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6 STEM Role Models for Girls

By Devin Partida

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There’s no denying that STEM fields lack diversity. For example, engineering and computer science, two of the most lucrative fields, remain male-dominated. According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), 21% of engineering college students and 19% of computer science majors are female.

Many organizations, colleges, and universities are trying to address these gaps through various educational measures. This comes at a time when emerging technologies are being widely used across multiple industries, and more women are needed to pursue these fields to meet job demand.

One study found that role-model intervention had positive and significant effects on female respondents. A study from The Lyda Hill Foundation & The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media reports that more women, especially Asian-American and Latinx women, have entered STEM fields since the late 1990s, but the statistics remain low.

Here are some female STEM professionals that can serve as role models.

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Misty Robotics was acquired by Furhat Robotics company and RobotLAB will continue supporting customers.

Furhat Robotics has acquired US-based social robotics company Misty Robotics. The acquisition also means that Furhat Robotics has now expanded operations to the US market. Both the Furhat and Misty robots will continue to be on the market (initially under different brands and websites), and over time during this year integrated under the same brand with a strong vision and the strength of a new team. 

The companies claim they are operating from a “unified vision”, and say that Furhat Robotics will continue to support the Misty Robotics brand, helping develop and expand the product range, as well as integrating Furhat and Misty features to enhance future social robots.

RobotLAB, as a platform-agnostic company is here to support our customers regardless of the ownership of the manufacturing company. Our commitment is to guide, troubleshoot and offer the last updates about Furhat and Misty!

The Furhat team suggests that its own product — a robot with a rear-projected animated face on it — is great for social robots that need to have an adult personality, such as airports, train stations, or medical applications. What Misty adds to the mix is something that is far more extensible, and can be more expressive with its little arms and facial expression. Nonetheless, the Furhat team explains that while the two robots look very different, they have a lot in common, as well.

 

Find the entire article  here

 

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Why Practical Application is Essential in Teaching STEM

By Dan Matthews

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Teaching in a STEM environment is tricky. No matter how hard you try, it always seems as though some students just can’t resonate with the learning material, or have had so many negative experiences with STEM in other classrooms that they’re unwilling to try due to fear of failure or embarrassment.

This is a problem for society, as well as teachers. Many of the social issues we face require STEM-oriented solutions, yet our education system consistently produces students who feel alienated from STEM subjects, and 52% of students report that it’s too difficult.

In reality, these students probably can achieve great things in STEM fields — they just didn’t connect with the subject matter at school. As a teacher, you can overcome this by foregrounding practical application in the classroom. This will help recapture the imagination of alienated or undermotivated students and will help lift the mood in the room.

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The Evolution of Robotic Dogs: Where Is Cyber Fido Headed Next?

By Sophie Isbell 

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Robots have been a point of fascination and study for centuries as researchers and inventors have sought to explore the potential for automated technology. While there’s a long history of the development and creation of autonomous machines, mobile, quadrupedal robots — or four-legged robotic dogs — have seen a significant boom in the last few decades.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Future of Education

By Pearl Holland

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Education is heavily reliant on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Schools have been forced to adapt or face the consequences.

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5 Learning Strategies That are Here to Stay

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Top 10 of 2021: The pandemic threw the educational environment into chaos, but 15 months into it, it’s becoming clear that some of the pivots are here to stay.

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Why Learn to Code? The Surprisingly Broad Benefits of Coding

By Hannah Meinke

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It wasn’t long ago that coding was seen by many as an odd hobby for geeks tinkering with computers in their basements. But over the past several years, coding has progressed from a hobby to a critical career skill. Even better for those hobbyists? Employers have shown a willingness to pay a premium for the work of employees with coding and programming ability.

Knowing this, you might be wondering if coding is something you should consider. But there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How long does it take to learn to code? Why should I learn to code? We asked professionals from a wide variety of careers to help answer your questions and share their thoughts on the benefits of learning to code. Whether you’re a marketer, a mom, a business owner, or just curious about the craft, we’re ready to convince you why coding is an important skill worth adding to your toolbox.

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7 Benefits of STEM Education

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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STEM education in the U.S. is increasing in popularity—more schools are implementing STEM learning into their curriculum and making it an integral part of what they teach. In this article, we will discuss the 7 benefits of STEM education.
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The Power in STEM Internships

By Dan Matthews 

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As students move into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) higher education, it’s important to understand their learning experiences need to be more diverse. STEM internships are a good tool in this regard. When students can make connections with industries, mentors, and practices this can boost the outcomes of their education in a variety of areas. As their course tutor, you have a role to play in facilitating and supporting these internships while they’re still at school.

We’re going to review why STEM internships can be a powerful tool, along with some of the ways you can help set your students on a positive path.

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Teaching Data Visualization to STEM Students

By Devin Partida

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There’s no denying that our world is becoming more data-driven, and trying to teach young students the importance of understanding critical information is more important than ever before.

Aside from building critical thinking skills, students can benefit from STEM topics (science, technology, math, and engineering), which rely heavily on data and analytics. Setting kids up for success early on in their academic careers is vital.

K-12 educators have their work cut out for them trying to teach their students about data visualization. Here’s why it’s important to teach young students and some tips for teachers who need to cover this in their classrooms.

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Are Robots a Real Threat to Teachers in the Future?

By Tiffany Harper

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

But according to reliable services, robots could make their entry into the educational domain too. And this is because the field of artificial intelligence is so deeply intertwined with that of robotics. Even though many educators and teachers do not see this as a plausible option, recent studies and technological advancements contradict this view. 

The more the technology is advancing, the greater support it can offer to teachers and educators around the world. But can robots be good teachers? One can’t help but admit that human touch is always needed in the relationship between teachers and students. But can robots come with this human touch? Can they be great teachers? 

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Importance Of Hands-On Experience During Academic Journey

By Stella Lincoln

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Why do companies mostly prefer experienced candidates over freshies? What do freshies lack that experienced candidates do not? This is what we call hands-on experience.

Education is not only about getting to know or having information about something. It's about experiencing a particular thing that you have learned. This is the reason universities and institutes often ask us to submit semester projects and final year projects so that we can practically apply what we have learned. Just like, e-learning is better than traditional learning, practical education is better than theoretical study.

In order to implement practical learning, the STEM education system is spreading all across the globe.

