted the educational sector.

Schools now have a big responsibility to teach the students about past events or current affairs and prepare them for their future. The good thing is that the educational system moves in the right direction and already takes some necessary steps to ensure this. Everything that we know and see in robotics has its roots deep in research, following an academic model with scientists, policymakers, and governments all on board. As we continue to develop this, it is also becoming increasingly important that we include robotics as a significant part of educational curriculums.

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Can Kindergartners Learn Coding?

By LAUREN GILCHRIST

Yes, it’s possible—discover how coding and computational thinking happen in early grades.

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Students Meet Learning Goals

By Rhonda Martinez

Virtual reality technology slowly gets adopted in various industries, and education is no exception. VR is more than just a fun thing that can help educators entertain students and improve engagement in the classroom. VR has tremendous innovative potential so it can help educators create new learning opportunities for their students.

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The Future of E-Learning: The Challenge of the 2021 School Year Goes Beyond the Textbooks

By Daniel Litwin

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What schooling will look like in a few months’ time is still a mystery, but academic leaders are preparing for multiple scenarios.

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Introducing RobotLAB VR Expeditions V2.0!

This is VR Expeditions VR 2.0 A product that we created in partnership with encyclopaedia Britannica and a product that will continue to take students and teachers to places with virtual reality! 

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3 ways to bring equity to STEM education

By DAVID TONG

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STEM education is essential even if students don't pursue STEM careers. Here are some strategies to make it more accessible and equitable for all students.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Empowering The Education Sector

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Artificial Intelligence is Improving Education Sector like never before!

We’re in 2020 and long past the days back when we used to stand outside the school library to get the opportunity to copy two or three Encyclopedia pages, to use as a kind of reference for our school projects.

With this age having grown up with the benefit of access to technology at their fingertips, the field of education has hugely changed and overturned in this digitally driven world. Artificial Intelligence in the education market was worth US$2.022 billion for the year 2019.

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The Gender Gap Persists in Computer Science Education

By  LAURA ASCIONE

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A multiyear study shows increasing interest in computer science education, though retention of minorities and female students remains a challenge

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5 main benefits of STEAM Education

By Acer Education 

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STEAM, or the synergy of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, is one of the hottest buzzwords of today’s education, and with good reason.

STEM, an educational model based on similar principles, but with the conspicuous absence of an A for the arts, capitalizes on the importance of technology and hard sciences in an increasingly digital world, but some have reacted to it with fear that our children will not be as well-rounded if we neglect the humanities.

Unlike STEM, which is interesting in its own right and undoubtedly profitable if we look at school mainly as a way to grant future graduates a high-paying career, but risks becoming hyper-focused on certain subjects and letting the rest fall by the wayside, STEAM encapsulates the whole of human knowledge in one handy acronym.

Here are the five greatest benefits of a STEAM-based education.

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Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning

By  Ashley Taplin

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An instructional coach and math teacher who developed a powerful model for student collaboration have tweaked it for the pandemic.

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The Best Ways to Start a Career in the Robotics Industry

By Serena Dorf

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The robotics industry is one of the best industries to get into today. Most of the important aspects of our lives depend on it. These include medicine, manufacturing, military, and domestic purposes. Further, it helps in improving our lifestyles by making our work easier.

For this reason, the majority of industries are looking for robotics engineers to design and create machines for them. Leading companies in every industry are willing to pay more than the average to get and retain the best talent. If you are interested in starting a career in the robotics industry, we are going to show you how to start.

 

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How Teachers are Preparing for The Next school Year

By Acer Education

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School in a post-coronavirus world will never be the same. Having no choice but to rely heavily on online learning to guarantee continuity of education in a society disrupted by the pandemic has taught lessons to more than just the students.

It is now time for teachers to reflect on the experience of socially distanced school and prepare for the upcoming year and the unique challenges it will present.

Going back to a new normal after such a defining historical event may feel a little like travelling without a road map, but teachers can at least take comfort in the three keywords they can use to orient themselves in this uncharted land: engagement, personalization, interaction.

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How VR Can Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

BY  VR Direct

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The message is stark, urgent and global; the progress of the coronavirus pandemic can only be slowed to manageable levels if we all practice social distancing and self-isolation.

We all have daunting challenges to face in a world of restricted travel, remote working, and limited social interaction. Even after the initial crisis measures have been relaxed, it won’t be ‘business as normal’ for some time to come.

