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5 main benefits of STEAM Education

By Acer Education 

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

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

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

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

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Adapting an Effective Math Collaboration Activity for Distance Learning

By  Ashley Taplin

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

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The Best Ways to Start a Career in the Robotics Industry

By Serena Doerf

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

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

 

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How Teachers are Preparing for The Next school Year

By Acer Education

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

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

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

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How VR Can Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

BY  VR Direct

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Using Robotics To Prepare Students For the Future

BY MATTHEW LYNCH

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

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How Robots Can Help Your Small Business Compete

By Kurt Walker 

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There have been plenty of discussions about robots and artificial intelligence taking over people’s jobs for a long time now. However, there’s no denying that robots have significantly changed the game in many industries and have brought about rapid growth such that companies of different sizes (big, small, medium) and across various fields are looking to invest in the use of robots. It’s not hard to see why. Robots have proven from time to be indispensable to the growth of a business. It is especially crucial for small businesses as it helps to boost their productivity, efficiency, speed, and profitability.

Thankfully, manufacturers of robots are also looking to change the direction of their production. They have started considering changing their production and are looking to no focus on building robots for small businesses.

In case you didn’t know, here’s how this can help your small business.

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Is STEM Education Working Especially for Women?

By Barbara Mader

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

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How can Robotics bring STEM Learning to Life?

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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

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Why Fostering Creativity is so Important and How EdTech Can Help

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

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

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

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Robot Pepper Is Transforming These 3 Industries

By Shannon Flynn

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

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

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

 By Laura Fields 

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

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

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

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3 Ways Schools Are Reopening With the Help of Technology

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

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By Shannon Flynn

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The Most Valuable STEM Skills in an Automated World

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

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

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

By Devin Partida

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

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

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

By Nancy Howard. 

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

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

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

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

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

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Advantages and Challenges of AI in Education for Teachers and Schools

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

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How EdTech Boosts Parent Engagement in Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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Creating Online Clubs for Students During Remote Learning

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

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Helping Students with Autism Navigate a Socially Distanced Classroom

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

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Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

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

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A Vision for the Future of Virtual Reality in Education

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

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

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

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6 Questions to Improve Your Virtual Classroom

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

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7 Ways Artificial Intelligence Help Students Learn

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

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

 

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What Do Parents Think of Online Learning?

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

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How to Better Engage Students in Online Math Classes

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

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Tips for Teaching Robotics Remotely During COVID-19

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

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

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

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Blended Learning: How Parents can be Involved in the Move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Establishing Routines for Remote Learning

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

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How Will Ed-Tech Change After COVID-19?

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

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

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

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5 Reasons to Teach Students 3D-Tech Skills

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

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

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

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

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Health Care Use Case With Pepper Robot

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

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

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

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The pandemic classroom requires collaborative tech to thrive

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

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Key trends in K12 robotics education

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

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The Future Still Lies in Coding

Coding is enormous in education right now.

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

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Take this pandemic moment to improve education

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

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

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How teachers are preparing for the next school year

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

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

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

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A plan for teaching coding and robotics from home

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

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Embracing AI in The Education Sector

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

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

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

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

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

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10 trends and predictions for STEM education

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

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Online Classroom Management: 4 tips for teachers

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

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

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

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

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Keys to Success in Distance Learning

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

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

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

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

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Planning Lessons With the Student Experience in Mind

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

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The Importance of Edtech to Create an Inclusive Classroom

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

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

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How To Improve Remote Learning

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

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

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

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How the BLM Movement Can Spark More Diversity in STEM Programs

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

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

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How Technology Supports Relationships Between Teachers & Students

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

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

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How to Sanitize your EdTech Equipment.

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

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Making STEM More Engaging and Inclusive

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

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

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

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

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FREE Distance Learning Tool You Can Use NOW!

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

RobotLAB got you covered!

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

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

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FedEx is utilizing robotic arms to sort packages

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

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Overcoming Teacher's Fear of Technology

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

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

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How to Help Students Get Used to Masks

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

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

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

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A 2021 Definition of EdTech

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

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DOBOT Robotic Arm in the US

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

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Return to School During COVID-19

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

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3 Easy Steps to Using a Collaboration Technology Approach

No teacher can do it all.

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

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

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

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Science Intervention: Strategies To Help Students Catch Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Lessons From Online Learning to Take Back to the Classroom

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

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

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

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

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.

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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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