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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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Click on the image above, or here : https://youtu.be/QuLurF29-JE

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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.

NASA RoverThis illustration depicts NASA's Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet's Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. PST) on Feb. 18, 2021. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

MARS2020_LAUNCH_GRADIENTPerseverance Launch to Mars: This illustration shows the moment after liftoff of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft begins the first part of its journey to Mars atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

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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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Only One in Five Schools Offered 'Rigorous' Remote Learning, Study Says

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Only 20% of schools offered rigorous, technology-based remote instruction while school buildings were shut down this spring, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute, and students in K-12 districts with a majority of high-poverty or low-achieving students were less likely to receive rigorous instruction at a distance.

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Teacher Jorg Duitsman Teaches Robotics & Engineering Courses With Dobot Magician in The Netherlands

Dutch Technology Teacher Jorg Duitsman Teaches Engineering with Dobot Magician and Trains More Teachers to Do the Same
 
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In August 2018, Jorg Duitsman started his teaching position in the departments of Mechatronics and International Engineering at Summa College. Jorg is a long-term lover of technology and maker education. Like any other technology teachers, Jorg was eager to find a better way to teach problem solving, critical thinking, and other important 21st century skills in classrooms. That’s when he started searching and found DOBOT. Later on, he purchased 20 Dobot magicians and two Dobot m1 for his school.

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Creating an Inclusive Virtual Classroom

Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.

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Why Schools Must Build A Virtualized Ecosystem

Keeping your school’s infrastructure up to date is about more than investing in powerful computers: now that the global health crisis has forced schools to rely more and more on technology in order to implement first distance learning and then blended learning, teachers and students in many countries are being faced with the flaws in their ecosystems.

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Not all schools were prepared for this sudden transition, and many have learnt by experience that even equipping the campus with the latest devices is not enough to claim that your institution can boast state-of-the-art educational technology—what if the campus itself becomes inaccessible?

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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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7 Takeaways From Our Experiences With Distance Learning

By putting people first and remaining flexible, administrators may be in a position to handle whatever comes next year.

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Italian Airport Deploys Robots to Protect Against Contaminants

The Milan Malpensa International Airport in Italy is a major airport that welcomes over 20 million passengers each year. Their customers' safety is crucial, especially in these unprecedented times. To help protect travelers from contaminants such as COVID-19, they've decided to implement Connor UVC robot to systematically disinfect the Airport to help prevent the virus from spreading.

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The Milan Malpensa Airport is the first Airport in Italy to deploy robots to clean and disinfect airport terminals. The Connor UVC Robots have already been tested and are actively at work targeting bacteria that are both in the air and on surfaces.

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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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STEM, Coding, and Robotics summer ideas!

As calendar days tick by, summer are right around the corner. And with more sunshine and better conditions in sight, that means outdoor activities and camps are on the horizon.

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7 Roles for Artificial Intelligence in Education

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Artificial Intelligence is no longer just contained in science fiction films. It is increasingly becoming a significant part of our everyday lives. We already use tools like Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and are just beginning to see the possibilities of AI in education. And, we should expect to see more. The Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2017-2021 report suggests that experts expect AI in education to grow by “47.50% during the period 2017-2021.”

With the expected growth of AI in education, here is a glimpse into some of the roles it will play in the classroom.

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How Teachers Can Support PBL at Home

Tips and projects that teachers can share with parents and caregivers to guide children in any grade through project-based learning—with or without technology.

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It’s time to set up a Blended Learning classroom

Distance learning has left a mark on schools worldwide. Even now that educators are getting ready for a gradual reopening, it is clear that they will not allow the efforts made to adapt to the crisis to go to waste: the next phase of the plan for the return to a new normal is blended learning, and it just might be here to stay.

But this combination of distance and in-person learning may leave some teachers unprepared, so let’s take a look at what to expect.

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How COVID-19 Provides Learning Opportunities for STEM Students

It's easy to see the coronavirus pandemic solely as a devastating event. There's no denying the hardships caused, but silver linings exist, too. For example, STEM learning is now more diverse and full of real-world activities.

Science, technology, engineering and math students have plenty of evidence of why these subjects matter and can even use their skills to positively influence the pandemic's effects. Here are five examples:

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At-Home Learning Throughout Summer

With the majority of schools across the country closed, many parents are feeling the stress of taking more active roles in their children’s education. As time away from the classroom extends into summer, parents also face the challenge of helping their children maintain what they’ve learned through a summer of uncertainty.

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This year’s shift to at-home learning has provided plenty of resources parents can use to keep their children’s minds engaged and actively learning. The shift has also prompted families to create new routines and healthy learning habits. Continuing these best practices over the summer may prove beneficial in setting students up for success when they return to the classroom.

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Virtual Reality Could Transform Education as We Know It

Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig's Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn't until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have brought the potential of virtual reality into the lives of everyday people. And soon, that technology will enter the classroom.

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Now, the big question is how these emerging technologies will transform education as we know it. While that question might not be fully answered for some time, it is easy to see the potential.

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Changing The Classroom

Artificial intelligence is both today’s ultimate breakthrough technology and a bit of a buzzword. It is, however, changing many facets of our lives, some of them quite noticeably. Whether AI is applied in business, industry, healthcare or education, it is often used as more or less an umbrella term, meaning that a product or system has something to do with big data, machine learning, pattern recognition and cognitive analysis, natural language processing (NLP), computer vision, neural networks, and so on.

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Individually or combined, these aspects of artificial intelligence proper can power a variety of tools, educational aids, and digital learning platforms. Their main objective is to assist, augment, and streamline the traditional classroom experience without necessarily disrupting its core processes (so no “sentient robots to take teachers’ jobs” or “artificial intelligence to replace educational systems” here, sorry).

With that in mind, here are four examples of real-life applications of AI changing the classroom, from established projects to soon-to-be-reality initiatives.

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Five Ways to Encourage Your Child to Pursue STEM

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Coding is the language of the future.

You’ve probably heard this many times before and might be worried how to make sure your child learns this new language on top of playing sports, doing their homework, and just being a kid. Don’t panic. The good news is that anyone can learn how to code and there are many free or inexpensive resources available.

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Five Coding Activities to Do with Your Kid This Summer

Summer is perfect for playing at the pool, eating popsicles, and playing outside, but it’s also a great opportunity to engage kids with computer science concepts. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite computing activities that parents, teachers, camp counselors, and more can implement into the day. Not only are they super fun, but they teach kids important skills that could lead to future success once they’re back in the classroom this fall.

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The Importance of Robotics in Education

Educators on all levels — teachers, principals, and superintendents — know the value of learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and focusing on technology in education.

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Robotics takes education technology to a new level, creating the next evolution in teaching. That’s because introducing robotics to schools means making STEM skills and knowledge hands-on and fun, to prepare students for the future in a way that feels more like creativity and less like homework.

Robotics requires all of the subjects of STEM, so it’s a well-rounded approach to educational technology and learning.

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Using the Outdoors to Teach STEM

An engaging activity encourages students to explore math in everyday spaces like parks and school campuses.

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Good News! DOBOT CR5, M1 and Magician Have Been Added to RoboDK library to do robot simulation!

We have a good news to share with you! DOBOT CR5, M1 and Magician have been added to RoboDK library for customers to do robot simulation. 

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RoboDK Software makes it easy to stimulate and program industrial robots. With RoboDK you can simulate over 400 robots from 40 different robot manufacturers, and generate robot programs for any robot controller. RoboDK is a powerful and cost-effective simulator for industrial robot arms. 

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Incorporating Drones into STEM Education

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are integral to our contemporary way of life. A significant amount of our day-to-day activities involve advanced technology to some degree. As a result, many of our industries have become reliant upon tech solutions, meaning that STEM-proficient workers are essential. 

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STEM learning from an early age is vital to ensure that students are equipped to meet the needs of the world they’ll inherit. We now have some incredible, inexpensive tools at our disposal to keep students engaged and passionate about these subjects. Drones stand out as a fun and practical apparatus for class projects, experiments, and exploration.  

We’ll take a look at a few of the ways in which drone technology can be incorporated into STEM education. Beyond some of the seemingly obvious, we can use them intelligently to enhance learning, engage passions, and demonstrate STEM as a force for good in the world.