So exactly how can we continue providing essential training and education? How can we  meet together at trade and cultural events? How can we nurture personal contacts and convert them to sales?

One way is to use the technology already out there to bring people together in a virtual reality. A virus ca nnot spread when there is no actual physical contact.

Let’s take a look now at how VR can not only give you a socially responsible advantage during the height of the crisis, but will give you a competitive edge in its aftermath.

 

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Using Robotics To Prepare Students For the Future

BY MATTHEW LYNCH

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In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. Many governments have already recognized the importance of robotics in the classroom and have begun to create programs and laws that would incorporate it into their public education system. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

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Is STEM Education Working Especially for Women?

By Barbara Mader

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STEM education remains in the spotlight 25 years after the term first emerged. Coined in the 1990s by the National Science Foundation, the acronym is applied to any curricula, event, policy or education program addressing Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Most often it references Science and Math, but all four areas have become hot topics in the general education of K-12 students. The emphasis carries through to higher education and beyond, seeking to prepare young adults to assume 21st century worthy jobs. Anticipated areas of need include employees who are interactive as problem solvers, researchers, designers, and engineers.

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How can Robotics bring STEM Learning to Life?

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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It has often been highlighted that there is a growing shortage of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professionals in the US. Over the last decade, reports published by National Innovation Institute, National Academies study, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; all pointed towards the need to increase the STEM talent pool if America were to continue its strength in Science and Technology.

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Why Fostering Creativity is so Important and How EdTech Can Help

When we think of creativity, most of us will readily associate it to art, from painting to composing music to writing fiction. But the act of being creative is much more than that: a person can be a creative thinker even if they never pick up a paintbrush or a musical instrument.

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You are being creative when you decide on a catchy slogan for your product; you are being creative when you pitch your own idea for a small business; and most of all, you are being creative when you are presented with a problem and come up with a unique solution.

In a world where having original ideas sets humans apart from machines, thinking creatively is more important than ever and educators have a responsibility to foster, not stifle their students’ imagination.

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Robot Pepper Is Transforming These 3 Industries

By Shannon Flynn

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Robots are innovative creations, and they've come along way from where they first started. Robot Pepper is a prime example of just how much progress the robots field has made. Pepper is a humanoid robot that businesses can program to help with their operations.

From education to hospitality to health, Pepper assists everyday needs and tasks. It's a creation from Softbank Robots that has only been around since 2015 but has been making big waves ever since. Transforming the way places like hospitals, hotels and schools run is now a standard part of what makes Pepper the robot so unique. 

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Robots will never replace teachers but can boost children's education

 By Laura Fields 

Say a man is walking in the woods, and he suddenly finds a fence in the middle of nowhere. The fence has no apparent purpose. A careless man might simply tear it down, not seeing the point of leaving it standing. A cautious man will first try to learn why it was built in the first place and then decide.

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Our tens-of-thousands of years-old civilization carries with it some antiquated, vestigial practices that need to be updated. But how do we distinguish between what is old because it works, or it is old because nobody has gotten to changing it yet? The answer is caution and observation.

Nowhere is this question more relevant than teaching, especially in a time when nature seems to have taken the choice out of our hands. Like it or not, alternatives to traditional teaching need to be implemented as soon as possible.

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3 Ways Schools Are Reopening With the Help of Technology

COVID-19 presents a unique challenge for any business or institution that typically holds a large number of people. As schools reopen and try to stay open through the waves of the pandemic, technology plays a big role. Whether it's in-person, online or a hybrid model, technology is what makes learning during the pandemic possible.

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The Most Valuable STEM Skills in an Automated World

The professional world is automating at an unprecedented rate. By 2030, 20-40% of young workers' jobs could be automated, putting renewed stress on future-proof skills. While STEM offers security, it's not immune to the automation wave, either.

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Many STEM skills and processes are standardized, data-centric and logical, making them ideal for automation. Simultaneously, with tech playing a more substantial role in everyday life, STEM workers are more crucial than ever. In the face of these changing needs, educators and learners alike need to rethink essential STEM skills.

In an automated workforce, the most valuable skills are typically those that are uniquely human. That often involves a focus on soft skills instead of the hard techniques frequently associated with STEM. With that in mind, here are five of the most valuable STEM skills for an automated world.