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Why All Students Must Be Given Equal Access to STEM Classes

By Dan Matthews

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Robust STEM education makes students more employable and equips them with the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. In addition, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that those working in STEM fields earn an annual median salary of $89,780 - that’s $49,760 more than those working in non-STEM fields.

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7 STEM Careers Kids Can Explore

By Rebecca Desfosse

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Is your child interested in exploring a STEM-related career? Check out these 7 career paths that involve science, technology, engineering, or math, and find one that suits your child's interests.

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7 Ways That Artificial Intelligence Helps Students Learn

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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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.

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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RobotLAB, America's Exclusive SoftBank Robotics Distributor, to Cover Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific

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RobotLAB Inc. the world's leading educational and business robotics integrator has entered an agreement with SoftBank Robotics to expand the distribution territory from the Americas to Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

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What Educators Should Know About Too-Good-To-Be-True Software Prices?

By Devin Partida

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If you're a K-12 educator, you know how crucial it is to budget appropriately for spending on class supplies, software, and instructional materials.

You likely need to spend money out of your pocket to account for classroom decor, office supplies like pens and pencils, and other things. Those transactions can add up, leaving you feeling overwhelmed when all you're trying to do is create a welcoming learning environment for your students.

While some schools offer some supplies to their teachers or have the funds to issue reimbursements, not every teacher is lucky enough to reap that benefit. It's only natural for you to try and find workarounds, such as downloading useful learning materials from the internet at a low cost. There are some technologies changing education that you simply cannot do without, and educational software is no exception.

You may want to take advantage of these cheap deals, but have you ever thought about the possible consequences of downloading software from an unknown source?

Let's explore what pirated software is, the consequences of downloading it, and how you can identify some of the warning signs to look out for when using cheap software.

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Create a Culture of Learning in Your Classroom

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Maybe you’ve witnessed a classroom where the focus on learning is intense.

A hum of excitement resonates in the air, and everyone, the teacher and students alike, goes about their work with a focused purpose. Everyone is engaged. The workflow is fluid. Routines are seamless. The students help each other succeed.

Maybe that classroom is yours.

If it’s not, it can be.

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Using Artificial Intelligence To Help Students With Learning Disabilities Learn

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Educators can have a challenging time adapting their teaching style to match every student, especially when there are students with learning disabilities in their classroom. A learning disability presents a unique obstacle to traditional teaching methods. It can be difficult in a contemporary classroom for teachers to give students the attention and instruction they really need. Now, they might be able to receive that instruction through the use of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is rapidly growing more useful by the day. Researchers are developing cognitive systems that can help to support those with disabilities in the unique ways that suit them. These AI programs may be able to present material in a fresh way that can help students to better understand independent of teacher instruction.

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How To Incorporate 3D Printing Into Any Lesson Plan.

By Matthew Lynch 

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Software developers and engineers and continuously working to provide schools and educational facilities with new technology. Various apps and tools, such as Pedagogue, have opened plenty of doors for modern-day education since their release. 

The 3D printer is yet another new tool that has made considerable advancements in the academic world. This technology can serve various uses in the classroom – for example, many teachers use the printer to make props for specific lessons. 

This article will discuss how teachers and other educators can incorporate 3D printing into any lesson plan. 

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Be VR Ready in 7 Steps – Back-to-school Preparation!

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Globally there are two types of teachers this time of year, the first is just getting into their summer holiday and enjoying their well-deserved time off, the second has back-to-school preparation at the front of their mind. Whether you’re preparing for a new class or just preparing your classroom, we’ve got 7 steps to make sure you’re prepped and ready to use your ClassVR headsets the first day back – whenever that may be! 

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Continuing Computer Sciences for Tomorrow’s Youth

By  Dan Matthews

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Modern advancements in technology and computer science have sparked some amazing societal advancements in the last decade. Among these many great leaps forward, the impact that new technologies have had on education is one of the most profound.

From providing easier access to information to accelerating aspects of the learning process—computer technologies are continually revolutionizing how students learn. This article will explore some examples of new educational technology in action, and provide some tips for teachers looking to integrate some of these advancements into their classrooms.

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Why It’s Important to Teach Troubleshooting

By Devin Partida

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STEM gets a bad rap. Popular media often typifies computer and math people as emotionless, overly logical, and lacking human warmth.

However, this stereotyped view misses the whole point of what STEM is for and how it operates. STEM courses prepare students to think creatively, develop their curiosity, and build solid troubleshooting skills that make them intelligent and well-rounded individuals.

As a teacher, you already know why you love your field. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to explain why. Here are eight ways STEM benefits students and equips them for real-world challenges.

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3 Reasons Virtual STEM is Here To Stay

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Virtual STEM offers engaging learning opportunities for students—opportunities that have proved essential during COVID.

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5 Reasons Why Coding is Important for Young Minds

By Patria

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As a Kindergarten STEM teacher, mom and grandparent, I am consistently empowering myself to keep up with the newest ways to engage my family and students with 21st Century concepts.  Recent research puts coding at the forefront of future careers. So, how do we learn and teach our children how to code, and why is this so important? More importantly, how young do we begin teaching our children?

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Why Robots are the Bridge for Remote Learning Gap

By Tiffany Harper

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning play an important role in promoting remote learning in this era where many institutions are going digital. The growing implementation of technology in education is creating a remote learning gap amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robots can be used to allow geographically dispersed people to participate in important meetings and events. They are helping students to remain connected to their teachers or fellow students to ensure learning continuity. This blog reveals why robots are the bridge to the remote learning gap. 

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4 Tips to Make Virtual Learning Fun for Students

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Virtual learning doesn’t have to be a headache—students can become engaged and absorb new information with a few key strategies.

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How To Use Virtual Reality To Motivate College Students

By Nancy Howard

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VR and AR technologies have been around for a while now and are being used in many different industries. One of the spheres to adopt Virtual Reality is education – and for the right reasons. Both in theory and in practice, VR has proven its worth in improving learning experiences in a number of ways.

Particularly, VR can be used to motivate college students and encourage them to become more engaged and successful learners. Yet, not every educator is well-acquainted with this type of tech, so here’s how to use virtual reality in the classroom to increase motivation.

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VR Expeditions 2.0 Helps Schools Recoup Investments in Lenovo Mirage Solo after Google Abandoned Daydream Platform

RobotLAB steps in after Google abandons popular virtual field trip application

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RobotLAB Inc. (RobotLAB) the leading educational robotics company, is coming to the rescue of educators and students left stranded when Google abandoned the Daydream platform and discontinued the Expeditions app that allowed educators to take students on virtual field trips using Lenovo Mirage Solo virtual reality (VR) headsets.