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Connecting Lessons to the Pandemic

Incorporating the coronavirus crisis in course content can leverage students’ curiosity while showing them the real-world applicability of what they’re learning.

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6 Ways to Incorporate Coding into Your Classroom

From visual coding to coding languages to programming hardware, coding is an everyday skill whose relevance for future jobs make it just as essential for students to learn as composition and algebra.

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Covid-19: Will Blended Learning Become the Future of Education?

With a global health crisis going on, it is only natural to be focused on the present, but as the world begins to feel the beneficial effects of the emergency measures against COVID-19, it is time to look to the future.

What will we have learnt from the pandemic when all is said and done? Will school ever be the same again now that this prolonged period of forced closure has pushed educators all around the world towards a more extensive use of technology to grant their students continuity in the face of adverse circumstances?

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Math in The Great Outdoors

There are many ways to teach and to learn, and one method that many schools are adopting is learning in nature. There is significant evidence that children benefit from learning new skills in the outdoors for many reasons. Many children are averse to learning math in the classroom because they feel they aren’t good at it or they don’t understand the concepts from methods used in class.

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Taking the class outside is a great way to enhance learning math skills, and here are a few reasons why:

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6 Tools to Manage Remote Learning

Given that social distancing is in effect due to the COVID-19 situation, exploring remote learning management systems (LMS) for your child is a great idea. Likewise, teachers and school administrators looking for ways to alleviate the situation and enhance their K-12 and academic students’ experience can take advantage of LMS.

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According to Tech Jury, 43% of US college students found digital study technologies extremely helpful for doing home-based projects. In addition, 81% of students have agreed that digital learning was helpful in improving their overall grades, further adding to the positive effects of LMS. That being said, what are some of the top-performing, high-quality and affordable LMS solutions for your students in 2020?

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Learning More About Python

Python is one of the world's most popular programming language for dealing with large data sets. Any data scientist will tell you that most datasets contain missing data in one form or another. Knowing how to deal with missing data is a very important skill because of this. 

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to deal with missing data in the pandas library for Python.

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Digital Instruction During the Pandemic

Teaching virtually comes with its own set of challenges—especially during a pandemic. Use these strategies to focus on specific goals, embrace uncertainty, and keep communication open.

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How Can You Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning?

Distance learning has provided thousands of students the chance to increase their knowledge on a chosen subject in an accessible and flexible way.

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Your New Support Center for the Robots Pepper and NAO is Online!

Despite the COVID-19, Softbank Robotics Customer Support and Repair services for the robots Pepper and NAO are still open and operational. All your requests will be processed.

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[Walk-through] Pai Technology

Pai Technology is a company dedicated to creating new lifestyles for families by using technology to help kids grow, develop, and play combining the latest advancements in technology and research to make family-friendly educational toys. Join us in an interview! 

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Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment

When the world feels dangerous, harnessing learning can provide some measure of clarity and perspective.

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How Playtime with STEM Toys Makes Kids Smart

Kids need plenty of playtime. It makes them smart. Unstructured playtime also strengthens neurological development. Children become more well-rounded and adjusted when they’ve been encouraged to pursue fun activities on their own. It’s the thrill of exploration and having a creative license to do whatever they want that produces healthy children.

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5 Tips for Conducting a Digital Literacy Assesment

For many teachers, the challenge of integrating technology into their own teaching is one they are just starting to feel comfortable with, and now comes the next challenge of teaching digital literacy skills to their students. Here are some tips on how to assess digital literacy. 

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STEM Activities & Robotics Classes for At-Home Learning

With a lot of people home from work and students learning remotely, I decided to put together an article with options for STEM activities and robotics projects for at-home learning.

Whether you’re bored and are looking for your next project or you have a course to finish and need a little help, this guide is designed as a one-stop-shop for all things robotics and STEM.

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Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

Children are returning to school in countries that are weeks—or months—ahead of the U.S. in battling COVID-19. Here’s how it’s happening.

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Blocks, Rocks, and Robots: Nurturing Computational Thinking in Early Childhood

Computational thinking can be related to computers and computer science, as its name would suggest. But, more broadly, computational thinking is the ability to analyze and solve problems in a logical and organized way. Unsurprisingly, computational thinking is a higher priority in education today than it was 30 years ago. In our ever-evolving world, the leaders of tomorrow will be required to use computational thinking on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to train young children to develop these skills early on.

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Remote Learning: 6 Best Ways to Engage Your Students [from Teachers!]

Keeping students on task and excited about learning can take all your best classroom management strategies — even when you’re delivering instruction face-to-face. 

With many schools closing their doors indefinitely, teachers across the country have had to adapt at light-speed and implement remote learning strategies. While remote learning isn’t a perfect substitute for in-class instruction, there are lots of ways to keep students engaged while they’re learning from home. 

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a list of six best practices for online instruction to help you.

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A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, Edutopia recap the emotional journey with a video! Now more than ever during this though times we want to say THANK YOU TEACHERS!  

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Check the video and enjoy the emotional and powerful journey of teachers during remote learning!

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Robots can Play a Major Role in COVID-19 Battle

Robots can significantly help in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe. As the number of cases tops one million, and the death toll reaching 53,000, scientists race to develop a drug or vaccine for the infectious disease. Now, robots are playing a major role in this fight, improving the health and safety of individuals and patients.

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How to Connect Early Geometry to The Real World

Applying early geometry and spatial reasoning skills in the real world is critical in the development of general mathematics skills.

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7 Tips for Managing Distance Learning in Preschool

A preschool education director shares what her school is doing to keep kids’ screen time to a minimum while fostering play-based learning at home.

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[Walk-Through] Wonder Workshop great educational robots

Join us in this episode of Product Walk Through to a behind-the-scenes interview with Tim Tomaso from Wonder Workshop discussing their online and hands-on educational robots

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[Walk-through] DOBOT Educational Robotic Arms Product Line

The Dobot robotic arm family is versatile, cost-efficient educational robots that are fully programmable and offer students of all ages (from elementary to college level) a hands-on experience with Industry 4.0 and automation.

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[Walk-through] Misty Robot, an awesome open platform for research and education

The Misty robot is a great and affordable open source robotics platform. A unique robot that encourages hacking and extensions! Join us for an interview with the inventor - Ian Bernstein

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4 Tips to Deliver Distance Learning Effectively and Efficiently

An instructional technology specialist outlines the key principles guiding his district’s distance learning efforts in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic

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[Walk-Through] Robotis amazing robots and Technology

Join us on a product walk-through with Robotis, a global robot solutions provider and one of the leading manufacturers of robotic hardware. ROBOTIS is the exclusive producer of the DYNAMIXEL brand of all-in-one smart servos! Join us for an interview with Aaron Park. 

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From Chaos To Clarity: Structuring Classrooms To Improve Student Engagement And Achievement

It is no secret that not all kids are interested in school. It can be easy for them to become distracted or uninterested in the topics discussed. So, what can educators do to help improve the engagement and achievement of students in their classes?

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[Walk-Through] Kais Clan amazing robots and online platform

Join us on a product walk through with Kai's Clan inventor and the brain behind this amazing online/real-world experience for teaching programming and coding for all ages.

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[Walk-Through] - Smart Pepper, the easy way to make Pepper useful

Generation Robots' Smart Pepper software is a great tool for everyone, techies and business users alike. It allows you to choose Pepper's modes, make presentations, chatbots and even entertain your visitors. Join us for a product overview!

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The Need for STEM Education in Rural America

If the Great Recession of 2008 taught us anything, it’s that even the most robust economies are vulnerable. And the economic devastation brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic only served as a stark reminder of this fact.

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While rural America has so far been spared the brunt of the virus and the worst of its economic impacts, the American countryside has not fared so well in other areas of the economy. In an increasingly tech-driven global marketplace, our small towns and rural landscapes are being left behind.  Rural school systems have long struggled with financial constraints, and perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the schools’ science and technology programs.

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The Role Of Coding In Math Education

The childhood dread around math homework is so ubiquitous it’s become a cliche. It’s a cliche based in truth: ask any math teacher around the world and I’m sure they’d all tell you that a great many students find it hard to engage in math lessons.