By Devin Partida

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5 Reasons Why Preschoolers Need STEM (And Why It Must Be Easy!)

STEM education, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, has seen a rise in early introduction in schools. As technical and scientific skills become more sought after in the industry, more schools are encouraging kids from as early as preschool to learn STEM

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However, some bodies are still not convinced of the importance of STEM in preschool. So, this article focuses on five critical reasons for teaching STEM in the early years.

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21st Century Skills: What Students Need to Succeed in Today’s Society

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“21st Century Skills” (or “Transferable Skills”) are the abilities students need to develop to succeed in our information-based society. Input from teachers, education experts and business leaders, gathered in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, defined the P21 Framework, a graphic representation to better understand what these competencies are as well as the support systems necessary to produce 21st century student outcomes.

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What are the Benefits of Learning To Code as a Child?

Coding is becoming one of the biggest trends to hit education since virtual reality. Because of this, parents and schools all over the globe are interested in teaching children to code. While teaching children to code may not turn them into a billionaire like Mark Zuckerberg, it certainly comes with a lot of benefits. Many of the advantages that I speak of are unknown to general public.

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So instead of watching people jump on the coding bandwagon because we said so, we decided to write an article that discusses the benefits of learning how to code as a child. That way parents and schools can make an informed decision. Believe it or not, some of the advantages that we are about to share may shock you. Well, without further ado, here is our list of the benefits of learning to code as a child.

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Advantages and Challenges of AI in Education for Teachers and Schools

By Aaron Swain

The future of education is deeply linked with the development of new artificial intelligence technologies and computing. Even while the debate is still ongoing as to what extent AI will replace teachers' presence. AI in the U.S. Education keeps growing at a reasonable rate. It is projected to go as high as 47.5% by 2021.

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How EdTech Boosts Parent Engagement in Schools

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It’s always a challenge for many teachers and school administrators to maintain or level up parent engagement in schools. They don’t like attending meetings and school-related activities because they believe they’re not that important. They could always keep themselves up to date by asking their children or fellow parents. However, this shouldn’t be the case because whether they like it or not, it is their responsibility to provide quality education to their children, including having a good relationship with teachers, school principals, and others.

Now, what can schools do to enhance parent engagement? How can they encourage parents to be more active in their children’s lives in school? For many years now, schools have been using Edtech as a way of improving teaching and learning. It’s about time they use Edtech as well to strengthen the participation of parents in schools. 

Here are some great ideas for boosting parent engagement through Edtech:

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Summer Manufacturing Robotics Camps for Children Initiated by Purdue Polytechnic in the United States

On September 7, faculty and students from Purdue Polytechnic teamed with local businesses and tech-focused higher-education institutions to bring lessons in robotics and manufacturing to local youngsters during week-long summer camps

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Creating Online Clubs for Students During Remote Learning

A teacher who sponsors a coding club shares how it helps students meet peers with similar interests and feel less alone while learning at home.

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Helping Students with Autism Navigate a Socially Distanced Classroom

Some well-planned strategies can help students with autism thrive as school resumes--even with social distancing measures in place.

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Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

Across the nation, innovative programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects, often called STEM, can open up new pathways to success in the 21st century workforce and also means new opportunities for students and teachers alike.

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A Vision for the Future of Virtual Reality in Education

Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly taking over our entertainment industry. But what are the implications for other areas of our lives, such as business, health, and even…education?

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While the educational realm generally takes longer than anyone else to embrace new technology, VR brings many implications for the schools of tomorrow.

Here are some ways in which VR might change the face of education in the future.

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6 Questions to Improve Your Virtual Classroom

It can be difficult to gauge how effective your online instruction is—using surveys to gather regular student feedback can help.

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence Help Students Learn

The role of artificial intelligence in education is always a hot topic. While some fear that artificial intelligence will take over education to the detriment of students and teachers, others claim that artificial intelligence will revolutionize and improve education.

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While we’re far from seeing robots in the classroom, artificial intelligence is making its way into education. Certain tasks can be made easier through the use of artificial intelligence. Grading, for example, can be done quickly and easily using artificial intelligence. The most important way that education will transform education is by simply helping students to learn. In this piece, I will discuss 7 ways that artificial intelligence helps students learn.

 

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What Do Parents Think of Online Learning?

