Friday, August 26, 2016

Week 1: Teaching with robots (Part 1: Introduction)

This is a summary/transcript of Prof. Jennifer Kay's video course Week 1: Teaching with robots (Part 1: Introduction):

In this video you will hear about Jennifer Kay's motivation for promoting teaching with robots in schools and Introduction to
Associate Prof. Janet Moss - Rowan University
Rufus Wright - Technology Coordinatior West Avenue School
Nick Handley - Sixth Grade STEM teacher Hartford School
Melissa Quin - Eight Grade Math Pemberton

ROBOTS FOR EDUCATION (Part 2: Why We Teach LEGO Robotics and an Introduction to Other Educational Robots)

Why LEGO Mindstorms robots

1. popular in schools
2. FLL (First LEGO League) competitions motivates and encourage students
3. WRO (World Robotics Olympiad) competitions open to wider range of ages even up to universities)
4. Robo Cup Junior - primary school to age 19, not exclusive to LEGO but many uses LEGO
5. School clubs
6. Uses Graphical Languages which uses drag and drop programming blocks
7. Other robots (not included in course but links to them can be found in the Resources section
    VexIQ
    Scribbler
    mOway
    Hummingbird
    Thymio
    Finch

Week 1 - ROBOTS FOR EDUCATION: (Part 1: LEGO Mindstorms Robots)

This is a quick transcript of Prof. Jennifer Kay's video course on Week 1 - ROBOTS FOR EDUCATION: (Part 1: LEGO Mindstorms Robots):

LEGO's robots
1st robot - RCX
2nd robot - NXT (no longer for sale but very similar to EV3 and can still be used)
3rd robot - EV3 (course assume you are using EV3 Educational or Home version)

Week 1 - INTRODUCTION (Part 3: Additional Support)

Prof. Jennifer's video course on Week 1 - INTRODUCTION (Part 3: Additional Support)

Below is a very brief summary:

    Course forum - Q & A
    One-on-one tutoring
    Surveys
    Feedback

The above seem to be meant more for the initial or initial few batches of participants as I could not find any link to the course forum, tutoring or surveys. The only one I found was for Resources

Week 1: INTRODUCTION (Part 2: Course Structure)

Prof. Jennifer Kay's video lesson on Week 1: INTRODUCTION (Part 2: Course Structure)

Below is a quick summary

Course Structure:
Week 1: Introduction to robots, hardware, software
Week 2: Setting up
Week 3: Picture, sound, motion
Week 4: Looping, waiting, switching
Week 5: Robot Educator, data logging and more

Week 1 - Introduction to Educational Robotics (No Robot Required!!)

Prof. Jennifer Kay's Week 1 -Introduction to Educational Robotics (No Robot Required!!)

This is a transcript (with Prof. Jennifer's permission) of the above so one can read quickly or as revision rather then listening to the video which is more time consuming.

Prof. Jennifer Kay is Professor for Computer Science and Director of Rowan University Laboratory for Educational Robotics.

Much of her work focuses on robotics outside of Computer Science.

This is a course for K12 teachers with no prior robotics experience EV3 in and after schools. Robots can be used for all sorts of context for 3rd Grade Maths to 7th Grade Technology, even High School Physics. Can also help introduce students to computer Science which will be useful for studies of all sorts of field.

About the course
    Sponsored by Google CS4HS (Computer Science for High School)
    Designed for K12 teachers
    Free for anyone
    No prior experience needed
    Designed for absolute beginners

This course is meant for LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education set but is also OK of the retail/home/commercial version.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Educational Robots for Absolute Beginners – EV3 Edition (Welcome)

Prof. Jennifer Kay and Rowan University has created a course on robotics for beginners meant for teachers at Educational Robots for Absolute Beginners – EV3 Edition (Welcome)

Brief introduction to the course plus testimonies from past participants, many of them absolute beginners to robotics and programming without prior experience.
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