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Thankfully, there is a solution. Now that technology is an unavoidable part of our lives, the development of that technology has become an important part of our education. Coding and programming is now firmly a part of school systems around the world, and while it may seem like something flashy and new to parents, it’s actually just math in disguise.

By Hannah Ross

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How STEM Students Are Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

Scientists and doctors aren't the only people helping contain and treat COVID-19. Across the nation, STEM students are joining the fight. Whether by themselves or in support of professors, these students are offering help in a variety of areas.

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted many students' lives. Despite this change, everyone from high school students to Ph.D. candidates is lending a hand to help researchers and medical staff. 

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By Kayla Matthews 

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7 Virtual Classroom Management Tips

How can you make your virtual classroom more pleasant and rewarding? Start with improving your virtual classroom management skills. Which traditional classroom management strategies and approaches can you apply in the virtual classroom? What teaching styles and methods can you use to be effective in your online lessons?

Explore a few helpful tips for virtual classroom management that work for both group and individual lessons.

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Teaching and Learning After COVID-19

How will the COVID-19 pandemic alter the future of teaching and learning? Answering that question requires that we first acknowledge some difficult truths.

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Thinking Through the Shift to Online Learning for STEM

Are you one of the many educators around the U.S. thinking about what it will take to successfully shift your classes to online distance learning in the event of school closures due to COVID-19? Science Buddies has suggestions and strategies for taking existing lessons and adapting them for remote learning.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

WE HUMANS WEREN’T ready for the novel coronavirus—and neither were the machines. Robots can help doctors distance from patients, and help those in isolation cope. But getting the machines into hospitals is fraught with difficulties.

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All Learning is Personalized Learning

Digital reading can increase a school’s personalized learning efforts, while also boosting student achievement. 

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4 Key Benefits of Remote Learning

The global COVID-19 emergency has disrupted the lives of millions of people, including students and teachers: schools are known to be breeding grounds for illnesses and shutting them down was only logical.

But in education, as in theater, the show must go on: that is why teachers are turning to remote learning as an alternative. Distance learning has been around longer than most people realize, but the current state of emergency is forcing a faster pace of change for which many are ill-prepared.

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Like most novelties, remote learning may cause distrust among teachers who do not know how to use its full potential, so here is a brief list of the key benefits of remote learning.

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What Will The Classroom of The Future Look Like?

Plenty of science fiction authors have asked this question and there are as many answers as there are writers: some have even imagined a future with no classrooms at all, where all children learn from home with a machine as a teacher and consider traditional school an alien concept.

But that particular future is unlikely to come true: as much as AI is growing and studying from home is becoming an increasingly popular solution, education still requires some form of human contact and technology is a tool, not a replacement.

Even so, technology can reshape the design of the classroom and the core philosophies of teaching and learning in significant ways: let’s explore how.

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Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning

[VIDEO] Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these six tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning. Middle school teacher and project-based learning coach Heather Wolpert-Gawron offers excellent suggestions for managing classrooms online.

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How to Use Virtual Spaces for Remote Learning

Jaime Donally, an ed tech consultant and FETC® featured speaker, says educators and students can collaborate, create and connect in these 360-degree environments

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5 Ways to Focus on Student Success in a Pandemic

Whether instruction is online or in person, the goal is to help increase student success.

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Schools Will Reopen, Viruses will Persist.

Are We Ready to Protect our Community?

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8th, 2020 – RobotLAB Inc., the leading Educational Robotics Company, announced today the launch of a suite of Virus-Fighting robots to keep schools safe and virus-free.

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10 Strategies for Online Learning During a Coronavirus Outbreak

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, schools around the globe are shifting to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.

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Take a #StayAtHome virtual tour of Disneyland with these 88 movies and shows during coronavirus shutdown

From a galaxy far, far away to a whole new world, you can bring a piece of Disneyland home even if you can’t go to the Anaheim theme park during the continuing coronavirus closure.

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Making Your Own Education When Traditional College Isn't an Option

Let me begin by informing you that a college education is not a necessity. It’s just one of the options to choose in a long list which consists of several other great alternatives. Hence you could even strike it out from the list and you would still have choices that are good enough to ensure a comfortable life for you.

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7 Keys To Effective Online Learning

High-quality and engaging online learning programs have a number of common characteristics. 

High-quality and engaging online learning programs have a number of common characteristics, like this young girl sitting learning online at her laptop.

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RobotLAB is offering free online Virtual Robotics and Coding courses to those affected by COVID-19.

We know that schools are being challenged with finding ways  to convert their class activity into online lessons and how to train teachers to do so, all to ensure the continuation of education for the students.

Recognizing the enormous impact this situation has on all schools, we at RobotLAB, wanted to inform you of the following unique proposal by Amazon and Engage EDU Lite (Powered by CoderZ):

Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online Virtual Robotics and Coding courses for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.

Students and teachers at primary schools, middle schools and high schools are invited to program their own virtual robots through the Engage EDU Lite platform. 

Check it out Here

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Keep learning during COVID-19 with RobotLAB and CoderZ!

CoderZ is an online educational environment that improves students 21st century skills, while they are having fun programming their own virtual cyber robot. CoderZ and RobotLAB has different lessons to do at home!  Check them out Here

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Why Learning to Code Benefits Kids, Regardless of Future Career Choice

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“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field.”—Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, is one of many advocates of computer science education in our country. Educators, technology experts, business leaders, and even celebrities support a new movement with a clear purpose: to teach children to read and write code.

Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies,” says Mitchel Resnick, a media arts and sciences professor at the MIT Media Lab.

Coding is so important because its impact extends far beyond simply creating software and websites.

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Balancing Edtech Implementation in Classrooms

Edtech has encouraged teachers to trade the traditional white board for presentation slides and their usual instruction process for on-demand online courses. The explosion of state-of-the-art tools provides more opportunities for student development and helps educators become extra effective in the classroom.

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Hospital uses VR to show how the coronavirus impacts the lungs

Doctors at George Washington University Hospital are using virtual reality to uncover the damage caused by COVID-19.

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Math teacher uses COVID-19 to keep students learning during pandemic

Students all over the state are out of school right now as officials try to fight the spread of COVID-19 but one school in Oklahoma City is using the coronavirus to keep kids learning.

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How to Learn Computer Science? (from Zero to Hero)

I first learned about coding and computer science (CS) in college about 20 years ago. Looking back, not much has changed in the foundational concepts or core practices in CS. What has changed is who can teach it and where it can live in the curriculum—today educators in any subject can teach coding.

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Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus

With school closures happening all across the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, public schools are varying widely in what they offer. School districts have a legal obligation to provide equitable learning opportunities and it can be hard for schools to guarantee access to necessary hardware, like laptops and WiFi, for all students, so some are confining themselves to handing out optional "enrichment" lessons.

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If you're one of the tens of millions of parents who are now essentially homeschooling your kids, we have some tips to help you keep your kids engaged and everyone sane:

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Embracing Online Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn how four instructors are keeping students on track using remote learning environments

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10 Things to Help Students During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As more and more schools close to slow the spread of COVID-19, parents and educators are banding together to help students keep learning

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The Importance of Women in STEM Careers

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Despite the COVID-19 spread let's don't forget that March is Women's History Month. This month is one to reflect on women around the world — their year-round strides and accomplishments, everyday lives and impact on the planet. Even with fluctuations in politics and social movements, the contributions of women remain constant.

Progress in the workplace has come far but still has further to go. Women in STEM, especially, are making major strides and changing a landscape that lacks representation. 

The number of women in science, technology, engineering and math is relatively low compared to men. Slowly, though, the percentages are increasing. With more representation and awareness, STEM females will eventually match the number of STEM males, ushering in a new era of equality.

By Kayla Matthews 

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Learning Robotics at Home

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It is pretty amazing to think about how far we’ve come with technology over the past three generations. Things our grandparents couldn’t even begin to imagine are now the things our children take for granted. With as far as we’ve come already, it can be hard to believe that we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible going into the future.

Opportunities for our children to make a difference in the quality of our lives using new technology are boundless. In particular, the field of robotics and robotics engineering is exploding and will likely be a major draw for young talent in the coming years. Giving your child the opportunity to “nerd-out” in robotics is fun for them now, but it has a very real potential to lead them straight into a dream career as well. And what a better opportunity to reinforce those skills during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine! 