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If it wasn't for online learning, many school districts might well be entirely dark this fall. But that doesn't mean parents don't have concerns about online learning.

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How to Better Engage Students in Online Math Classes

Math teachers will likely need to shift teaching methods to help students thrive during distance learning. These ideas can start the process.

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Tips for Teaching Robotics Remotely During COVID-19

The world has changed in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our in-person social interactions have been reduced. This has led to closing universities and students learning remotely online.

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You can teach almost any subject online, but teaching some subjects will be more difficult than others. For instance, you can remotely teach medical students about lung illnesses, but part of this education comes from interaction with sick people. That is very difficult to provide through online teaching.

In robotics, something similar happens. If you want to teach robotics properly, you need to use a real robot. So how can we teach robotics online and provide a full learning experience?

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Blended Learning: How Parents can be Involved in the Move

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Much has been said about helping teachers and students adapt to the accelerated shift to blended learning that the pandemic forced upon them, but the current discourse sometimes forgets that education is a three-way street that involves not only students and educators, but families as well.

Learners of any age perform demonstrably better in traditional school when parents or guardians follow and support their path to education and present a united front with their teachers. Why should it be any different for blended learning?

Families, however, may be diffident or confused in the face of a form of learning so far outside of their own experience. This is a natural reaction: change can frighten anyone, and parents are only human, after all. That is why if they wish to be supportive, families need support in turn. Here are some ways parents can stand by their children’s side in their new blended learning adventure.

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RobotLab and MOVIA Robotics Are Proud Suppliers Of Robot-Assisted Instruction For Special Education

Hello, everyone, my name is Elad Inbar. I'm the CEO of Robot Lab, and today I want to talk to you about a solution that we are bringing to the schools for special education.

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Pepper Robot can now scan office workers' faces to check if they are wearing masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19

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Japanese tech company SoftBank has created a version of its Pepper robot that can detect whether office workers are wearing a mask.    

The 47-inch-high robot with human-like features is already in operation in some countries welcoming visitors to shops, exhibitions and other public spaces.

But the upgraded version is designed to stand at the entrance to offices, conferences, airports and other public spaces, to provide a gentle reminder to people to wear masks. 

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Establishing Routines for Remote Learning

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Teaching students how to interact online helps ensure a good experience for both students and teachers.

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How Will Ed-Tech Change After COVID-19?

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Right now, COVID-19 seems to be accelerating several trends that existed before the pandemic — like the push to cashless transactions and work-from-home arrangements.

Schools and the ed-tech industry are struggling to adapt to a new world where almost all students learn from home. Teachers are finding ways to adapt lesson plans and homework to remote education. At the same time, school districts are trying to invest in cybersecurity tech and professionals that can keep their students and faculty safe.

It's likely that even once the pandemic is over, the changes will continue to have a big impact on how educators teach students. It could determine which services the ed-tech sector focuses on over the next decade.

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5 Reasons to Teach Students 3D-Tech Skills

3D technology, while not necessarily new, has taken off in recent years. Workers in industries like architecture and design use 3D tech skills to bring their visions to life. 3D printing is one of the more popular aspects of this innovation, but educators can teach students several others — for any grade level from kindergarten through college. 

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These five reasons show the benefits of teaching students 3D skills.

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To Ease Loneliness and Improve Mental Health, Robots Could be the Solution

Robots could be used in care homes after a study found they can improve mental health and have the potential to reduce loneliness in vulnerable older people. A robot called Pepper, which can engage in conversation and learn people's tastes, has been tested in care homes. 

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Health Care Use Case With Pepper Robot

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The Vienna dental institute Sleep & Smile specializes in the treatment of children and adults with special needs and Pepper robot helps children and adults with special needs overcome their anxiety about their upcoming dental treatment.

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How Robotics Became Relevant due to COVID-19 and why it has Become Essential to Teach in the Classroom

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on traditional educational institutions, the fields of formal education are headed for a systematic change. Robotics and artificial intelligence technologies can not only mitigate difficulties caused by the pandemic but also help build on their foundations.

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The pandemic classroom requires collaborative tech to thrive

COVID-19 has highlighted digital inequity—but collaborative tech and digital tools could help close the gap.