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Comparison of Pepper's OS versions

 

RobotLAB offers two versions of Pepper the robot: Pepper Premium and Pepper Premium+Nav. Learn the differences between the two versions, and educate yourself on the best Pepper for your use case!

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Tips for Increasing STEM Student Enrollment on Your Campus

By Maliha Safiullah

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Most schools rely on tuition fees and state support to run their business and pin their hope on getting a high number of enrollments all year round. In order to sustain fast-growing student enrollments, it is essential to retain previous pupils while inviting new students on board. Improved student enrollment strategies need a highly coordinated effort integrated with the latest digital approaches.

Here are seven highly regarded and helpful tips to boost STEM campus’s retention and enrollments:

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Using Robotics to Prepare Students For Their 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. 

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3 Must-have Classroom Tech Innovations–and How to Fund Them

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Classroom technology is an essential part of learning--here's how to find the tools and the funding to implement it in your school

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Sparking Curiosity About STEM

By  Alessandra King

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

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How Can Virtual Reality Help with Choosing a Future Career?

By Nancy Howard

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Virtual reality is a relatively new technology that is already widely used in various industries. Engineering, design, and entertainment spheres are among them along with the educational and training activities. This technology also helps to follow a virtual reality career path by acquiring jobs in VR related to programming, design, or content creation.

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6 Tips for Mentoring STEM Students

By Devin Partida

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Mentoring any student can be a challenge, even for the most experienced and well-rounded educators.

When you think about the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM, it may seem intimidating to lead by example for young, impressionable students. However, it’s an investment that’s worth considering when educating students about STEM topics.

Unfortunately, many STEM professionals never receive formal training on mentorship, but there are plenty of benefits to reap for both the mentor and mentee.

In addition, you’re probably aware of the racial and gender disparities between students. We need solid mentorship programs in K-12 schools to overcome these disparities, encourage all types of students to pursue STEM-related careers, and help them achieve their potential.

Let’s go over six tips that can help you mentor your STEM students to the best of your ability.

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Robots for the Classroom | Increasing Classroom Success

By MOVIA Robotics

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For nearly 50 years, educators and robotics professionals have known that robots help kids with special needs learn. As our Founder and Chief Scientist, Tim Gifford has been quoted saying, “As far back as the 1970s, research has shown that children with special needs respond well to robots and that their interactions are effective.” 

This is especially true for children with autism. With an increase in autism awareness and understanding, more children in the United States than ever before are being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 54 kids in the United States has been diagnosed with autism.

Why Use Robots?

There are many reasons why Robot-Assisted Instruction (RAI) helps children with autism learn and succeed in school and life.

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NAO Robot: Unique Personal Teaching Assistant

By MOVIA Robotics

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In 2008, SoftBank Robotics released a revolutionary humanoid robot with an unusual

talent; it can teach students. SoftBank developed NAO as a programmable, personal teaching assistant for enhanced learning engagement. Far from being limited in scope, the NAO is capable of helping students of all ages and abilities. Let’s find out more about NAO and what makes it unique compared to other robots.

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What Are The Benefits Of Robotics In Education

By Wonderful Engineering

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With the improvement in technology, many areas of our lives have changed. Robotics is essential in education as it comes with many advantages.

Students learn new skills and develop their knowledge. It helps students improve their attention, design, and teamwork skills. It brings students together to do something fun and worthwhile. Here are the main benefits of robotics in education.

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The Future Still Lies in Coding

By  MATTHEW LYNCH

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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 upcoding. 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.

Bootcamps can be expensive, but they are intensive. Participants learn as much as possible in three to six months, securing employment as a coder soon after that. Academies, on the other hand, tend to be more flexible. They offer coding training at all levels, and students create code in maker spaces.

Coding appeals to children of all ages. Not only are there plenty of outstanding apps with which to teach coding, but there are also schools focused intensely on learning how to code.

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5 Ways to Get Girls into STEM

By Karen D. Purcell, P.E.

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As a society, we learn about the world and advance our well-being through science and engineering. The United States may be known around the world for its higher education, but compared to many other leading and steadily emerging countries, we lack a strong focus on educating scientists and engineers. One significant reason that we have fallen behind is that we do not encourage our female students to pursue career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

This needs to change, as the lack of women in STEM will continue to plague our country until all students, regardless of sex, have adequate opportunities to explore math and science throughout elementary, middle, and high school. If we want to attract the best and brightest minds into the fields that will move us forward, we must look to all of the population. More women can contribute to our field, and we can help make that happen. Below are a few strategies for how we can help.

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Can Robotics Teach Problem Solving to Students?

By MATTHEW LYNCH The Edvocate

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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 to 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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How to Ensure Classroom Air Safety During COVID-19

By Steve Daniel, President, UV Health Group.

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Comparing the efficacy and value of HVAC, HEPA, and UVC systems is a good place to start when analyzing classroom air safety as in-person learning resumes.

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STEM, Automation, and Sustainability: Helping Create a Better Tomorrow

By Dan Matthews

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As global temperatures continue to rise and inclement weather events increase in frequency, the effects of climate change are readily apparent. But there’s good news in the realm of climate change: The global call for sustainable solutions has risen alongside the issue, and young people are leading the charge.

Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg is, of course, the most well-known of these young activists. And while Thunberg has had to deal with her fair share of criticism and haters since first speaking out in 2018, the young woman also has plenty of support from — peers, family members, and educators alike. For Thunberg, private school education catalyzed her activism, and her teachers did their best to encourage her interest in STEM.

Education and awareness of the harsh realities of climate change, as well as technological advancements in sustainability, may serve a similar purpose for students around the world. Beginning in primary school, a STEM-focused educational model helps to lay the foundation necessary for students to take their skill sets into the future and create a better, more sustainable tomorrow. Students who are passionate about sustainability may ultimately choose a career path in which they can make a real difference.

Here’s what you need to know about facilitating an interest in STEM among students of all ages, and how technological advancements in automation, waste reduction, and more fit into the overall picture.

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How To Use AI To Improve Your Online Lessons

By Nancy P. Howard

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Artificial Intelligence has played an important role in the development of a variety of industries. In fact, it has probably had an impact on any industry you can think of. Examples of new tech such as Pepper Robot which can teach Science, Programming, and Robotics prove just how many opportunities AI opens for educators specifically.

