For decades, science fiction authors, futurists, and movie makers alike have been predicting the amazing (and sometimes catastrophic) changes that will arise with the advent of widespread artificial intelligence.
So far, AI hasn’t made any such crazy waves, and in many ways has quietly become ubiquitous in numerous aspects of our daily lives. From the intelligent sensors that help us take perfect pictures, to the automatic parking features in cars, to the sometimes frustrating personal assistants in smartphones, artificial intelligence of one kind of another is all around us, all the time.
Whether you include it in your instruction or not, the students in your classes are using technology. Unfortunately, their access is not always school-related.
You can change that if you’re willing to require that students use technology as part of their learning experience. The first step to authentic technology integration in any classroom lies in differentiating how students use technology. Would you rather that your students be entertained or be accountable?
Imagine if your school-age child had the opportunity to build a robot, dissect an animal in a virtual science lab, and bend the laws of physics without leaving home. Virtual reality (VR) continues to open up a world of opportunities for several industries including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, military training, and, of course, gaming.
Manufacturing Stories highlighted a list of fun ideas to keep kids learning through the summer, focusing on STEM and integrating curiosity, critical thinking, and fun. Check out these activities and more.
The 4th of July is one of the best holidays for STEMists! Firstly, it’s a great way to get kids engaged in celebration preparation. Secondly, it’s a chance to do some super groovy STEM activities. From yummy recipes, to watching the night sky light up with fireworks, above all STEMists are bound to show up for America’s big celebration! As a result, we’ve put together 5 STEM-related ways to celebrate and have a fun-filled Fourth of July.
Only 20% of schools offered rigorous, technology-based remote instruction while school buildings were shut down this spring, according to a new report from the American Enterprise Institute, and students in K-12 districts with a majority of high-poverty or low-achieving students were less likely to receive rigorous instruction at a distance.
In August 2018, Jorg Duitsman started his teaching position in the departments of Mechatronics and International Engineering at Summa College. Jorg is a long-term lover of technology and maker education. Like any other technology teachers, Jorg was eager to find a better way to teach problem solving, critical thinking, and other important 21st century skills in classrooms. That’s when he started searching and found DOBOT. Later on, he purchased 20 Dobot magicians and two Dobot m1 for his school.
Distance learning can feel impersonal and inaccessible, but there are ways to help students feel a sense of connection and access academic material.
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Keeping your school’s infrastructure up to date is about more than investing in powerful computers: now that the global health crisis has forced schools to rely more and more on technology in order to implement first distance learning and then blended learning, teachers and students in many countries are being faced with the flaws in their ecosystems.
Not all schools were prepared for this sudden transition, and many have learnt by experience that even equipping the campus with the latest devices is not enough to claim that your institution can boast state-of-the-art educational technology—what if the campus itself becomes inaccessible?
If you’re concerned that STEM is taking up too much classroom time, consider this: STEM permeates the curriculum in ways subjects taught in isolation can’t. STEM also teaches the skills students need for success beyond their formal education.
Teachers know that they have to take advantage of every minute of instructional time they can get with students. STEM programs, with their integrated lessons, seem to usurp a considerable amount of instructional time. That can lead to arguments about pulling kids away from traditional subjects like science and math.
However, STEM offers students experiences they can’t get in traditional classrooms. STEM integrates learning through interdisciplinary studies. It affords the application of 21st-century learning skills. And finally, STEM teaches resilience.