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Key trends in K12 robotics education

Robotics education is becoming increasingly commonplace in schools. This is largely due to the fact that students in K12 schools will graduate into a workforce that’s rife with technology, in an era where robots will become widely used in our everyday lives.

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The Future Still Lies in Coding

Coding is enormous in education right now.

No wonder. Coding offers so many academic benefits that schools cannot ignore its significance.  Sequential processes, computational thinking, and creative problem-solving all make up coding. It’s the new literacy in schools. There’s so much to like about coding that coding academies and boot camps are springing up everywhere.

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Take this pandemic moment to improve education

With nearly 100% of education over the past months taking place online amid the coronavirus pandemic, plus what parents were doing to homeschool their kids, we all have been struggling, particularly those in low-income communities. Now is not the time to despair, however.

The disruption created by this pandemic presents an opportunity to imagine a different future for our kids, their families and their communities.

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How teachers are preparing for the next school year

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School in a post-coronavirus world will never be the same. Having no choice but to rely heavily on online learning to guarantee continuity of education in a society disrupted by the pandemic has taught lessons to more than just the students.

It is now time for teachers to reflect on the experience of socially distanced school and prepare for the upcoming year and the unique challenges it will present.

Going back to a new normal after such a defining historical event may feel a little like travelling without a road map, but teachers can at least take comfort in the three keywords they can use to orient themselves in this uncharted land: engagement, personalisation, interaction.

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A plan for teaching coding and robotics from home

Coding and robotics can be just as engaging when students learn from home-all it takes is a little planning and some creativity.

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Embracing AI in The Education Sector

As AI grows in the education sector, its impact could be felt in student learning programs, websites and admissions programs.

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Here's the Technology That's Helping to Track COVID

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In August, about half a year since the coronavirus pandemic first caused businesses, schools and banks to shut their doors, organizations around the country are tentatively reopening. Concerns remain, however, about how possible it will be to ensure that reopening is safe for students and consumers. 

Safety measures like regular sanitizing and temperature-measurement checkpoints are two options organizations are using to keep operations safe. However, carriers without symptoms can spread the coronavirus — meaning temperature checks alone won't halt the virus. Because the virus can also spread via airborne droplets in enclosed indoor spaces, surface sanitizing also may not be enough.

One of the best ways to stop the spread of the virus is to identify who may have it and alert anyone who's come into contact with them — a strategy known as contact tracing. New tracking technology is making it possible for individual organizations to launch contact-tracing initiatives. This tech for tracking COVID may make reopening procedures and normal operations much safer for sectors like education, banking, and hospitality.

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10 trends and predictions for STEM education

STEM education is headed for some interesting changes-and those trends and changes will impact classrooms across the nation. 

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Online Classroom Management: 4 tips for teachers

Combining in-person and online learning changes more than your teaching style.

While teaching remains at the core of an educator’s mission, a significant amount of time is spent managing day-to-day activities and maintaining your rapport with students and co-workers.

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Reducing the time you spend together changes the way you manage the classroom and takes away some of your strategies to communicate and build relationships, but also gives you new ones to explore.

Let’s have a look at some useful tips for teachers to manage their online classroom.

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Keys to Success in Distance Learning

Educators from around the country shared their advice about making remote instruction work for middle and high school students.

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Does Using Fever Detection Technology In School Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

​​​​​​​​Given the geometric progression in which Covid-19 spreads, it is important to contain it right at the root. This is exactly why it becomes important to use fever detection technology in schools extensively. Schools all over the world are working out a protocol to ensure proper detection and effective control of the situation.

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Here is a quick look at how fever detection technology enables schools to address the problem conclusively and helps make it significantly safer for children during the  Covid-19 crisis.

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Planning Lessons With the Student Experience in Mind

Providing students with clear directions and easy-to-navigate content is especially important during distance learning.

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The Importance of Edtech to Create an Inclusive Classroom

Inclusivity is a keyword in today’s education. The ideal classroom is a place where students who face unique challenges in their learning process are not segregated, but welcomed among their peers and given the same level of education. This dream often ends up clashing with reality: insufficient staff or budget can often make it impossible for a school to give disadvantaged students the attention they require.

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The use of specialized assistive technology can ease the strain on the teaching staff and increase the level of independence of students with physical or intellectual difficulties, bringing the classroom one step closer to being truly inclusive.

