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It’s Time to Add AI to Your Robotics Competition

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Most industrial robots are preprogrammed or remotely controlled. That’s starting to change with the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI). Some robots operate autonomously and learn to improve task efficiency. When it comes to elementary and secondary school robotics competitions—few involve real AI. However, as Tom explains, the World Artificial Intelligence Competition for Youth is not like other robotics competitions.

Nine Faculty Trends to Watch in 2019

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By: Eran Ben-Ari. In 2018 higher education’s attention was on student activism, debates about safe spaces, and the regulation of for-profit colleges. Faculty members were at the center of many of those conversations and Eran Ben-Ari, Top Hat’s Chief Product Officer, expects they will continue to be the hub of many of the trends emerging in 2019. To peek ahead, he presents nine faculty trends to watch in the coming year.

What Detroit and Chicago Can Teach Us About Student Growth and School Rating Systems

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By: Chris Minnich. Accountability systems that measure growth recognize a school’s contributions to student progress and reduce bias against educators and schools serving students in diverse, high-poverty communities.

Design Thinking, or What an English Teacher Learned From Working With Web Developers

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Amanda Winkelsas explains that she has learned that the design thinking approach is just as useful for building the technology tools for lesson planning and curriculum mapping as it is for doing the lesson planning and curriculum mapping itself.

How the Micro-Credential Revolution is Transforming Professional Learning

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Listen in to this week's new podcast episode to hear from Tom Vander Ark and BloomBoard's Jason Lange on how micro-credentials have the power to transform professional learning for educators, making it competency-based and personalized.

Good Enough? Helping Young People Develop a Picture of Good Work

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High expectations are an important part of a school model, culture and community. Here are several examples of schools and programs that are helping students learn to deliver on professional grade expectations.

Flip the Traditional Into Amazing: Creative Uses for Flipgrid

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Why Flipgrid? According to Getting Smart teacher blogger, John Hardison, it "offers these students an engaging and reliable platform to express their knowledge, questions, and creativity."

The Importance of Understanding Technology, Coding & Computational Thinking

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To many students, technology is still a black box that requires a tech support person to fix, and according to Jamie Beck, this needs to change.  For students to be successful in the future, they need to become competent and confident with technology—and troubleshooting—in various forms.

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