Indeed, there are many ways you can use AI to improve education, especially when it comes to e-learning. Hence, here’s how to use AI to improve your online lessons and how these practices will allow you to deliver better learning experiences to your students.

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Here’s Why Digital Math Tools Are a Must-Have

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Education technology is a must, in the classroom and beyond--and digital math tools are an integral part of an ed-tech toolbox.

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Service And Delivery Robots to Aid the Labor Shortages. Bring Automation to Help!

 

We all heard about the labor shortages that are affecting every aspect of our country in our economy, especially when it comes to the service, food, and hospitality industries. 

Without enough employees,  companies will only be able to complete a limited number of projects, robots are essentially not replacing individuals, not replacing employees, they are here to augment the people that are working. They are here to automate the mundane tasks that humans should not do! Check the video below and learn how. 

 

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VR Expeditions 2.0 won the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence Back To School for Primary and Secondary Education!

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RobotLAB is excited to announce that VR Expeditions 2.0 received the Awards of Excellence Back to School for Primary and Secondary Education by Tech&Learning.

RobotLAB VR Expeditions 2.0™ is inspired by the great work Google did, and following feedback from thousands of educators, RobotLAB created a VR tool tailored to educators’ needs. 

In the past four years, RobotLAB was the leading partner for Google Expeditions and the only one certified to ship Google Expeditions Kits globally. Following Google’s decision to stop their VR efforts, discontinuing Google DayDream and the Google Expeditions app, RobotLAB decided to take advantage of this opportunity and introduce VR Expeditions 2.0TM.  

Some of the areas of improvement are:

Content – A unique partnership with Encyclopædia Britannica® to bring high-quality, curated, and tailored content, along with student hand-outs and additional teacher resources that make educators' life easier.brand-encyclopaedia-britannica

Visuals – In Expeditions 2.0™, all the 360-degrees photos and videos are high definition, 4k resolution, and designed to bring the best of the world to your classroom, in HD quality.

Classroom Management – A new feature was developed from the ground up. Now teachers can create playlists and save expeditions for offline teaching, without any need for internet access. Create classes and track the progress per class is an essential tool for educators struggling to manage their time more efficiently.

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How Robots Can Help and Simplify Processes on Education

By David Walker

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Robotization allows people to more efficiently perform routine tasks. Rapid technological changes that we had in the last decade must increase the range of automated systems’ possibilities. This cannot but affect the student’s curriculum. Most countries, such as the USA, Korea, China, Turkey, are increasingly investing in STEM. This is the right strategy because innovation is everywhere around us.

Robotic systems are becoming more common every year. Such machines are useful for people of different specialties and students. So we decide to find out how advanced systems can affect the quality of education. This is an important issue for business leaders, students, and teachers who will need to improve their lectures.

There are thousands of enthusiasts who are confident that the time has come for AI systems. But that's not so clear considering the hardware costs. Of course, most students can use programmed robots in computer science lessons or during coaching. 

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Back to school 2021/2022: predictions and expectations

By Acer Education

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A new academic year is beginning soon. While the global pandemic seems to have become more manageable at the time of writing, this back-to-school season won’t certainly be like any other. Let’s take a closer look at some predictions, expectations, and considerations for the 2021/2022 school year.

With almost two years in a row of unusual learning, this Autumn will probably feel like a breath of fresh air. All things considered, teachers, students, and administrators will most likely get familiar with a new normal rather than returning to a long-awaited back to normal. And this doesn’t necessarily mean bad news.

Technology has surely allowed schools and teachers to overcome several challenges of the remote learning scenario. Plus, it has proven to be particularly effective in supporting students during such a challenging period. The demand for digital classrooms significantly increased in the past year, setting in motion a major revolution in the educational landscape. The “age of remote learning” taught us several valuable lessons we mustn’t forget as we approach the new academic year. 

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3 Ways STEM Learning Supports the Future of Work

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Learn how educators are using STEM learning to frame their classrooms around student success now—and in the future.

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AI Role in E-Learning Applications

By Ibrahim Ismail

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Many definitions defined artificial intelligence since the theory of AI comes on the surface. However, it keeps changing with time, but the definitions are generally used to describe AI. Likewise, AI is a study of developing intelligent systems and machines. Moreover, the devices can work and behave like humans. There are plenty of machines that have been designed in an approach of AI. There are two types of AI weak AI, and the other one is strong AI.

Firstly, let's discuss weak AI, which is also known as narrow AI. It's an intelligence that performs some specific task. It allows building some special applications. Some applications have been developed in weak AI logic, For instance, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa.

Secondly, strong AI or you can call it artificial superintelligence. It promotes the idea of a machine to perform equal to the human. Similarly, this machine is equipped with self-aware consciousness, which can think, behave, and resolve issues like humans, such as science fiction, the superhuman, or a supercomputer.

Moreover, AI also refers to terms like Machine learning and Deep learning, but they are not the same. Meanwhile, ML is a subdivision of AI and DL is a sub-region of ML. ML is the most familiar type of AI. The essential use of ML is to transfer data quickly.

Similarly, mobile application development for e-learning is a path of the future that keeps evolving. Every mobile application development company is keen on learning AI and including it in their app developing strategy.

Meanwhile, AI can be learning as a machine that has a consciousness and problem-solving sense resemble approaches like humans. These attributes make it separate from other devices.

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Ensuring That All Students Can See Themselves in STEM

By Marianna Ruggerio

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

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3 Ways to Build Better Edtech Processes for Teaching and Learning

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Burnout in the education system highlights the importance of technology integration to improve edtech processes.

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Two Ways Using Educational Robotics In Schools Saves Teachers Time For Creative Work

By Amanda Dudley

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As a teacher, what would you give to have a few extra hours in your workweek for yourself? A few extra hours during which you can put your feet up and complete that novel you've been working on for months.

This sounds like a dream that may never come true unless you discover a magical lamp with a genie trapped inside it. Nevertheless, thanks to technology, this dream is gradually coming to life.

In today's world, educational robots are a phenomenon that's rapidly infiltrating the educational system. More and more teachers are integrating robotics into STEM classes and even art lessons, making the learning process more seamless and fun.

However, this educational revolution offers other benefits for overworked teachers. Recent studies have shown that robotics in education can help teachers save time, and we'll show you how in a bit.

