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Abu Dhabi: Robot Teachers will soon be instructing students in basic math and other subjects at a private school in Abu Dhabi.

Merryland International School in Mussafah has launched what it claims is the first robotic lab in a UAE school, with more than 30 cutting edge robots including humanoids with built-in intelligence.

Humanoid AISOY Raspberry Pi robot will teach basic addition and subtraction while Nao, the 57-cm tall Evolution Humanoid robot from France, will help special needs children.

Nao can walk, talk and even recognise emotions. The programmable robot can also be used to explore research topics in robotics, computer science, human-machine interaction and even social sciences.
Then there is the Genibo Robot Dog which falls asleep if the students are not attentive.

I have sourced out some of the best and most advanced robots including humanoids, quadrupeds, hexapods, flying robots and pet robots from all over the world, Susheela George, Founder of Merryland, told XPRESS.

“Our aim is to mould future scientists, designers, engineers and leaders,” she added.

Susheela claims the school has invested half a million dirhams to set up the robotics lab.

The school will have robotics science as a subject integrated to their Cambridge International curriculum, and delivered through physics, ICT and math classes. Students from grade three to 12 will benefit from the lab.

“The course will start in full swing next year after the teachers have completed their training from Pittsburgh University in the US,” said Susheela.

George Fernandes, Head of Department, Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the school, said the robotics lab is just one of the many things in the pipeline. “We plan to go a long way in making robotics science a subject of study for our students. Children can learn from scratch the science of assembling a robot. At an advanced level, high school students will be taught how to programme robots with built-in intelligence,” said Fernandes.

The robotic lab was formally inaugurated on August 22 by Dr. John Netting, Director General of European Business Assembly (EBA), Oxford and Dr. Martin Moore-Ede and Dr. Donna Martin from Harvard University. The Indian and Pakistani ambassadors to the UAE were also present at the function held at the school’s campus in Mussafah.

NAO: The Next Generation of Robot

NAO Next Gen: Aldebaran Robotics launches a new generation of its humanoid robot

Aldebaran Robotics, the world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for its users.

Aisoy Robot

Aisoy1 II is the first social robot affordable for everyone. With new capabilities to awake your creative spirit.

Renewed and funny dialogs! Aisoy1 II’s behavior has evolved to a more proactive interaction. It has refined its sense of humor and tries to express it using its own words. It may be able to make you smile, or maybe your own style is a bit different from his. Anyway, please be comprehensive with Aisoy1 II, as he is taking the first steps as a comedian, its answers could surprise you!
More expressive with an evolved emotional engine! The new emotional engine is more proactive and robust. You will be able to understand the current emotional state of your Aisoy1 II much better and act accordingly. Besides, its new emotional engine provides more active behaviors and more independence and autonomy in its actions.
Multi-languages versions are now available.

Aisoy Robot Teacher- Teaching Math
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zKzmN346U0

Why robots?

Robots can caputre a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. “Kids recognise when they are learning something themselves — robots give them that,” says Larry Johnson, CEO, New Media Consortium, a US headquartered research organisation that specialises in educational technology.

Article Source:

  1. Robots to teach in Abu Dhabi school- Robots and humanoids to take over classrooms at private school

Additional information

  1. Merryland International School
  2. International Business Times- United Arab Emirates: Robots to Teach in Abu Dhabi Classrooms
  3. Alderbaran – Maker of NAO robot
  4. The Robot Center – Maker of Aisoy

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Mobile Learning Infographic
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eLearning Statistics for 2014

Predicting the Near Future for eLearning

The growth in eLearning is predicted from the past, in a great infographic from The eLearning Industry.

The power and potential for elearning is clear as the infographic focuses on higher education and business in the following areas.

Benefits of Online Learning

  • Money Spent on eLearning continues to grow–DOUBLING by 2015
  • 50% savings, on training with a 60% reduction of time.
  • Half of ALL college classes to be online by 2019.
  • eLearning is Ecologically Friendly with 90% reduction in energy over traditional classes.
  • Increase in Fortune 500 company use with over 41% now using technology for instruction.
  • Self-paced Industry growth with the most rapid growth in developing nations.
  • Productivity boost with a calculation of $30 worth of productivity for every $1 spent.
  • Companies offering online learning retain more employees and generate more revenue per employee.
  • 72% of companies surveyed stated eLearning keeps them up-to-date with industry changes and makes them more competitive.

Top 10 eLearning Statistics for 2014

 

eLearning Statistics for 2014

Source: http://www.elearningindustry.com

educational thought leadersThank you to eSparkLearning.com for including me in their recent blog post (August 5, 2013) titled 5 Questions for 5 EdTech Thought Leaders

The article contains answers from four other educational thought leaders:

Following are the questions that were posed to us and my answers:

In your opinion, what’s the most exciting thing happening right now in digital learning?

Individualized and personalized learning that is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from mobile devices.

Technology versus textbooks: will there ever be a winner?

I don’t believe published paper text books to be a sound investment when there are dynamic and interactive digital options that can always be easily updated. While I may personally prefer the freely-available openness of the Internet and its vast array of resources, I understand the need for grade-level appropriate, self-contained, subject-specific digital texts. That said, I worry about student families and institutions being beholden to expensive publisher costs for eTexts.

What’s going to be the next big thing in educational technology?

Gamification.

If you could give one piece of advice to teachers about to integrate technology in their classroom this fall, what would it be?

Don’t hesitate because you think you have to be the controlling expert. Start small and learn alongside your class. Most importantly: Have fun!

What’s your best kept EdTech secret?

If there is an “EdTech secret”, it’s that people are the most significant ‘technology’ and that learning occurs best when powerful connections are made. Technology is simply a tool to help teachers extend their reach and for students to access content, investigate, share, and produce demonstrations of their understandings.

I encourage you to read the original article for all of the insights from the above noted educational thought leaders. Follow them on Twitter and visit their web sites for outstanding information on educational technology and learning in the digital age!

Original eSparkLearning article: Educational Thought Leaders

About eSparkLearning — Their mission is to transform learning so it’s personalized, best of breed, engaging, and mobile; enabling students to succeed in school and in life.

Blended Learning: An Introduction

I shot this video yesterday, as a precursor to a project I’m working on.

Blended Learning is about combining the best aspects of using technology as a tool,  with the expertise of the individual teacher, within a classroom environment, to increase learning.

 

See more at: http://kevincorbett.com/blended-learning/ where I’ll be aggregating more resources on blended learning.

The second video “4 Blended Learning Models” is at: http://kevincorbett.com/2013/07/4-blended-learning-models

Blended Learning: 4 Models for Instruction

This is the 2nd of two videos I  shot leading-up to a project I’m working on.

The Blended Learning Models and definitions are from the work of Clayton Christensen.

 

Clayton Christensen Institute of Disruptive Innovation

See more at: http://kevincorbett.com/blended-learning/ where I’ll be aggregating more resources on blended learning.