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How To Improve Remote Learning

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The sudden transition to remote learning has caused many schools and districts to come up with more effective ways to help students continue their education. It also found educational institutions in different levels of preparedness with some schools simply sending learning modules to students while others ensure that learners are equipped with the right devices, WiFi, and online curricula as their guide. Fortunately, there are many curriculum providers online that offer free materials for teachers, parents, and students.

Despite being in the best of circumstances, remote learning is still very challenging. A school community transitioning to a remote learning environment requires planning, resources, sustainable professional development, and students to have access to devices and internet connection.

To help you improve remote learning, here are some tips you can apply.

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How the BLM Movement Can Spark More Diversity in STEM Programs

On May 26, 2020, in response to the murder of George Floyd the day prior, Black Lives Matter protests began in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since then, protests and riots against police violence have continued, with demands for racial justice. The national outcry has further spread, and individuals, businesses and industries are reevaluating their norms and values. Specifically, diversity in STEM is one field that requires large-scale changes moving forward. 

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As communities across the United States continue the momentum, people are rejecting the idea of going back to "normal." STEM diversity during BLM is a case study of why a new norm needs to come about. 

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How Technology Supports Relationships Between Teachers & Students

During the three years my colleagues and I spent researching our book Whole: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive, we investigated the unique success stories of schools that were “out-performing their zip code.” Often situated in poor neighborhoods, the one consistent element across these “success outliers” was a culture focused on social and emotional well-being, first for teachers and then for students.thisisengineering-raeng-Bg0Geue-cY8-unsplashPhoto by ThisisEngineering RAEng on Unsplash

Enter COVID-19 and an explosion of stress, emotional challenge, and a distance in space and time between teacher and student. Much of what we understood about schooling changed in a matter of days, including schools’ ability to connect with teachers and students in an emotional, caring, and personalized manner. Technology had to immediately fill the gap, and that need will continue.

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How to Sanitize your EdTech Equipment.

In this blog post, we want to show you how to sanitize your EdTech equipment and help to prevent the spread of viruses, germs and bacteria. There are some easy measures to help educators, students, and parents stay healthy. Check it out!

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Making STEM More Engaging and Inclusive

We have a STEM problem in the United States. Once a world leader, the United States currently ranks 27th among developed nations in the number of bachelor’s degrees given in science or engineering. What’s more alarming is that the same research indicates that only around 30 percent of Americans believe that our education system has the capacity to provide young people with the minimum requirements to fill these STEM jobs.

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We contend that these findings are only symptoms of a larger problem with STEM: The current approach to STEM education is far too exclusionary and siloed—a problem that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Back to School: Thinking through Whole Room Disinfection in Education Facilities

As the summer months wind down and September approaches, students and faculty prepare to return to school and get back into the routine of another academic year. However, as students and teachers get back to school, they also get back to the threat of infection posed by dangerous germs and pathogens that are commonly spread in educational facilities, such as those that cause respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), rhinovirus, enterovirus D68, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), among others.

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FREE Distance Learning Tool You Can Use NOW!

Hundreds of educators have contacted us in the past weeks, asking for resources to teach remote, while schools open online only, or hybrid only.

RobotLAB got you covered!

In this video, you will learn how to use Google Expeditions while being remote. It is easy, it is free, and it is full of places to go to, even if we can't physically do it.

Watch the video below and learn how to do it in three simple steps

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FedEx is utilizing robotic arms to sort packages

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FedEx has flirted with robotic technologies before, most notably in the case of Roxo. The delivery robot made its debut in New York City last year, only to get the boot from Mayor Bill de Blasio. These days, however, the prospect of increased automation seems all the more pressing, as COVID-19 has left many reconsidering the human element of the supply chain.

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Overcoming Teacher's Fear of Technology

It doesn’t matter if you are a new teacher or a veteran teacher; technology in general can be a bit terrifying. It’s not so much that it’s actually technology. It’s that often, as soon as new technology, software, and programs are released – and mastered – there is suddenly a new, more technically advanced version to learn.

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Then, when you throw in the fact that as teachers we are already crunched for time, so now it’s just one more area to learn, one more thing to add to our never-ending to-do list. And, we are told that we need to connect it/implement it into the students’ learning without training or with little training, so it quickly creates tension and a fear of technology within us.

