EdTech News Friday, April 6 Verizon innovative learning, Middle schools, Block-based language & more…

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One hundred U.S. schools to receive big bump in STEM investment

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  • Today, shes the schools Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) instructional coach, overseeing technology implementation and instruction, as well as all of the one-to-one devices provided by the Verizon Foundation as part of a grant the Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, school received several years ago.
  • To date, the foundation has awarded VIL grants to 100 middle schools across the country.
  • For the next two weeks, through April 15, students, parents, teachers and administrators of middle schools across the United States can use Twitter to nominate their schools for the Verizon Innovative Learning program.
  • The VIL program targets middle schools because that age is the sweet spot kids are either motivated or turned off, the curriculum becomes harder, theres more discipline, Kirk said.
  • The goal is to create a one-to-one curriculum as was done in Martesis middle school where every student and teacher has a device and lesson plans are tailored to each kids needs.

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Learning Programming with a Raspberry Pi Robot. 

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  • View this email in your browser The buildable GoPiGo robots offer students a new dimension when it comes to hands-on STEAM learning.
  • Not only do they learn the basics of programming with GoPiGo’s simple, block-based language, they’re poised to become engineering masters as well!
  • That’s because the GoPiGo robots come completely disassembled and kids have to tap their problem-solving skills to get them put together!
  • Bloxter, created by the makers of GoPiGo, is a block-based language similar to Scratch.
  • To purchase any of the GoPiGo robot kits for your classroom or explore some of the other products from Dexter Industries, click below!

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Ineffective assessments, part VI: More digital access needed

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  • Not only should educators be able to tap into digital resources for assessment preparation, but students should be able to take assessments using the technology that makes them most comfortable.
  • In other words, we need to ditch the Scantron forms and No. 2 pencils and give our kids access to the right technology to make them the most comfortable with the tests they are taking and to streamline the process for scorers.
  • To those outside the educational community, the idea that students should be able to take tests through computers and other pieces of technology that make them comfortable is a no-brainer.
  • I would challenge our educational community, from classroom teachers to those sitting on national education committees, to move beyond these fears though and find a financial way to make the technology of assessments possible.
  • To remain a world leader when it comes to the fast-pace of technology, we as educators need to insist that technology is part of not only the teaching process but also of assessment policy too.

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Teachers: 7 Ways to Start a New School Year

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  • Beginning a career in teaching is greatly aided if you are able to provide an environment that is conducive to learning and growth, both for yourself as a new teacher and for your new students.
  • When the First Bell Rings – – The first few days of the year are very important, as theyso often determine the classroom atmosphere for the rest of the year.
  • You need ensure from day one that you establish and enforce your authority in the classroom as this will earn the respect of the students.
  • Here are some helpful tips for the first day: – – Although it takes time to complete all the tasks mentioned above, doing them will give students a good first impression and set you up as an organized and prepared teacher.
  • You will not only help yourself and your chances for success with a smart classroom management plan, but it will also give students an idea of what to expect and make them feel more empowered on their educational paths.

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Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in Schools

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  • Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society.
  • Teaching robotics in schools gives students the opportunity to address the growing demand of teaching STEM subjects while learning how science, engineering, math, and technology work together and interact.
  • When students are introduced to robotics in their school years, they can discover any interests and talents that they may have in this job market.
  • Without the knowledge or access to robotics education, theres no way for students to build interest in these fields.
  • Robotics is a field that is easily accessible to a wide range of students with varying talents and skills.

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