Robotics is a ton of fun no matter what your background is in. If you are preparing your kiddo for their first robotics competition, here are some things to keep in mind. 

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11 Engaging STEM Activities for Kids To do At Home

We at RobotLAB understand the importance of doing something with your kids and keep them entertained during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. That's why we want to share with you eleven STEM activities to do at home! 

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RobotLAB and Our Commitment During COVID-19

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On behalf of everyone here at RobotLAB, our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19. Our focus is, as always, is on the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities.

The situation is changing rapidly, and the government has ordered a mandatory shut down of all business in San Francisco Bay Area effective Tuesday, March 17. The office will be closed but our personnel will be online working remotely.

What’s impacted:

  • Shipments will not be able to be picked up nor delivered at our locations till further notice.



What’s not impacted:
  • Training and support calls can be performed as scheduled, we accept new training and support requests as well

  • To the extent we have inventory, our team is preparing your orders, so they will go out the moment the lock-down will be lifted

  • Support for fiscal deadlines for bids and other budgetary timelines (price quote requests, product demos, etc.) are all intact

  • We are available via email or phone for any of your questions or concerns during this challenging time.

There is no question this is a time of great uncertainty. While we don’t know exactly what the future may hold, we feel confident that by sticking together (6ft apart, after washing hands!) and supporting each other, we’ll emerge from this stronger than before.

We will resume normal operation, and speed up your order delivery when it’s safe to do so.

 

 

Keeping Schools Virus-Safe Is Not An Easy Feat

Follow UNICEF's guidance on how to keep your school virus free. Take action and join the schools that have moved forward and deployed robots to stop the pandemic, and make sure it won't come back!

Dr. Fauci warned this virus possibly become a seasonal cyclic thing. Even when this wave will be over, viruses won't. Take action now and keep your community safe and healthy.

Let robots do the dull and dangerous job, not humans! Breathing disinfectants every day isn't a good idea for the long run, holding a UVC sanitation light can cause skin cancer, and vacuuming floors simply isn't enough.


As we can see around us now, the health of our community is far too important and requires a systematic and meticulous approach, a task that only robots can perform successfully. That's why schools employ robots with the required skills to disinfect their spaces, an approach that offers a better quality and a cost-efficient protection to their students and staff.

Learn more here!

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Robots Can Also Get the Coronavirus?

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We at RobotLAB know how scary it can be with the CoronaVirus out there. Please keep your tech clean at school or home and lower the chance of transferring the virus! Watch the following video and learn how to clean your robots properly! 

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Artificial Intelligence vs Cognitive Computing in Education: How They Differ

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The first thing to understand is that cognitive computing is part of artificial intelligence (AI), or a subset of artificial intelligence.

There are many definitions of AI, with many tech companies formulating their own definitions depending on what their aim is for AI.

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3 Ways to Inspire Teachers

Teachers crave motivation and inspiration in their pursuit to teach the world’s future citizens how to function within society. That is not to say that they are not committed to their work; they are. Teaching is often a thankless job that drains them of their energy and sometimes their desire to teach.

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Teachers can get beaten down by the day to day routine, whether by students, parents, supervisors, or the media. To create a prosperous environment where both teachers and, by association, students to thrive, we need to continue maintaining teacher morale. Here are three tips to keep teachers inspired:

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3 Ways STEM Learning Speaks to The Future of Work

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To succeed in college and the workplace, students require a solid foundation in STEM learning. Experience in these subjects does not only benefit aspiring scientists and engineers–it’s essential for all students.

In fact, between 2017 and 2027, the number of STEM jobs will grow 13 percent. Even positions in traditionally non-STEM fields (estimated to grow by 9 percent) will require some sort of technological knowledge.

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Introducing Students to Careers in Robotic Engineering

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According to a study from the McKinsey Global Institute, robots may replace human workers in as many as 800 million jobs by 2030. Over the next 12 years, there will be a higher demand than ever before for robotic engineers. After all, someone needs to design these robots and be able to fix them if they break down. Learning robotics can help students succeed in the future by preparing them to enter an expanding field that will require an increasingly difficult skill set.

It’s important to teach students about robotic engineering in the classroom, not just outside of it. Many students may not know about the opportunities that could be available to them, or how to get involved with robotic engineering.

Perhaps the most exciting way to get students involved with robotics is to have a lab or hands-on lesson. Start small, and build progressively complex lessons from there. 

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An Entrepreneurial Mindset Beats Coding Skills

Computer coding may be valuable in the current marketplace, but for long-term success, students need to develop entrepreneurial mindsets. 

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Beyond STEM: Why AI Demands Higher-Level Skills

There is plenty of discussion about the need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills as the gateway to employment opportunities (and for employers, staffing requirements) in the artificial intelligence-enhanced economy ahead. study released by the World Economic Forum shows that data-related jobs will be the most in demand within the next four to five years, along with AI and machine learning specialists.

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Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

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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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Schools Receive Pepper Robot's visit with its New Visual Programming Tool: Tethys

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SoftBank Robotics America today announced the launch of Tethys, an integrated development environment designed to teach coding skills. The SoftBank Group Corp. unit said the visual learning software enables students to program its Pepper humanoid robot in real time.

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Meet Tethys! An Integrated Development Environment Designed To Teach Coding Skills with Pepper Robot

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SoftBank Robotics America today announced the launch of Tethys, an integrated development environment designed to teach coding skills. The SoftBank Group Corp. unit said the visual learning software enables students to program its Pepper humanoid robot in real time.

The standalone visual programming software can connect to their humanoid robot, Pepper, to program full functionality of the robot in real time. SBRA’s first commercially available software tool is the latest milestone in their longstanding education initiative spanning NAO, Pepper, and their partnership with the SoftBank Group.

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3 Ways To Integrate Technology Into The Classroom

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Today’s primary and secondary students are extremely tech savvy, which is why implementing technology in the classroom has become a major focus (and in some cases a major obstacle) for educators. The students in your classroom constantly use technology to communicate with each other and learn about the world around them. Integrating technology into the classroom creates learning opportunities that are more engaging, and sometimes more effective, than traditional teaching methods and principles.

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Closing The Gap Between Men and Women in STEM

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Gender inequality in the workplace is nothing new. When women entered the workforce during World War II, it was out of necessity. During the feminist movement of the 1960s, women entered the workforce by choice. However, their options were quite limited. Most simply became secretaries, nurses, babysitters, or teachers.

Today, women work in all fields, but, the hard sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics are still dominated by men.

Is there is a reason that such a gap continues to exist in these particular fields? And what can be done to close this gap?

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Is the implementation of 3D printing in education a necessity?

Recently, 3D printing in education has become more widely known. Despite 3D printing being relatively new on the mainstream market, more and more 3D printers and applications of 3D technology are being found. The leading 3D printing manufacturers have already developed specialised machines for children and printers to cover educational needs.

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Nowadays the importance of the inclusion of 3D printing in professional degrees and in schools is already a fact. Since training is essential for the application and implementation of professional 3D technology, especially for the industry it is a professional necessity. However, when it comes to the use of 3D printing in education, questions arise: Is 3D printing really established in education? How to get the application of 3D technologies in schools and why should it play an important role for our children?

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How can robots teach children about math and science?

It’s no big secret that kids love to create. Hands-on activities provide a wonderful way to engage children and teach them important lessons they’ll remember long-term. This concept has inspired the fast-growing “maker movement” — a trend of do-it-yourself activities for children that involve learning, building and experimentation.

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Robotics is one of the most popular examples of the maker movement. Kids and adults alike are enamored with robots; creating an object from scratch and learning to control its actions is just plain cool. But there’s more: the fundamentals of robotics are directly connected to important STEM skills. It’s not just fun, it turns out; it’s educational.

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How To Flip your STEM Classroom

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Flipped classroom: It’s one of the hottest buzzwords in education at the moment, and it’s also an effective approach to student-centered learning.

If you’re not yet familiar with flipped classrooms, here’s the deal:

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How Can Smart City Technologies Impact Education?

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There are many technical definitions for the term “smart cities,” but this one by Interesting Engineering puts it succinctly, so it’s clear: Smart cities use technology to better population’s living experiences, operating as one big data-driven ecosystem.

