Jaime Donally, an ed tech consultant and FETC® featured speaker, says educators and students can collaborate, create and connect in these 360-degree environments
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Whether instruction is online or in person, the goal is to help increase student success.
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As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread, schools around the globe are shifting to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.
From a galaxy far, far away to a whole new world, you can bring a piece of Disneyland home even if you can’t go to the Anaheim theme park during the continuing coronavirus closure.
Let me begin by informing you that a college education is not a necessity. It’s just one of the options to choose in a long list which consists of several other great alternatives. Hence you could even strike it out from the list and you would still have choices that are good enough to ensure a comfortable life for you.
High-quality and engaging online learning programs have a number of common characteristics.
We know that schools are being challenged with finding ways to convert their class activity into online lessons and how to train teachers to do so, all to ensure the continuation of education for the students.
Recognizing the enormous impact this situation has on all schools, we at RobotLAB, wanted to inform you of the following unique proposal by Amazon and Engage EDU Lite (Powered by CoderZ):
Amazon Future Engineer is offering free online Virtual Robotics and Coding courses for any student or teacher affected by school closures due to COVID-19 in the US.
Students and teachers at primary schools, middle schools and high schools are invited to program their own virtual robots through the Engage EDU Lite platform.
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CoderZ is an online educational environment that improves students 21st century skills, while they are having fun programming their own virtual cyber robot. CoderZ and RobotLAB has different lessons to do at home! Check them out Here
“An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field.”—Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, is one of many advocates of computer science education in our country. Educators, technology experts, business leaders, and even celebrities support a new movement with a clear purpose: to teach children to read and write code.
“Coding is the new literacy. To thrive in tomorrow’s society, young people must learn to design, create and express themselves with digital technologies,” says Mitchel Resnick, a media arts and sciences professor at the MIT Media Lab.
Coding is so important because its impact extends far beyond simply creating software and websites.
It’s estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That’s 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K-12 schools have computer science programs.
So what gives?
Teaching robotics to elementary students can enhance sensory learning, improve socialization, provide opportunities for hands-on innovation, and raise the level of rigor.