Classroom Robotics: Case Stories of 21st Century Instruction for Millennial Students

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IAP, 2007 - Education - 234 pages
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The purpose of this book is to reach out to teachers, parents, coaches, and students who may be hoping to, or just investigating the possibility of, how to get started with robotics. At the same time, we hope to leverage the efforts of those who have been hard at work and "play" in this massive movement for many years, applaud their efforts, and provide them with documentation, support, and additional resources to reach further into the possibilities they can help create for all of us in bringing the power and potential of learning through robotics to more students, to the classroom and beyond. Not only does this book provide resources and firsthand insight into this exciting field, but it also provides one-of-a-kind perspectives of curricular applications of robotics for student learning.
 

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Contents

What is Student Robotics?
3
Student Robotics A Model for 21st Century Learning
11
CASE STORIES
33
Not Your Average Soccer Mom
35
Changing the Inner City One Robot at a Time
45
PBJ Robots and Programming
59
Teaching Coaching and Parenting Robocup Jr
67
From LOGO to LEGO Robotics A Journey
77
PERSPECTIVES ON ROBOTICS AND LEARNING
131
RoboticsPrime Opportunities for Careers and Student Learning
133
Learning and Literacy in Robots Making Connections for the Classroom
145
Catching the Vision Teachers as Learners Robotics Professional Development
163
RESOURCES AND CONCLUSION
181
Student and Classroom Robotics Equipment Robotics Kits Components Materials
183
Information Resources for Student and Classroom Robotics Web Sites Books Magazines and Other Resources
193
Program and Curriculum Resources for Student and Classroom Robotics Programs Organizations Software and Curriculum
199

The Morris High School Robotics Team An Interview Winners at a HighIntensity Sport for the Mind
87
Power of Robotics in the Lives and Learning of Alternative High School Students
105
Bringing Robotics to Life Students Experience Life Sciences with Real World Medical Application
115
Conclusion and Beginnings
219
About the Authors
227
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Mark Gura has been involved in the integration of technology across the curriculum for the past 17 years o f his 35-year career as an educator. The former director of the Office of Instructional Technology of the New York City Board of Education, he has planned, supervised, and implemented professional development for thousands of teachers. A Senior Fellow of the Center for Digital Education, Gura has written extensively on the instructional applications of technology for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education); Converge, EdTech, and T.H.E. Journal magazines; and the New York Daily News. He currently teaches graduate courses in the use of technology for teachers at Fordham University and Touro College. He is also the co-producer of the popular Internet radio program, The Teachers Podcast.

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