Data collection will be at the heart of the smart city. Data will be collected from residents, transport systems and other city infrastructure. The data will reveal patterns in behavior or inefficient use of resources and the aim is to use this information to improve the living conditions for citizens. Amongst other things, data collection will result in notifications on the best times and the best routes to travel, personal energy usage, etc. Let’s look at how urban data collection could affect education and benefit schools.

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Finding The Right Assessment Tool For Your Classroom

As with the selection of any edtech tool, it is important not to get carried away with the technology and to forget about how the tool will support teaching and learning in the classroom. Here are some questions to consider when choosing edtech assessment tools for your classroom.

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What Every Educator Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence

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C3PO from “Star Wars.” HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey.” “The Terminator.” And now Apple’s SIRI and Amazon’s Alexa. Artificial Intelligence has always been part of our collective imagination. But it’s now becoming part of our everyday lives.

Experts think artificial intelligence could help people do all sorts of things over the next couple of decades: power self-driving cars, cure cancer, and yes, transform K-12 education.

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7 Reasons Why Robotics Should be Taught in Schools

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Technology is changing the way people do things in every part of the world, and the sector continues to expand. What are schools doing to prepare the next generation for the future?

The truth is that educational institutions are already doing a great deal of work in this area. In fact, everything we see today in robotics can trace its origins to research, and an academic paradigm that brought on board policymakers, scientists, and governments.

Now, teaching robotics in school is  becoming an increasingly indispensable part of the curriculum.

But first things first…

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How Learning Circuit Board Design Can Impact Future Engineers

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STEM is a vital field of study. The world has always needed engineers and scientists, and as technology becomes a more prominent part of daily life, these occupations will be all the more crucial. 

A well-rounded science and engineering education is an invaluable tool for the workforce of tomorrow. STEM jobs are growing at a faster rate than the national average and typically pay more as well. To capitalize on these opportunities, students need to start learning STEM tools while they're young.

Higher education will equip students with the tools to succeed in STEM, but to make the most of it, they need to learn some things early on. One of the most valuable skills for young students to learn is PCB design. Learning circuit board design at a young age can provide students with a variety of essential engineering skills and knowledge.

By Kayla Matthews 

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Plan Ahead: 11 STEM Activities for Spring Break!

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Whether you're heading out on the road for spring break or taking it easy at home, incorporating a little STEM fun can help keep your child's creativity flowing during the week off.

To get you and your family started, we've rounded up a variety of spring break STEM activities that are easy, educational, and inspiring! Choose one or try them all, and show your child just how exciting and open-ended STEM fields can be. They'll discover fundamental skills and concepts that will stick with them long after spring break ends. How's that for a productive spring break?

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Funding Education Innovation: 3 Ways to Get It Right

There’s no doubt that education innovation is a pressing issue in our country today. As societal needs continue to evolve, educational reform should follow in order to meet those needs. One of the most impactful ways to respond to the evolution of needs is education innovation, and there is a way to do it.

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The heroines STEM: Ten women in science you should know

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Science is often considered a male-dominated field. In fact, according to United Nations data, less than 30% of scientific researchers worldwide are women.

Studies have shown that women are discouraged from, or become less interested in, entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) beginning at a young age. And according to the Pew Research Center, women remain underrepresented in engineering, computer science and physical science.

But despite challenges of gender discrimination and lack of recognition in the scientific community, countless inspiring women in these fields have made historic contributions to science and helped advance understanding of the world around us.

Many were not recognized in their own lifetimes, but their achievements have helped generations of female scientists to come. We all learned about Marie Curie and Jane Goodall, but here are 10 more women in science you should know.

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Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

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As we sail through the 21st century, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more predominant. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smartphones. Social media has become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live our lives. 

Educators, too, have seen firsthand the benefits of technology in the classroom. They also recognize the importance of developing these technological skills in students so they will be prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their schooling.

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Challenges in STEM education and how teachers can overcome them

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Teachers are a huge influence on a student’s choice of subject matter or their decision to pursue a STEM career. The evidence from the ICM-S survey suggests that students’ decisions to study STEM in college can be directly influenced by classroom instruction and teacher advising. However, student motivation can be a huge problem for even the best of teachers. But teachers also face a lot of challenges when it comes to STEM education.

Here are the top challenges that most teachers face and a few suggestions for how to tackle them.

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Curious About Classroom Makerspaces? Here’s How to Get Started.

Makerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they’re learning? How do you make time for that with all the other tasks crammed into the school day? And how do you keep the Makerspace from turning into a chaotic mess?

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5 Benefits of STEM for Girls

As technology advances, STEM for girls is becoming increasingly relevant. Yet, despite this importance, many still believe that STEM is not for girls. Nonetheless, evidence shows that such thinking is not the reason but the cause of us having a lack of women in STEM.

Let’s investigate what the benefits of STEM for girls are.

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How Is AI Used In Education - Real World Examples Of Today And A Peek Into The Future

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While the debate regarding how much screen time is appropriate for children rages on among educators, psychologists, and parents, it’s another emerging technology in the form of artificial intelligence and machine learning that is beginning to alter education tools and institutions and changing what the future might look like in education. It is expected that artificial intelligence in U.S. education will grow by 47.5% from 2017-2021 according to the Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector report. Even though most experts believe the critical presence of teachers is irreplaceable, there will be many changes to a teacher’s job and to educational best practices.

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The Real Importance of STEM Education in Elementary School

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As a nation, our education industry has recognized a shortcoming in our students. We’ve fallen behind other industrialized countries in terms of STEM-related fields, which include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Not only does a STEM-focused education open students to new subjects, it also allows for different learning methodologies to be utilized.

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How Can Robotics Bring STEM Learning to Life?

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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.

Many attempts have been made in the past to raise enrollment in STEM courses including state aid and scholarships, but robotics seems to have renewed interest in STEM courses like none other. It brings science, technology, engineering and mathematics which were earlier taught as four different subjects, together as one.

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19 Futuristic STEM Jobs: Finding a Career in the Future

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No matter how hard you try to predict the future, it will always be uncertain. While some probably thought we would have had flying cars by now, it’s not quite the case.

Most science fiction though, for the most part, eventually becomes science fact.

So how do we take that knowledge and prepare our children for future?

Well, if we follow trends and look to research, we can do a pretty good job of predicting advancements. Flying cars were probably a stretch of a guess, but driverless cars? Sure. And wouldn’t you know it, you’re seeing more of them being tested on the road every single day.

Technology is at the forefront of such innovations. So for parents looking to give their children a leg up in the future, that means introducing STEM in early childhood to help kids develop related tech skills and future-proof their education.

I mean, consider the employment landscape of 1990. Jobs like Social Media Manager and UX Designer were unheard of—in fact, many jobs didn’t exist even ten years ago. It’s also reported that 65% of children entering school will eventually work at jobs that don’t exist today.

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We are 20 Years Into the 21st Century, Isn't it About Time to Stop Fooling Around With STEM Education, and Start Teaching Artificial Intelligence?

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January 22, 2020 – London, UK – RobotLAB Inc., the award-winning educational robotics company, launched the industry-first AI LAB for education. The AI LAB is a turnkey solution built from multiple AI-Stations such as Smart Transportation, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, Humanoid Robots, Space Exploration, Smart Farming, and other modular learning experiences designed to give students hands-on experience in every day’s Artificial Intelligence applications.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Robot for Your Classroom

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About 59,500,000.

That’s the number of results my latest Google search for ‘educational robots’ turned up. With such an overwhelming number of resources claiming to be ‘perfect’ for teaching coding to kids, attempting to find the right robot to use in your classroom can be a daunting task. How do you determine which robot is best for your students?

Start by thinking about educational robots in terms of categories, rather than as an insanely long list of products. Educational robots can be divided into four main categories of robots.

In this article, we look at the physical design, coding method and educational method of each of these four categories of robots. These details will help you choose the best type of robot for bringing coding into your classroom.

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Why STEM Matters in 2020

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STEM Education, a term initiated by the National Science Foundation, is an educational approach which focuses on one or more of the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. In an era when technical and scientific skills are increasingly important in the work force, exposing children to STEM learning in the early years is key.

Currently, only 26% of STEM jobs are held by women. It is important to ensure that girls as well as boys are exposed to and encouraged in the area of STEM. It’s never too early to introduce STEM to your child and to consider how to sustain interest in STEM in elementary school.

