Have you ever wanted to introduce a drone, droid or robotics program in your school?

 

Did it seem too hard?

 

How about coding? With the new digital Technologies curriculum kicking off, have you seriously thought about how you will teach coding in your class or in your school?

 

Well, here is a solution for you…

 

Launching on October 1 will be a #DronesInEd competition. This competition will enable teachers and students a simple and easy, user friendly, buy-in to teaching coding and using drones and robots at school.

 

This competition is open to anyone in Australia, or any other country in the entire world. We are all teachers, we are all students, and we all want to help each other teach and learn more effectively.  I wholeheartedly believe that using drones is one of the ways that we can engage students in learning and maximize the effectiveness of many of our lessons.  Clearly using coding is one of the ways that this is possible.

 

We are lucky enough to have some very early support from @MacintoshAddict in Melbourn,e Australia.  @MacintoshAddict has generously donated logistical support to anyone who is interested in organising the use of drones, spheros or any other sort of droids in the classroom.  They have also kindly committed to sponsoring the #DronesInEd coding competition. This means that we will be able to give really cool prizes those who participate and win.

 

How can you join in?  well there will be 3 categories. All categories involve you creating a short preferably 1 minute video highlighting the way that you are using drones,droids or robots in your school. Videos will be shared online and then a short list will be curated.  We will have an open voting platform where teachers from all over the world can vote for their favourite videos.  Videos with the most hits and likes will be crowned our winners.

 

The 3 categories are:

  1. Drone coding obstacle course (I recommend downloading @tickleapp – that is what I use)
  2. Sphero or droid coding use (how do you use sphero in Maths etc – connect with@SpheroEdu)
  3. Teacher Innovation – How are you incorporating drones or robots into the curriculum?

 

This is a grassroots initiative.  There are deliberately very few rules and regulations.  The idea is to simply capture something that has the potential to revolutionize the way that we teach our students.  The best part is all you need to do to enter is to create a roughly 1 minute video showing what you  are doing in your classroom.

 

To enter the competition simply upload a video of the activities in your classroom online and share it with the world. Make sure that you use the hashtag #DronesInEd and share the link with us on twitter. This way we can all see your video and it will then be eligible for the short list which will be created in mid December. Winner will be announced prior to December 20.

 

More details about the three categories will be shared as we approach October 1st.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing what you can do, however, the one rule that is paramount is it you obey the laws and aviation regulations that apply to where you live. For those in Australia I have included the CASA link here:

 

Good luck and have fun.

Brett Salakas

@MRsalakas
Keep an eye on the #aussieED website → aussieED.com for updates and more info

 

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