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Is Google Arts and Culture a Good Replacement for Google Expeditions?

Since Google Expeditions was discontinued on June 30, 2021, Google redirects everyone to use the Google Arts and Culture app and presents it as a replacement for Expeditions.

Google listed a lot of content from all around the world in the app, but is it a good solution for in-class virtual reality field trips?

 

Google Arts and Culture app include many of the experiences that were available on Google Expeditions. However, we at RobotLAB tried and tested the app and there are major differences and issues we wanted you to be aware of.

Our teacher partners have shared with us their thoughts on Google's alternative, and they all mainly agree:

Google Arts and Culture is a great source for content, but NOT suitable for in-class virtual field trips.

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How to Teach 3D Printing in Distance-Learning Classrooms

By Devin Partida

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As 3D printing technology continues to develop, it’s no surprise that more educational institutions are teaching students how to use it to their advantage.

3D printing is found in various career fields, so introducing children to it at a young age can help them identify what they’d be interested in doing as they grow older. Educators must be trained and informed about this technology to pass their knowledge on to generations that will eventually make up the workforce.

As the pandemic continues to impact all facets of our lives, some K-12 schools are adopting hybrid learning models — where students participate both in-person and online. Many educators had to learn new technologies to accommodate this change and adapt to new learning platforms.

3D printing is a growing technology with various applications that will likely become commonplace in educational institutions. One of its significant benefits is the ability to create models using remote software.

For example, if a student creates a model on their home computer, it can be sent to the school for the final printing phase. Teachers can then provide feedback in-person, through email, or on a learning platform, like Moodle or Blackboard.

You may be wondering how to teach students about 3D printing outside the classroom. Here are some alternative methods and how you can assist students with this new academic topic.

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STEAM & EdTech: The Perfect Match for Cross-Curricular Classroom Activities

By Acer Education

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STEAM learning is arguably the most effective approach to prepare young students for the demands of the future. It represents a turning point in education because it creates a bridge between subjects that were traditionally studied separately, and EdTech is the perfect enabler to project cross-curricular classroom activities.

Creativity, innovation, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving are only a few of the key soft skills that STEAM can foster.

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RobotLAB is SoftBank's Master Distributor of Pepper and NAO robots in the USA/Canada


 

In our continuous efforts to keep you informed about the progress of SoftBank Robotics restructuring, we would like to provide you with the latest information.

As some articles are potentially creating confusion for you, we would like to share with you facts to clarify the situation and the future of our robots.

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How AI Technologies Support School Safety

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Technology has advanced to the point where many tools, including AI technologies, can alert educators of danger before a disaster occurs.

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5 Reasons to Set Up a Coding Program in your District

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Here’s how one Washington district has made coding a priority, even during the pandemic shutdown

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Education

By Elana Lyn Gross 

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Educators are using AI tools to assess students' skills and weaknesses, and students are benefiting from peer-to-peer learning and customized study guides. Here's a closer look at how some companies are developing artificial intelligence programs to improve education.

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How the 4 Cs prepare students for the real world

By Sandra Love

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The 4 Cs are more than skills taught in school--they'll stick with students throughout their academic, professional, and personal growth.

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How is technology impacting literacy?

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Literacy education is evolving to meet the needs of modern society--but the basics of picking up a physical book remain important

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Teachers, bring to life storytelling in your classroom with Pepper and NAO robots!

When we couple the storytelling concept along with their innate nature, it is clear to understand how utilizing both Pepper and NAO as a storyteller is an essential role for these social robots.

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6 Major Companies Supporting STEM Learning Programs

By Devin Partida

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A growing digital economy is bolstering demand for occupations in science, technology, engineering, and math. This growth will add more than half a million new computer jobs over the next eight years. However, a shortage of STEM professionals means many of these positions may remain empty.

That’s why education has quickly become a front-and-center issue for talent-hungry corporations. To encourage more interest in STEM fields, major companies are supporting learning programs by offering grants, resources, and new opportunities to the next generation of innovators.

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10 Exciting Courses That Future STEM Students Should Look Into

By Andi Croft

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So you have probably heard about STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

These fields pay special attention to critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation. As such, STEM makes a fast-growing industry.

For one, there is an increasing demand for scientific and technological innovations. More so in today's knowledge-based economies. That said, the need for a STEM-based education has also become higher.

This is why there is a growing number of educational institutions that offer STEM-related courses. And while it can be challenging to learn, there are engaging STEM curriculum and learning strategies you can do.

In this post, we have listed ten exciting STEM-related courses you can check out and what you should expect.

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5 Main Roles Of Artificial Intelligence In Education

By Lisa Plitnichenko 

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The global adoption of technology in education is transforming the way we teach and learn. Artificial Intelligence is one of the disruptive techniques to customize the experience of different learning groups, teachers, and tutors.

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How to Get your Educators Excited About Using EdTech

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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The pandemic has taken a toll on all our institutions, and schools aren’t exempt. School leaders know that schools are closed, but teaching must go on, and; learning must go on.

Schools have moved to online learning. Educators are working from home, delivering classes to learners over the video, preparing lesson plans, collaborating with other educators, amongst many other tasks. Educators are working harder and longer, and many are exploring the edtech at their disposal. It is a big change that requires school leaders to manage their educators’ motivation to prevent loss in productivity and burn-out.

Here are a few strategies to make sure your educators remain motivated and online schooling continues smoothly.

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Summer break checklist for teachers: 5 ideas and tips

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It has been a very long and challenging two-year period for schools all around the world. And if you are a teacher, you probably can relate. But you made it through and now you can finally relax

You are probably asking what’s next when school starts again for the 2021/2022 academic year. Even though the global scenario is slowly getting back to normal for most countries, uncertainty is still there. One thing is for sure: you need to recharge your batteries and get in the right mindset. Grab your notebook, we have made up a list of 5 ideas and tips to help you create your own Summer break checklist! 

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How Important Is Technology in Nowadays’ Education

By Ryan Pell

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Growing up, most of us had a teacher who refused to implement technology in the lessons. They had their trusty old textbook and thought that everything that’s written there would remain true through the ages.

However, that’s not how education works. It evolves rapidly, thanks to technology for the most part. According to Promethean, the focus on boosting student engagement with tech has increased by 29%. And yet, the implementation of EdTech is the priority for only 39% of U.S. schools.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the role technology plays in today’s education and why more schools should give it a priority.