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How EdTech Can Impact on Students’ Wellbeing

In most people’s lives, school is the first environment in which we start feeling pressure. Whether the cause is the expectation to perform well or the struggle to fit in and have one’s first social interactions, school is often a source of stress and fear and can prove detrimental to the students’ mental health and well-being.

Creating a safe, positive place to be that fosters confidence and contentment while nipping the causes of anxiety and low self-esteem in the bud is something that everyone can contribute to: a class where students who struggle socially are not made to feel judged or excluded by their peers, staffed by teachers who realise that low-performing pupils need to be helped, not berated, is much more conducive to a good mental state than a highly competitive class where bullying is rife and students feel that they cannot go to the adults in charge with their problems.

Human behaviour, therefore, remains the greatest factor in student well-being and mental health, and technology alone cannot eliminate all obstacles. However, EdTech can be an excellent support tool for those educators and administrators who care about their students’ quality of life.

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Why Your Students Need a Makerspace

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Makerspaces have become a hot topic in education. While not a new concept, makerspaces are gaining traction for the many benefits they provide students as these spaces are integrated into classrooms and schools.

Makerspaces are designed to challenge students to create and learn through hands-on, personalized experiences throughout elementary, middle and high school. Here are a few of the many benefits of makerspaces.

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Why Math Talk is More Than Numbers

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It is well known that children who develop arithmetic skills at a young age are more likely to be successful in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects when they are older. It is also known that parents have a strong influence on their child’s ability to develop these skills. 

For instance, children whose parents frequently ask things such as, “You have four pennies… how many would you have if I gave you two more?” are more likely to be successful in math classes and math-related careers later on. But, what is less well known is the fact that spatial reasoning has an impact on these mathematical abilities as well.

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How Edtech Will Change School Culture

For more than 100 years, we’ve relied on the factory model for providing education. Born of the industrial age, when efficient systems mattered most in producing a product, the factory model mimicked assembly-line work. 

Schools built large classrooms and filled them with multiple rows of students. Teachers delivered one-size-fits-all instruction, and process was replicated in room after room, hall after hall, and school after school.

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Naming the education system after industrialism was more of a metaphor than anything else, but one thing became apparent. Industrialism had served its purpose. Continuing to model an education system after an era that had passed was hurting instruction, not helping it. In education, we deal with people, not parts.

The birth of computers and the Internet renewed interest in education, and many thought that technology would be the panacea schools needed to reinvent themselves. As it turns out, change was not going to come from having computers or other trendy digital devices. Authentic change in education could only come about from how we used the new tools, not which ones we purchased for school.

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Robotics in Education: Constructing, Coding, and Competing

The learning theory of constructionism asserts that people construct mental models to understand the world around them, and that this can be achieved through activities like building, tinkering, playing with components of machines and other systems, and watching how they interact.

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many companies now provide robotic building kits that educators can use to build systems thinking, learn engineering, and practice STEM concepts, following the theories of constructionism. There are options out there for the smallest of budgets, as well as large-scale, worldwide, non-profit organizations that have inspired the formation of robotics clubs, as well as international robotics competitions.

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5 Ways To Use Drones In The Classroom

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Mobile devices may have enabled the breakthrough of disruptive technology in modern classroom, but new gadgets keep enriching the possibilities to engage students in more interactive classes. Alongside smartphones and tablets, a number of new devices have entered a classroom – from smart boards to VR headsets, a wide range of tech inventions have helped reinvent traditional teaching methods. Among the latest tech trends, the use of drones has become a widespread among photographers, journalists, farmers, police officers and many others. For teachers, using drones in the classroom open up a new set of opportunities to make classes more relevant and engaging for students.

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What is The State of Virtual Reality in The Classroom?

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Virtual reality sounds like a far-off futuristic concept. When we hear the words “virtual reality” we may think of people wearing big helmets that transport them to another location from the comfort of their home (or classroom). However, virtual reality is slowly becoming a reality in the classroom. It doesn’t look quite like what you might imagine, but it is improving all the time.

The potential benefits of virtual reality in the classroom are endless. Students from schools all over the world could have access to the same resources and experiences through virtual reality, creating an even playing field like we’ve never seen before in education. Students could use virtual reality to travel back in time and see history come to life, or to take field trips to far-off locations that would cost hundreds to travel to in real life.

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Is Coding Over? Why Learning to Code Is Really About Learning to Learn

We are now living in a technological world and the future of work is this: Tech workers will no longer solely work in the tech industry. Every field will hire employees with strong digital skills, and this trend will only continue to accelerate.

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5 Ways AI May Influence Higher Education Admissions & Retention

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Artificial intelligence (AI) has officially entered the higher education realm, both hypothetically and in early practice. According to the report Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector, AI will grow at a compound annual rate of 47.7 percent from 2018 to 2022. Several technological and educational powerhouses will contribute to that growth as they commit substantial resources and personnel to develop digital platforms that use AI.

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STEM Education is About Hands On Experiences

The processes of inquiry, reasoning and collaboration required in STEM learning are similar to any experiential activity; learning activities must be hands-on experiences. STEM classes also demand rigor and relevance in a curriculum, and the students who take these classes must learn to think critically as they use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve real world problems through direct learning experiences.

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5 STEM Toys to Grab Kids' Interest Early

Science, technology, engineering and math — these subjects make up STEM, and it's clear why all four will be vital to your child's growth and success. When they grow up, they may want to pursue these interests as careers — a good thing, considering experts predict these fields will only continue to grow and create more jobs. Plus, STEM work tends to come with a healthy salary, too. 

For now, your little one's far from a steady 9-to-5. Nevertheless, you can cultivate their interest in STEM-related subjects with toys that sharpen the brain. Discover five of the best options to add to your child's toy box. 

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Computer Science K-12 Classrooms Needs to Catch Up

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It’s estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That’s 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K-12 schools have computer science programs.
So what gives?

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5 reasons to learn a new Programming Language in 2020

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Bruce Lee has once famously quoted “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”. In year 2020, do you need to learn a new programming language or do you need to work on the languages you already know like Bruce Lee has said? Like many other questions, the answer is: it depends.

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5 K-12 Guidelines For Artificial Intelligence: What Students Should Know

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the future. It is already altering the way our world operates, and it’s a force of change that education has no choice but to engage with it. According to a recent Gartner report, one in five workers will have some form of artificial intelligence as a co-worker.

That means most of today’s K–12 students will be part of a workforce that will include AI co-workers. In order to flourish in this new work environment, students must study AI, and K–12 schools will need to have artificial intelligence curricula.

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Computer Science Teachers Association have formed the AI for K-12 Working Group. This working group has come up with five big ideas regarding AI that every student should know about.

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How and Why to Bring Robotics into the Classroom

The need for people in STEM-related careers is at an all-time high. Science, tech, engineering and math fields are looking for people who can think critically, solve problems and work with science and math concepts with ease. For years, much of this type of work has been outsourced to other countries, but with the growing dependence on tech, domestic businesses are also increasing hires in these fields.

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While teachers are preparing students for their potential careers, they are also imparting the many other benefits of bringing STEM concepts into the classroom. One way to do this is through robotics. While building robotic figures and getting them to work, students learn skills like mechanics, engineering, coding and more.

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EdTech Trends 2020: the future is now

The end of a year and the start of a new one is the ideal time to reflect on the recent changes in the field of education technology and to look to the immediate future of technological solutions for the classroom: what does the beginning of the new decade have in store for students and teachers worldwide?

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Investing in Girls’ STEM Education

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New technologies are dramatically transforming work and the global economy every day. This new age of automation creates new opportunities for businesses and governments, but due to gender barriers as old as time, the next generation of girls is at risk of being left behind. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers hold tremendous promise for millions of women—but only if new policies tackle access and education problems first.  

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What Does a Future Ready Educator Look Like?

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As new technology emerges and most work is done online, it is more important than ever to teach students how to adapt in the ever-changing digital world they live. This is where “Future Ready” schools and “Future Ready” educators become essential.

The Alliance for Excellent Education describes, “Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.” As school districts invest in developing Future Ready schools, educators must also make sure they are preparing to embrace digital learning to be “future ready” educators. What does this look like?

