Sunday, October 06, 2013

Student Robotics and the K-12 Curriculum

My recent contribution to EDUTOPIA blog:


"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 that getting them to stop working and move on to the rest of the school day can be a challenge -- a good problem to have!

The next important step for student robotics will be to make it a central part of the regular, daytime classroom experience. Here are some favorite activities that can help robotics inspire and impact all students, and can also tremendously increase teacher satisfaction..."

The full version is available at: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-robotics-k-12-curriculum-mark-gura

Monday, February 18, 2013

Robotics for Teachers - Episode #3

Episode #2: Interview with Ian Chow Miller (38 minutes)
http://www.divshare.com/download/23636384-02f


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Robotics for Teachers

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Click on book cover for information on Getting Started with LEGO Robotics.

Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Check out ROBOTICS for TEACHERS Podcast
www.roboticsforteachers.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Robotics for Teachers PODCAST - Episode #2

Episode #2: Interview with Ian Chow Miller (38 minutes)
http://www.divshare.com/download/23636384-02f


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Theme song for this episode is B-Side by Jahzzar. See Free Music Archive and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0 /
Robotics for Teachers

.....................................................................................................
Click on book cover for information on Getting Started with LEGO Robotics.

Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Check out ROBOTICS for TEACHERS Podcast
www.roboticsforteachers.com

Monday, February 04, 2013

Robotics for Teachers PODCAST - Episode #1

Episode #1: Interview with Dwayne Abuel
(53 minutes)
http://www.divshare.com/download/23636372-581

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for more information, background, and links
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Theme song for this episode is B-Side by Jahzzar. See Free Music Archive and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Robotics for Teachers
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Click on book cover for information on Getting Started with LEGO Robotics.

Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Check out ROBOTICS for TEACHERS Podcast
www.roboticsforteachers.com

Monday, October 01, 2012

LEGO Robotics: STEM Sport of the Mind

My article on the STEM Learning applications of LEGO Robotics appeared in the August edition of ISTE's Learning & Leading with Technology magazine. Thanks very much to Luke Laurie, Ian Chow Miller, Dwayne Abuel, and Evan Weinstein for granting me yet another interview for this article. I interviewed them (and many others) at greater length for the book, Getting Started with LEGO Robotics, which explores many of the same themes, although in much greater depth.

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Lego Robotics: STEM Sport of the Mind
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http://www.learningandleading-digital.com/learning_leading/201208?folio=12#pg14

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Click on book cover for information
Getting Started with LEGO Robotics. Anyone who works with kids can do LEGO Robotics, a rich and highly motivating platform for important STEM Learning! (surprisingly affordable, too) This books explains it all!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Down from the Hallway Bulletin Board - Up on the Web

My article in the latest (June 2012) issue of The Scanner (Newsletter of the Media Specialists SIG of ISTE) - The article is titled:
"Down from the Hallway Bulletin Board - Up on the Web: Using Technology to Build a School-wide Community of Peer Writers and Readers" 

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http://issuu.com/iste_media_specialists_sigsi/docs/the_scannerv3n2

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Getting Started with LEGO Robotics Named Important STEM Education Resource

How cool to get this sort of acknowledgment! MANY thanks to all the talented brains I picked in putting this book together!

Getting Started with LEGO Robotics Named Important STEM Education Resource

Multiple Sources 4/1/12:  Palm Beach County, Fla. – The 21st Century Compendium for STEM Education, an effort to promote easy-to-implement approaches to STEM Learning, today named Getting Started with LEGO Robotics: A Guide for K-12 Educators  as the Most Promising K-12 STEM Resource for 2012. Getting Started with LEGO Robotics by Mark Gura is published by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).  According to author, Mark Gura, “I wrote Getting Started to fill a crucial gap in STEM Education.  While many educators consider LEGO Robotics to be the most exciting and effective approach to STEM learning, many teachers are unsure how to begin. The great takeaway from my research for the book was how easy this can be for someone armed with the right understandings and resources; the book provides all that, showing newcomers how to self-start and develop as LEGO Robotics users alongside their students.” The book has been purchased by an increasingly large number of educators and others interested in bringing LEGO Robotics into the educational experience of young people. Publisher’s website:  http://www.iste.org/store/product.aspx?ID=1690

Please also check out the Classroom Robotics blog: http://classroomrobotics.blogspot.com/