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Pepper Robot Debut a Small/Medium Business Version

This affordable package allows small businesses struggling with labor shortages to automate their customer service and user experience.

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How To Prepare Students For The Jobs of The Future

By  Joe Lombardi

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Educating today's students for tomorrow's nonexistent jobs can be a challenge--one educators should be prepared to meet.

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Google Expeditions Is Gone, Now What?

The long-time Educator's favorite app, Google Expeditions, was discontinued today. A replacement app is available now for educators: VR EXPEDITIONS 2.0 from RobotLAB Inc.

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5 Ways to Boost Student Engagement with STEM Learning Strategies

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These student engagement strategies can help educators create authentic learning experiences for all students using digital tools.

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How Learning Is Improving With Digital Transformation

By Shannon Flynn

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The digital transformation of the economy has impacted every industry. Some of the most significant changes from that transformation have been in education.

New digital developments like remote learning, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) all have the potential to radically transform how education is delivered and experienced.

Educators and EdTech developers are working to apply these innovations to the industry. Some of their experiments have already had a major impact on classrooms around the world.

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How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM

By Youki Terada
 
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If we want to close the gender gap in science, we need to look at the invisible forces that shape classroom culture.

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Turn To Coding And Robotics If You Want Your Students To Posses a Growth Mindset

 
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Diligence, a curious spirit, and perseverance are qualities we desire to see in our students. These traits are elements of the “growth mindset.” Teaching students coding presents one of the best opportunities to develop and nurture kids’ growth mindset in the school setting. This article shows five scenarios to support this position.

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Setting Students Up for Careers in Computer Science

By Dan Matthews

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Discussing careers with students can be challenging. After all, a lot of weight is often placed upon the subject. As a teacher, you're expected to provide insights into potential careers that empower students to thrive beyond school.

In this regard, computer science can be a great area of discussion and exploration. It has increasing relevance in the current digital landscape. There is also a growing number of professions it can be applied to. These factors, among others, can make it an important consideration. Indeed, it is part of the reason that it is imperative to teach computer science in schools. Yet, it has something of a dry reputation. Students who may not be inclined toward the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects run the risk of missing out on careers that enrich their adult lives.

So, how can you best go about setting students up for careers in computer science? Let’s take a closer look at some areas of consideration.

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3 reasons virtual STEM is here to stay

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Virtual STEM offers engaging learning opportunities for students—opportunities that have proved essential during COVID.

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Student Robotics and the K-12 Curriculum

By Mark Gura

Having been involved with student robotics programs for many years, I feel that robotics just may be the most perfect instructional approach currently available. It offers classroom activities that teach high-value STEM content as well as opportunities to powerfully address ELA Common Core Standards. In fact, there are connections to robotics across the full spectrum of the curriculum. Robotics is also a highly effective way to foster essential work skills like collaboration, problem-solving, and project management. It does all this while keeping kids so motivated and engaged than getting them to stop working and move on to the rest of the school day can be a challenge -- a good problem to have!

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SoftBank Robotics America and RobotLAB Announce Exclusive Channel Partnership to Offer Pepper and NAO in North America

RobotLAB will also distribute Whiz in select markets as part of the Whiz Partnership Program.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- June 17, 2021-- RobotLAB Inc., (RobotLAB) the leading robotics integrator, and SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) announced today that the humanoid robots Pepper and NAO are now exclusively available through RobotLAB in North America. The partnership also expands Pepper’s previous industry and STREAM education focus areas to a broader range of applications, and marks RobotLAB’s debut as one of SBRA’s Whiz Partners. 

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The 5 Best STEM Careers in Renewable Energy

By Devin Partida

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The world may move to only using renewable energy in the coming years. To make this transition, we must have a generation of problem solvers to help us reach a greener future.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has been growing in popularity in recent years. Some see this as a trending academic discipline that may pass, while others emphasize the role it will play in renewable energy. Educators and teachers can encourage students to pursue degrees in STEM and enter the renewables market.

In the first five months of 2020, over 25% of electricity in the country was powered by renewable sources. Students will significantly benefit from an early introduction to STEM, and the hope is that they will be able to land a job in their respective fields.

One common goal between many countries is to reach net-zero emissions before the next decade. Replacing traditional energy sources with new technologies will aid in achieving that goal as well as create well-paying jobs for individuals. We need individuals with a STEM background to help us reach this critical goal.

Let’s explore some possible careers that students with STEM backgrounds could potentially enter.

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Unlocking the Code for Robotics in the Classroom

By  Julia L. Dweck

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

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5 ways to boost student engagement with STEM learning strategies

These student engagement strategies can help educators create authentic learning experiences for all students using digital tools.

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Yes, Please! Getting Your Principal to Approve Your Proposal

By  Taylor Kremer

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Teachers are always searching for new products and programs to help their students achieve more. However, new materials come with a cost and teachers need approval from their principals in order to move forward. Here are simple tips for getting your principal to say yes.

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How to Use Robots to Assist Teachers and Improve Student Learning?

By Tiffany Harper

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Technology has evolved tremendously during the last few years. Even though this progress might have been slowed down by the global pandemic that started last year, developers do not miss the opportunity to do this now. As the coronavirus pandemic made many people more aware of the impact of their behavior and habits on the world, environment, and people, the field of technology is developing even more nowadays. Technology is a general term used for naming the things that are related to computers, robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning, networking, servers, and many more. Technology is not represented only by your smartphone or laptop. Technology is present in our everyday lives more than we are even aware of.

Becoming aware of the impact of technology is step humanity has to make. But becoming aware of the impact technological advancements could have on our lives is something we still have to work on. Technology has been very important for the field of education, especially during the last year. As people had to spend more time inside, colleges and universities have shifted to online learning. Which was a challenge itself, both for students and teachers. However, the future is bright and robots might begin to be used by teachers in classrooms. Why?

Because robots could assist teachers and improve student learning in classrooms, making the job of teachers even easier. Using a robot in the classroom is a nice thing to do, especially at the beginning when many would be reluctant to do this. But as essay writers on technology topics say, robots could indeed make teaching and learning more efficient and successful. How? Find out below.

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How the Edtech Industry Can Help get Education Back on Track

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With an eye on professional development and high-quality instruction, the Edtech industry plays a vital role in post-pandemic education. 