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How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

In many places, students returning to school buildings will be required to wear masks. These strategies can help elementary students adjust.mika-baumeister-uz_T7h8ds04-unsplashPhoto by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

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Pepper Robot Can Scan Your Face and Ask you to Wear a Face Mask

Pepper is expanding its skills to help limit exposure to viruses and ensure people are wearing a mask in confined spaces. SoftBank Robotics Europe hopes the robot will help businesses reopen safely.Pepper Face mask

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A 2021 Definition of EdTech

Edtech allows for one learner or five million to learn, anywhere on earth, and to take the same classes as each other. franck-v-jIBMSMs4_kA-unsplashPhoto by Franck V. on Unsplash

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DOBOT Robotic Arm in the US

Check these DOBOT news wrap-up! and learn how this STEAM classroom solution has been implemented in the U.S 

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Return to School During COVID-19

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A big question parents have right now is how students can go back to school safely during COVID-19. The latest American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advice says children learn best when they are in school. However, returning to school in person needs careful steps in place to keep students and staff safe.

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3 Easy Steps to Using a Collaboration Technology Approach

No teacher can do it all.

benefits-technology-in-the-classroomRunning a classroom, delivering instruction, and giving timely feedback are huge tasks by themselves. The good news is that responsibility for learning doesn’t have to fall solely on the teacher’s shoulders. This responsibility can be shared with students through collaborative technology. In fact, the outcomes are better if the teacher is willing to adopt collaborative technology in the classroom.

Many teachers have already adopted a collaborative technology approach in their classrooms. They’ve been willing to step away from center stage and let their students take on more responsibility for their learning.

You can bring collaborative technology into your classroom if you are willing to help your students envision, explore, and enrich.

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Science Intervention: Strategies To Help Students Catch Up

Many students struggle in STEM-related subjects: science, technology, engineering, and math. Struggling in science can be disheartening for students, their parents, and their teachers. As students increase in grade level, the emphasis placed on science in the public-school system increases, leaving many students feeling as though they will never catch up. Here, we provide some science intervention strategies to help students reach grade-level standards and accomplish their goals.

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7 Things to Know About the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission Launch

NASA's next rover to the Red Planet is slated to launch no earlier than July 30. These highlights will get you up to speed on the ambitious mission.

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In less than a month, NASA expects to launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Loaded with scientific instruments, advanced computational capabilities for landing, and other new systems, the Perseverance rover is the largest, heaviest, most sophisticated vehicle NASA has ever sent to the Red Planet.

"Perseverance sets a new bar for our ambitions at Mars," said Lori Glaze, planetary science director at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We will get closer than ever before to answering some of science's longest-standing questions about the Red Planet, including whether life ever arose there."

What drives Perseverance's mission and what will it do at the Red Planet? Here are seven things to know: 

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3 Lessons From Online Learning to Take Back to the Classroom

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Remote teaching has brought profound changes. I went through a grieving process for what my classroom once had been and for what it felt like to be in a room with students and interact with them so easily. But as I made my way through that grief, after a month or two I began to find some hope. I realized that there are lots of lessons to be learned from this time of distance learning. When we can be in person again, there are some practices that will carry with me because I discovered they actually work better:

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Join NASA for the Launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover!

No matter where you live, choose from a menu of activities to join NASA as we "Countdown to Mars" and launch the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet.

NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of the launch of the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which is targeted for 7:50 a.m. EDT (4:50 a.m. PDT) Thursday, July 30, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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2 Simple Ways to Improve Online Instruction

Distance learning started as an emergency, but teachers are finding ways to make it better, even for students working on smartphones.

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How Teachers Are Integrating COVID-19 Crisis Into Their Lessons

The coronavirus as a teachable moment? Yes, indeed. Many NEA members are integrating the pandemic into their lesson plans—using students’ natural curiosity about what’s happening in the world around them to deepen their understanding of critical, timely concepts in science, history, journalism, and more.

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The Many Benefits of STEM Education

If you’re concerned that STEM is taking up too much classroom time, consider this: STEM permeates the curriculum in ways subjects taught in isolation can’t. STEM also teaches the skills students need for success beyond their formal education.

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Teachers know that they have to take advantage of every minute of instructional time they can get with students. STEM programs, with their integrated lessons, seem to usurp a considerable amount of instructional time. That can lead to arguments about pulling kids away from traditional subjects like science and math.

