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Milo makes 127 new friends thanks to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation

Milo is making new friends thanks to the Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller Education Technology program. In March the Flutie Foundation awarded a grant of $52,000 in technology to 12 organizations (each receiving up to $5,000) to help fund educational opportunities for children with ASD. In 1988, The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie. Fluite’s son, Doug Jr, was diagnosed with autism at age three. The foundation has raised and granted over $10 million to services helping autistic children throughout America and Canada. In this latest batch of grants, 4 SMART Boards, 10 laptops, 39 iPads, and other technology along with Milo, will support a total of 560 children with ASD. The emphasis on technology is due to recent studies that suggest ASD learners interact better with technology than humans. Work with Milo has shown that ASD students…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Kids with Autism

Today the Supreme Court raises the bar for the standard of education for students with autism!  Milo and Robots4Autism can help improve outcomes for students and it will be easier than ever to get robots into your child’s school. “In its ruling, the Supreme Court sided with parents of an autistic teen in Colorado who said their public school did not do enough to help their son make progress. They sought reimbursement for the cost of sending him to private school. Roberts said the law requires an educational program “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” He did not elaborate on what that progress should look like, saying it depends on the “unique circumstances” of each child. He added that there should also be deference to school officials. “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational…

No town is too small, Milo in Piute County, Utah

KLS, a news station in Utah, is on a mission to recognize and understand small town struggles with poverty and education. During their journey through the state, KLS visited Piute County, which has a population of less than 2,000. Piute County is encouraging students to pursue higher education in hopes that new jobs will come to the county. Part of this process is providing opportunities for everyone, including those that need a little extra hand. Piute’s district has about 300 students that can work closely with teachers due to small class sizes. In Circleville Elementary, Kristy Delange teams up with Milo to help Autistic children gain equal access to opportunities neurotypical students have. Cullen Waddington is one of Delange’s students who has been learning from Milo for the last three months. Cullen’s mother and Delange have already noticed a tremendous improvement in Cullen’s…

Milo helps Children in St. Charles School District 303

Kane Country Chronicle covers Milo’s work in Illinois with St. Charles school district 303. Milo assists several students between elementary and middle school with developing basic social awareness. During the Innovators in Education conference, Superintendent Don Schlomann learned about Robots4Autsim and Milo’s curriculum. He encouraged his department of instruction to approve Robots4Autsim despite their initial hesitance. Karen Maladra, associate director of interventions for St. Charles School District 303, said to Kane Country Chronicle, “Kids with autism are a rapidly rising population across the country, so we’re always looking for better ways to service them.” District 303 has 226 students on the autism spectrum, and autism is only on the rise with 1 in 68 people born being on the spectrum. When Maladra first started working with autistic children in the 1990s, it was 1 child in…

Launch DFW covers Robots4STEM

LaunchDFW covered RoboKind’s recent press release for Robots4STEM. On March 9th, 2017, RoboKind announced the launch of their newest endeavor to make an affordable and accessible education platform to teach children the basics of coding and robotics. According to a recent Burning Glass report, there are an estimated 7 million jobs open. (“Beyond Point and Click: The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills,” Burning Glass Technologies, June 2016.) Schools are unable to meet the ever-increasing demand due to lacking resources and knowledge. Teachers do not require prior coding skills or computer science knowledge to utilize Robots4STEM in their classrooms. JettLingo’s visual programming language, which was developed by RoboKind, and the comprehensive curriculum are designed for grades K thru 12th grade. “The beauty of the JettLingo platform is its ability to give each student the access and…

RoboKind announces JettLingo, part of its new Robots4STEM initiative

JettLingo gives K-12 students an easy and exciting way to learn to code through visual programming and robotics. Dallas, Texas, March 9, 2017 — RoboKind today announced the release of JettLingo, an innovative program that gives K-12 students the opportunity to learn coding skills through a unique combination of next-generation visual programming, avatars, and humanoid robots. JettLingo promotes STEM capabilities by engaging learners in real-world programming projects. The JettLingo visual programming environment allows students to manipulate their own personalized avatar—an emulator that looks and acts just like Jett, the humanoid robot. Since Jett has a full range of motion and facial expressions, students can program him to move, speak and respond to input. A recent report from Burning Glass found that there were “7 million job openings in 2015 in occupations that required coding…

Milo in the Wild: Dance Party in Vancouver, British Columbia

Rebecca Vincent, a teacher from Vancouver, British Columbia recently tweeted RoboKind about her student and Milo having a dance party after completing their first lesson together. Vincent’s student is one of several that work with Milo to learn social behaviors that individuals with Autism have difficulty displaying or understanding. This tweet comes just days after ITV News reported on Milo (or Zeno, as he is known in the UK) and his amazing progress with students at Queensmill school. Teachers who utilize Milo in the classroom have reported their students’ remarkable improvements. Most children with Autism find it difficult to look a person in the face or hold meaningful interactions. Through unique lesson plans designed specifically for ASD, Milo helps children develop social skills that break the barrier. A mother recounts her son’s transformation from a shy boy to an…

Product Focus: Life Skills 101

Researchers cite improvements in attitudes, empathy and behavior By: Ray Bendici District Administration, December 2016 K-12 educators increasingly embrace life skills curricula that promote social-emotional learning, mindfulness, problem-solving and other soft skills. Many districts no longer view such programs as “nice to have,” but as essential components of overall instruction. The growing emphasis on life skills is making an impact. In schools where students demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, there was an 11-percentile-point achievement gain in attitudes, empathy and behavior—compared to schools where such skills were not part of the program, according to an extensive study by researchers from Loyola University Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. More life-skills products now also teach collaboration and problem-solving, an evolution…

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