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Bringing Students Together in Math Class

By Sandy Vorensky

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For math teachers who will have students learning at home next year, fostering a feeling of community will be as important as building skills. 

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11 Resources To Avoid the Summer Slide

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Learning loss is a big worry among educators, but these activities offer fun learning experiences to keep the summer slide at bay. 

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Reasons to study Robotics

By Anna Johnson 

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Robotics is more than a science. It mixes some of the most complex math with programming, art, and engineering. The combination may make the discipline tough for some people but with a professional dissertation writer by your side, you are sure to ace even the toughest units in robotics.

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Tips for Preparing High Schoolers for Careers in STEM

By Dan Matthews

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School is such an important formative experience for everyone. It helps to guide us toward our interests, develops our social foundations, and is instrumental in shaping our understanding of both who we are and who we want to become. For some students, this is the time that they develop their interest and enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

However, as they reach high school, there is often a shift in educational intentions. The responsibilities of teachers shift from simply providing insights into these subjects, to actively helping to put students into a position where they can prepare for a STEM career. This isn’t always easy, particularly in schools where a lack of adequate funding results in less access to STEM materials and fewer opportunities to engage meaningfully with the subjects.  

So, what can you as a teacher do to best prepare high schoolers for a STEM career path? Let’s examine some of the tactics, tools, and ideas you can utilize.

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7 Main Roles of Artificial Intelligence In Education

By Tiffany Harper

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We believe that AI is an extension of humanity and a pointer to how AI can help us achieve more by doing less. AI is humankind’s ultimate invention, and it is the intelligent machine that can think without the limitations of a human being. It is the evolution of man. What was a figment of man’s imagination has become part of man’s reality, and it has set its sights on improving education.

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5 Tips for Creating a Successful Math Intervention Initiative

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Encouraging staff collaboration and consistent monitoring can help your district build an effective math intervention program.

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VR Expeditions 2.0 is now officially released to the public!

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San Francisco, May 24th, 2021, - RobotLAB Inc., the leading educational robotics company, announced today the release of VR EXPEDITIONS 2.0 to the public. The company created the virtual field trip app in partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica and 360 cities. 

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How to Get Educators Excited About Using EdTech

By Youki Terada

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The pandemic has taken a toll on all our institutions, and schools aren’t exempt. School leaders know that schools are closed, but teaching must go on, and; learning must go on.

Schools have moved to online learning. Educators are working from home, delivering classes to learners over the video, preparing lesson plans, collaborating with other educators, amongst many other tasks. Educators are working harder and longer, and many are exploring the edtech at their disposal. It is a big change that requires school leaders to manage their educators’ motivation to prevent loss in productivity and burn-out.

Here are a few strategies to make sure your educators remain motivated and online schooling continues smoothly.

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How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM

By Youki Terada

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If we want to close the gender gap in science, we need to look at the invisible forces that shape classroom culture.

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6 Ways to Introduce Students to App Development

By Devin Partida

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Learning how to code your own apps can prepare you for a future career in software development. It also teaches students a lot about mathematics, logic, and the technology they encounter on a daily basis.

This is why a growing number of STEM educators are finding ways to teach students of all ages more about coding and computer science.

However, introducing STEM students to the basics of app development can be a daunting task — especially when students have little or no experience with computer science and mathematics.

Educators have developed these six techniques and projects as ways to introduce students to app and software development.

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RobotLAB won a 5 years contract with TIPS!

RobotLAB is proud to announce that TIPS  has awarded us a five-year contract number 210101 As of May 14th, 2021. We are on their contractors' list, which provides discounted products to schools! The contract is for five years, ending in May 2026. 

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5 great things the pandemic revealed about schools

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After a rollercoaster year, schools are slowly reopening—and keeping with them some of the surprising positives that emerged from COVID.

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Teaching a Love of STEM to Disabled and Neurodivergent Students

By Dan Matthews 

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We live in an increasingly technologically enhanced society. As a result, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects have become priorities in schools. However, it remains too often the case that these subjects are taught in public schools from a neurotypical perspective.

Many parents, teachers, and communities have found that school system administrators are not providing the flexibility, guidance, educational technology, and support for students experiencing disabilities or neurodivergent traits to thrive in STEM. This is not only frustrating and ethically unsound but can present significant hurdles to students who could discover a deep passion for these fields and become innovative contributors.

Let’s take a closer look at how educators can better imbue their neurodivergent and disabled students with a love of STEM.

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How Online Learning can Improve Your Teaching

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Online learning is becoming more and more popular because of its convenience. However, there are also various other benefits of this form of education. It can even be used to improve the teaching style of educators

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The Power of STEM and Its Influence on Remote Learning

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STEM has become one of the most used buzzwords in the K-12 education space. On the highest level, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and refers to a curriculum where these four focuses are applied to all facets of a district or school’s curriculum.

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Why AI is the future of Socratic learning methods

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AI plays a unique role in helping to facilitate engaging learning methods that teach students through experience and critical thinking.

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Teaching Empathy through technology

By Acer Education

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Empathy is a key element of Emotional Intelligence. Emotionally Intelligent people are able to manage and control their own emotions. Besides that, empathetic people pay attention not only to what they are feeling but also they can perceive someone’s thoughts and feelings.

Nowadays, empathy is one of the most important soft skills in the workplace and everyday life. An empathetic leadership style can have a positive impact on productivity, performance, and collaboration. 

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10 Benefits Of Project-Based Learning

By Tina Shaffer 

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Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful teaching method that has extensive benefits for students, ranging from critical thinking to project management to self-confidence. According to research conducted by The Autodesk Foundation, studies have shown that project-based learning is linked to significant improvements in student test scores, attendance, and classroom engagement. It also gives teachers the opportunity to build stronger relationships with their students by acting as their hands-on learning facilitator. In essence, PBL is an instructional method where students collaborate with others and “learn by doing.” The same skills learned through PBL are also many of the skills sought by employers.

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10 Ways Drones Are Being Used In The Classroom

By Jess Brown

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A new report from Samsung’s Alternative Careers Guide, released last week, found that 16-to-18-year-olds are no longer interested in traditional jobs such as becoming an accountant, teacher, or lawyer, but were more interested in digital roles – with a drone operator being amongst the top ten most popular dream careers. This may be due to the fact that over the last year it has become increasingly common for teachers to utilize interactive learning tools such as drones within the classroom.