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Coding, Robotics and the Jobs of the Future

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Since as early as the 1800’s, fears of robots taking over human jobs has been a reality. As we enter the true age of robotics, those concerns are resurfacing, and educators are unsure about what jobs their students will be competing for. For example, IT jobs will grow by 22% through 2020 and jobs in STEM are said to see similar growth. Educators are expected to equip their students with skills that will translate into careers and yet they have no idea what these skills should be. While timeless skills such as critical thinking, languages and mathematics aid in every career they do not provide the specialized skills that “jobs of the future” may require. So, what are the jobs of the future and how can be best prepare students for them?

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5 Big Ed-Tech Problems to Solve in 2020

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Teaching Artificial Intelligence. Moving beyond coding when talking about computer science. Training teachers to use technology without having to get certified by a big company.

Those are among the five education technology issues that Ricard Culatta, the CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, thinks educators should watch in the 2020 school year. 

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3 Reasons Why Schools Must Encourage Technology Use

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Schools and technology use have been inseparable for decades. How we use technology is changing.

The 21st century requires skills far different than those of the last century. Today’s workforce incorporates technology in nearly every aspect of their jobs and lives. Digital computing not only assists in task completion but in many cases, it has taken over repetitious duties. Technology also allows people to conduct professional and personal business on the go. We work, bank, socialize, learn, and entertain ourselves online. 

Our students are growing up in a digitally connected world. They’ve never known anything else. As of June 2019, an estimated 7.7 billion people accessed the internet for labor and leisure purposes. That number is expected to grow as internet penetration expands throughout the world. 

To prepare students for living and working in a quickly-evolving world that centers around technology, we must provide differentiated support, teach collaboration skills, and make learning fun. Technology makes those goals possible.

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Integrating STEM for the New Year!

More and more high school graduates are choosing to study STEM-related fields after graduating, thanks to the wealth of career opportunities that require those skills. As such, it’s vital for educators to understand how to integrate STEM into the classroom. But while most teachers are aware of the importance of STEM, strategically integrating it into lesson planning, especially in less-obvious courses, can leave them scratching their heads.

To understand how to communicate the importance of STEM skills to students, it’s essential to first address the reality of the field. 

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AI’s New Year’s Resolutions for Education

Everywhere you look in the weeks leading up to and following New Year’s Eve, people are making predictions for the year to come.

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One of our biggest obsessions is how artificial intelligence is transforming the way we learn and develop critical professional skills. So, naturally, we’ve been eagerly poring through predictions from the ed-tech world, about how artificial intelligence and similar innovations will become even more of a game changer for higher education in the coming year. 

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Developing Critical Thinking through education technology

Critical thinking is not a school subject, but if taught properly, it will help students in their future endeavours whether they intend to continue to higher education or to enter the workforce immediately after K-12. It is not a single skill, either, but rather a set of different skills working together to allow students to process information, make evaluations, solve problems, and come up with innovative ideas rather than relying without question on what they have been told. In short, critical thinking will prove useful to students not just at school, but in life in general.

Just like it has transformed the teaching of traditional subjects, EdTech can leave a mark on the development of critical thinking too: let’s see how.

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Technology Collaboration Results in Improved Success

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The key to any success lies in collaboration. With vision and persistence, people can set goals and inspire others to join in pursuit of them.

Katie Bouman recently shook up the world of physics. She developed the algorithm that would enable them to triangulate image points in a collaborative effort to take a picture of a black hole. The Event Horizon Telescope was not launched in a silo, and Bouman didn’t work alone. Bouman led the competent teams stationed around the world in capturing the first image of a black hole. Her need to collaborate didn’t lessen her achievement; it made it even more notable.

The black hole imaging project is not the first collaborative effort that integrated technology. The Human Genome Project and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership are also global efforts to better understand our environment and improve the quality of life for everyone.  Successful technology integration depends on collaboration.

The same is true for edtech.

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4 Keys to Finding and Using Technology in Early Elementary Classrooms

Finding quality technology resources to incorporate into the classroom can be challenging for any teacher, but it may be a particularly tall order for teachers of younger students. As a kindergarten teacher, I’m all too aware of the heightened concerns about screen time and what is and is not age-appropriate for our littlest pupils. Here are a few suggestions to help bring tech tools that are age-appropriate and educationally relevant into the classroom without spending a ton of time hunting them down.

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How to Encourage Students to Keep Learning About STEM for the Next Year

STEM careers are going to take the lead in the next decade, especially as the country works toward goals such as reaching the moon by 2024 and setting up a permanent moon base by 2028.

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the careers that will carry the U.S. into the future — but middle and high school students are quickly losing interest. In fact, only 38% of current students are naturally interested in the STEM fields. How can teachers and educators keep students learning about STEM for the next year?

By Kayla Matthews 

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How Robotic and Technology are Helping the Education Sector

Education is the building block of society. While in the early days, education setup was all about a tree, chalk and slate with the change in time, it has revamped into a luxury space that includes everything that reduces human effort in terms of learning.

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Today, more than anything else, the entire focus is shifting towards innovation, creativity, technical advancement. Education is not just limited to educate someone rather it has become a practice to innovate and the formal education system is reaching a new level. 

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Educators: Are You Really Technology Literate?

The Internet is firmly here to stay. Computers and the World Wide Web have come a long way since the net first launched in the late sixties. Computers and all their silicon associates have cemented themselves into the modern world. Cell phones, laptops, iPods, iPads, tablets – the list goes on and on. Screen-literacy has become a mandatory part of success in today’s world.

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The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on Education

Artificial intelligence can be defined as the ability of computer systems to perform tasks and activities that usually can only be accomplished using human intelligence. In the world of education, this technology is revolutionalizing schools and classrooms, making educators jobs a lot easier.

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

Teaching robotics to elementary students can enhance sensory learning, improve socialization, provide opportunities for hands-on innovation, and raise the level of rigor.

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Expeditions at East Elementary!

Students at East Elementary in Zion have been embarking on some amazing expeditions with the help of Google! 

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The key role of EdTech in Special Education

Some students face more challenges than others in their learning process. They were once labelled as ‘lazy’ or ‘stupid’; today, with our better understanding of the medical conditions that can hinder learning, they are simply students with special needs.

Students with physical or cognitive disabilities require special education teachers who can give them individual attention, which is often a problem for institutions that are understaffed or have a modest budget; however, investing in assistive technology can increase their level of independence and decrease the need for one-on-one time—it does not eliminate the need for special ed teachers completely, but it certainly reduces the strain. Let’s see how.

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Google Expeditions Transports Roxbury History Students to Louisiana

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Boosting Your Child's STEM Skills With Robotics

"STEM" is an important educational topic sweeping through homes and schools across the world.  STEM is an acronym representing the huge push to teach and involve students in science, technology, engineering, and math. Due to struggling test scores and low enthusiasm in many schools, both parents and teachers are striving to find new and better ways to create greater interest in these critical learning topics. These classroom subjects give our children the keys to a booming future in one of these science-driven fields. Although there are many ways to help encourage a STEM education, robotics education programs are allowing children as young as 6 to learn valuable problem-solving STEM skills. 

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How Educational AI is Making the Grade

Adoption of artificial intelligence is on the rise: According to research firm Gartner, 37 percent of organizations have now “implemented AI in some form,” and adoption is up 270 percent over the past four years. 

Schools are following suit: Technavio’s “Artificial Intelligence Market in the US Education Sector 2018-2022” report predicts a nearly 48 percent growth rate for AI tools over the next three years. 

The key to AI success is specificity. It is crucial to define key needs AI tools can meet and shortcomings it can address. This is especially true for K–12 institutions faced with limited time and budgets.

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How to Use 3D Printing in STEM Classes

Gone are the days when students could only print on traditional two-dimensional paper. The world of 3D printing is opening up new doors in the classroom setting. With the invention of this technology, teachers can bring lessons to life in a new way that was previously inaccessible. Most classes could benefit from the addition of a 3D printer, but STEM classes can uniquely utilize this new opportunity. The ability to design and physically create small models can be invaluable in these STEM-based courses.

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How can educators make the most of the 3D printer in their classroom? Here are just a few ways that this technology can create a more realistic and hands-on lesson to further a child’s grasp of essential concepts.