However, STEM offers students experiences they can’t get in traditional classrooms. STEM integrates learning through interdisciplinary studies. It affords the application of 21st-century learning skills. And finally, STEM teaches resilience.

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Robots May Help Kids with Special Needs

The numbers for autism are staggering:

  • 1.8 million cases of autism in the U.S.

 

  • 1 case diagnosed every 20 minutes

 

  • 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. every year.

 

  • Lifetime care for an autistic person: $3.2 million.

 

  • Autism care costs annually in U.S.: $35 billion.

 

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Bonnie Gamane speaks wistfully as she recalls the day last year when a robot named Millennia visited the school she administers. What she saw were children with autism interacting with the robot in a way they never had before interacted with humans.

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Keeping Kids Excited About STEM While Teaching Remotely

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So much of our everyday lives and routine has been turned upside down thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, as parents and kids alike have found themselves on a remote learning adventure with nationwide school closures. While the move to eLearning has made our children and others safer from the virus, it has also resulted in plenty of frustration and possibly even left your kids feeling discouraged about learning.

Considering how quickly teachers and schools had to move their lessons to an online format, it’s understandable that things are running a little differently, and not without its hiccups. STEM subjects can be particularly tricky as most parents don’t have the kind of materials, knowledge, and tools necessary to make it as exciting as the teacher could. Kids are also having to learn very quickly how to work successfully as a remote student.

With all of that in mind, keeping our kids excited about learning while at home will take some extra, but simple tips and tricks.

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How Early Should Kids Begin STEM Education?

Current research results are in favor of early childhood experiences for students, especially those who are disadvantaged. This education is the great equalizer because it provides a rich, common foundation for children who may have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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Can Robotics Teach Problem Solving to Students?

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to success at university and in later life. However, the traditional classroom model has done a poor job of imparting these skills to students. The way children have learned in the classroom for generations has focused on lectures and worksheets. Past generations would depend on group sports, clubs and teenage jobs to impart these vital skills onto students.

However, new ideas suggest that robotics may hold the key to teaching problem-solving skills to students. Using robots to teach real-world skills may be a strange concept, but is it worth exploring? We think so and here’s why.

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A Vision for the Future of Virtual Reality in Education

Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly taking over our entertainment industry. But what are the implications for other areas of our lives, such as business, health, and even…education?

While the educational realm generally takes longer than anyone else to embrace new technology, VR brings many implications for the schools of tomorrow.

Here are some ways in which VR might change the face of education in the future.

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10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education

For decades, science fiction authors, futurists, and movie makers alike have been predicting the amazing (and sometimes catastrophic) changes that will arise with the advent of widespread artificial intelligence. 

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So far, AI hasn’t made any such crazy waves, and in many ways has quietly become ubiquitous in numerous aspects of our daily lives. From the intelligent sensors that help us take perfect pictures, to the automatic parking features in cars, to the sometimes frustrating personal assistants in smartphones, artificial intelligence of one kind of another is all around us, all the time.

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Do Your Classes Include Technology Integration?

Whether you include it in your instruction or not, the students in your classes are using technology. Unfortunately, their access is not always school-related.

You can change that if you’re willing to require that students use technology as part of their learning experience. The first step to authentic technology integration in any classroom lies in differentiating how students use technology. Would you rather that your students be entertained or be accountable?

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VR Opens Doors to Virtual Classrooms for Students During COVID-19

Imagine if your school-age child had the opportunity to build a robot, dissect an animal in a virtual science lab, and bend the laws of physics without leaving home. Virtual reality (VR) continues to open up a world of opportunities for several industries including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, military training, and, of course, gaming.

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STEM Activities to Inspire Fun and Creativity During the Summer

Manufacturing Stories highlighted a list of fun ideas to keep kids learning through the summer, focusing on STEM and integrating curiosity, critical thinking, and fun. Check out these activities and more.

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4th of July STEM-Related Activities

The 4th of July is one of the best holidays for STEMists! Firstly, it’s a great way to get kids engaged in celebration preparation. Secondly, it’s a chance to do some super groovy STEM activities.  From yummy recipes, to watching the night sky light up with fireworks, above all STEMists are bound to show up for America’s big celebration!  As a result, we’ve put together 5 STEM-related ways to celebrate and have a fun-filled Fourth of July.

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