By welcoming drones into the classroom, teachers have a new way of making learning more fun and interactive for children, whilst also providing them with the opportunity to learn about technology that they may wish to base their future career on. Below we have listed 10 ways drones are being utilized by teachers across the world.

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Three Key Points For schools opening in-person.

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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Businesses all over the world are slowly beginning to reopen, but schools and educational institutions face special challenges during this time period. Schools need to carefully plan their reopening strategy before restarting any in-person classes or programs. Here are three key points every school should consider:

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How to choose a STEM platform to support hybrid learning

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An educator offers valuable insight on picking a STEM platform and technology provider that can withstand the rigors of today’s unique learning.

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Ways Big Data Is Transforming the Education Sector

By Daniel Wanderson

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When it comes to big data, most people assume it works only for businesses. But big data is equally beneficial to the education section in so many ways. It offers educational institutions and educators opportunities to educate students in new ways. 

With big data, schools and teachers get better insight into students’ education experiences. It also makes it easy to understand the state of the education sector amid other benefits. This article takes an in-depth look at the ways big data is transforming the education sector.

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How To Integrate Virtual Tours To Your Online Lessons

By Theresa Cofield 

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Online education is the new challenge of the modern world. How can teachers keep students interested in lessons and the material? Virtual tours are the new ad effective way to provide it.

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Breakout rooms in remote learning: best practices and tips

By Acer Education

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The massive shift to virtual learning has surely changed the way educators teach, but also the way students interact in the classroom. After going through several approaches to keep your class engaged, from gamification to flipped learning, let’s take a look at the best practices and tips to get the most out of breakout rooms in remote learning.

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Creating Opportunities for Project-Based Learning in Math

By Kristen Moore

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Rigorous PBL units in middle and high school math answer the age-old student question: “When am I ever going to need this?”

Taking the plunge into project-based learning can seem difficult in an age when standardized testing seems to reign supreme as an indicator of achievement in secondary classrooms. But the pathway to project-based learning doesn’t have to be scary for secondary math teachers. Utilizing your own expertise and curriculum materials, you can create projects that are real, relevant, and rigorous, and that answers the age-old question, “When am I ever going to need this?”

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Benefits Of Virtual And Augmented Reality For Pre School Education

By Eric Brown

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The new technology has brought a lot of developments in the world. One of the developments is the use of virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment with scenes that makes users feel immersed in that surrounding. One of the perfect examples of Virtual reality is video games. Virtual video games have made CSGO betting for example, even more, popular and fun.

Physical learning is an effective way for young children to get knowledge. However, technology also plays a significant role in the development of young children. Virtual reality can alter behaviors, patterns, attitudes, and thoughts.

Virtual reality prepares children for a world that will be dominated by robots and AI. They will have the required experience to handle the technology that will come their way. Moreover, virtual reality also plays a role in enhancing the lives of children with special needs. It helps them gain the experience they need to know how to operate robots and other technology tools.

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Top Distance Learning Trends: Which Technologies are The Most Popular?

By Karl Murphy

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Online education is the no hao of the XXI century. Covid-19 has increased the popularity of online learning and teaching. How can teachers and educators overcome the changes using the modern learning trends?

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6 Ways to Encourage Learning Success in Virtual Classrooms

By Devin Partida

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Educators strive to make learning fun and interactive, but the pandemic made that more challenging. Instead of bonding with students in person and creating group activities, teachers have to think outside the box to keep young people interested in heavy material. Here are six ways to encourage learning success in virtual classrooms that focus on STEM subjects.

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Building Critical Thinkers by Combining STEM With History

By Ainissa Ramirez

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By asking students to explore the history of scientific discoveries, we get them to view their world with more wonder—and more skepticism—and condition their minds to think about causes and effects.

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How Robots Can Make Teachers' Job Easier

By Gregory Chapman

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Finding robots in the modern workplace and around the household is common. It assists humans with different tasks. The continuous growth of robotics technology, adaptability, and adoption in the modern world, will make more jobs easier.

Artificial intelligence-powered robots are already used for manufacturing, internet search engines, military combat, and rescue missions. They are taking a lot of human jobs lost to the pandemic at an alarming rate and will take more.

One sector that has largely not felt the threat of robots replacing humans is education. But there is a growing use of robots in educating kindergarten and elementary students. The question is, "When should teachers start feeling threatened by robotics in education"?

This article will take a cursory look at the pros and cons of robotics in education. And also how robots can make teachers' jobs easier.

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6 strategies for better K-12 cybersecurity

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

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Will Online STEM Classes Continue in the Future

By Luke Smith 

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

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

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

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7 predictions about fall back-to-school with COVID

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

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Two Ways to Bring Games Into Your Classroom

By Hubert Ham

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

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5 Ways To Transform How STEM Is Taught In Schools

By Fabricio Pamplona

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

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

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

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10 EdTech trending topics in higher education right now

By Acer Education

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

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IoT: future applications in K-12 and higher education

By Acer Education

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

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

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

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

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Google Expedition Replacement from RobotLAB

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

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How to use VR for engaging art lessons

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

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3 Ways to Assess Math Understanding More Deeply

By Edutopia

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

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5 Fun Education Grants and Contests for Schools

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

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Places to Find Simple Yet Actionable STEM Lesson Plans

By Devin Partida

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

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How to Use the 5Es in Remote Math Instruction

By Tracy Proffitt

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

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Hybrid Teaching Strategies for Elementary Classrooms

By Paula Díaz

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

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5 Tips for Inclusive STEM Learning Experiences

By Omar Shepherd.

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

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

By Acer Education

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

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

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5 Ways How VR Will Soon Impact Education Process

By Theresa Cofield

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

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

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

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Adaptive Behavior Skills for Kids with Special Needs

By MATTHEW LYNCH

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

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

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

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Teaching preschoolers to love STEAM

 

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

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Simple Hacks to Improve Online Assessment

By Meghan Laslocky

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

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Gamification in Education: Rewards and Improvement-based Learning

By Acer Education

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

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

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How STEM Learning has Evolved in COVID-19

By Lauren Groff 

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

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

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Can Humans Feel Empathy for Robots in Pain?

By Furhat Robotics

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

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5 Top Tips for Teaching Coding Remotely

By Jodie

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

Here are my top tips for teaching coding remotely.

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5 Ways to Introduce Students to Automation/Robotics

By Devin Partida

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

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

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