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7 Examples of Project-Based Learning Activities

Even if you have never heard about all the research showing the effectiveness of project-based learning, it’s not hard to figure out that it is a far more engaging way to learn than through traditional methods. What’s not to love about engaging with a real-life problem or question and applying content knowledge and connections to various disciplines to solve it?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few great ones to get you started.

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Using Digital Storytelling to Amplify your Students' Voices

Digital storytelling is a fantastic way to implement technology and digital literacy into the classroom. Plus, it teaches valuable skills in a way your students will love! According to Educause Learning Initiative, “Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component.”

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Since your students are already using social media, memes, and gifs in their daily lives to tell stories, it is the perfect time to teach students how to use digital storytelling in a meaningful way. Teachers can use digital storytelling to teach students the art of storytelling while allowing students to take ownership of their stories with their own voices. Here are all of the ways that you can use digital storytelling to amplify your student’s voices.

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How to Get Started Teaching Coding

I first learned about coding and computer science (CS) in college about 20 years ago. Looking back, not much has changed in the foundational concepts or core practices in CS. What has changed is who can teach it and where it can live in the curriculum—today educators in any subject can teach coding.

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Teaching Math with Technology: 8 Virtual Resources

Research shows that teachers can integrate technology to help students grasp mathematical procedures and develop advanced mathematical proficiencies. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) added that technological tools are necessary for engaging students. What types of technology can be implemented into mathematics classrooms? The following section offers several ideas that can help when teaching math to kids.

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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.

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

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What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

The world around us is getting “smarter.” Artificial intelligence (AI), data, and natural language processing have enabled Alexa, Siri, Pandora, Netflix, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Waze, and other platforms to become part of our lives. Both AI and robotics are projected to have a massive impact on the global economy. While anticipated improvements in GDP and efficiency are positive, some fear that jobs will be lost through automation. What will AI and robotics mean for higher education? Will automation affect colleges and universities?

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Computer Science in K-12 Classrooms Needs to Catch Up

It’s estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That’s 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K-12 classrooms have computer science programs. So what gives?

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Funding Education Innovation: 3 Ways To Get it Right

There’s no doubt that education innovation is a pressing issue in our country today. As societal needs continue to evolve, educational reform should follow in order to meet those needs. One of the most impactful ways to respond to the evolution of needs is education innovation, and there is a way to do it.

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Kids Learn Better When Playing with Robots

For many students, math and science have always been boring subjects, too bogged down with technical details to ever be fun or exciting. Teachers have long tried a variety of strategies to get students excited about STEM. It turns out, one of the best ways to get kids pumped about STEM is through the use of robots.

Robots are naturally fun and exciting for kids. When they think of robotics, they might think of their favorite cartoons or superheroes. Learning how they can actually build and use robots is a great way to incorporate STEM into the curriculum without losing students’ interest.

The use of robotics is on the rise in today’s world, and allowing students to play with robots and learn how they work can have huge benefits for them. Not only does it give them a head start in subjects like computer programming, math, and science, it can also spark an interest in careers students may have never considered before.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Early STEM Learning

The early introduction of STEM learning can be a crucial factor for the future accomplishments of new generations. Young children are ripe for the absorption of interesting and exciting information. However, STEM programs are not always present or inclusive within early childhood education. STEM Starts Early is a report, supported by the National Science Foundation, about the relevance and hurdles to including STEM in early childhood education programs. The report included five key ideas to strengthen early STEM learning.

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California State Parks Reaches Major Milestone in K-12 Digital Access

California State Parks is proud to announce it has connected more than 500,000 students to state parks via virtual field trips since 2004. The grassroots program known as Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS®) engages undeserved students by creating equitable digital access to state parks at no cost to schools, teachers or students.

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6 Ideas for Funding More STEM Programs in Education

Quality STEM education is necessary for molding the upcoming generation of scholars. This discipline influences virtually every industry. While jobs are abundant, they often go unfilled. 

Educators can combat this problem by teaching students the value of STEM. However, many of them encounter funding issues. Schools don't always have adequate budgets to support engineering and technology programs, especially when they require expensive tools.

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Educating students is difficult without monetary support. Schools are using creative ideas for funding STEM programs and paying teachers. If your institution needs new ideas on bringing in more money, read about the six ideas below. 

By Kayla Matthews 

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Why Computer Science Should Be a High School Graduation Requirement

Computing is an integral part of every aspect of our lives, from how we connect with each other to the way we do our jobs and get around. Computing is the number one source of all new wages in the U.S. economy and there are currently 500,000 open computing jobs across the country.

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Yet, according to a Code.org report, only 15 states require all high schools to offer computer science. Many parents, educators, and education institutions are calling for computer science to be a high school graduation requirement. As one commentator pointed out: Schools teach math to students regardless of whether they want to become mathematicians because it is foundational. The same is true of computer science. There are a number of benefits to taking computer science in high school.

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AI Curricula for K-12 Classrooms

Don’t assume it will be years before you need to worry about AI in the curriculum you teach. Artificial intelligence already has seeped into nearly every facet of our lives. It’s been permeating the fabric of our world, quite literally.

Wearable technology like smart yoga pants and running socks have taken fashion into the future with connected sensors that monitor body data and measure workout efficacy. We rely on smart surveillance, smart vehicles, and smartphones to get us through our days. Why wouldn’t we also use smart curricula?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that artificial intelligence already plays a role in many classrooms. Schools have been redesigning how students learn by embedding the first phase of AI into the grades K-12 curriculum.

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Boost Student Retention Rates

Tertiary institutions struggle with low retention rates. Only 40% of students complete a 4-year degree within 6 years at the same institution where they started their studies.

Student retention is a matter of great importance to institutions. For institutions that depend on tuition, low retention rates have serious financial consequences. That is apart from the huge negative implications for students should they opt not to continue their studies. Universities and colleges are under increasing pressure to retain students. Many states support tertiary institutions financially based on the number of students that graduates, not the number that enrolls.

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Classroom Projects for a Digital Age

Classroom learning today has left the age of flipping through textbooks to follow along with the teacher, at least not for every class lesson. Teachers today are taking advantage of the use of digital devices and media to expand learning opportunities beyond a pencil and paper assignment. And, assessment is no longer just a multiple choice test.

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Consider changing your usual assessment to one of these projects:

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10 Resources for EdTech Grants

Regardless of your specific position in education, you may find it necessary at one point in your career to pursue funding for educational technology. While education technology is primarily funded at the state and federal level, there are multitudes of local grants you can apply for as well. You should carefully consider all possible funding sources when searching for money to pay for your newest classroom innovation.

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How Coding Should be Taught To Kids

Parents and educators across the country understand the importance of teaching kids how to code. Not only can it help them learn valuable skills that they can use into their technology-driver future, but it also helps them learn to approach problems differently. But determining the best method for teaching a child to code isn’t always obvious.

In most cases, people agree that a traditional textbook approach is insufficient for subjects like coding. While the idiosyncrasies of the language can be introduced that way, it is difficult to assimilate the information until it is in use fully. But sticking children in front of a blank screen and having them write line after line, though functional, isn’t very inspiring or even interesting.

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If you want to capture the interest of young students while giving them access to a valuable skill set, then turning to games may be the ideal method.

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Robotics, The Next Big Thing in Higher Education?

Without a doubt, robotics is the next big thing in education. Like it or not, robots and robotics are the future. The sooner we accept robotics in schools and educate our children about robotics, the more prepared they will be for that future. At the moment, robotics is a reality at universities around the world, but imagine the possibilities if children entered those college programs already equipped with some robotic knowledge.

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In this article, we have listed some interesting stories from universities to prove that there is already quite an interest in robotics after high school.

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Why EdTech Companies Should Hire Educators

With the rise of new edtech companies, the competition to succeed in the industry grows each year. In 2016, the industry raised over 1 billion dollars. Staying ahead of the game and focusing on ways to outperform the competition is necessary for startups to stay alive. However, many companies are ignoring a valuable resource which they need for continued success. What is this untapped reservoir?

The answer you might not expect is teachers. Edtech companies often focus on technology development, testing, and integration. However, a significant number of them are doing so without the input of education professionals. What do traditional educators have to offer edtech companies? In short, a lot. Here are the most significant reasons edtech companies need to employ teachers.

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