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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…

Advancements in Education Programs, Products, and Policies to Expect in 2017

Dr. Gregory Firn, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, RoboKind, EdNET Insight In 2017, the education industry will see a genesis of several shifts that, if and when they reach their full potential, will “reset” public education as we currently know it. This reset consists of three themes: Equity, “Each,” and Empowerment. Equity Equity in education has been abstract to policy makers in many respects. For too long, the pursuit of equity has been confused with the pursuit of equality – they’re not the same. Equity, in educational terms, requires several actions that may appear contrarian to equality. Egalitarian practices of resource allocation, staffing, time use, and similar elements, are examples of this mental model in which all learners are treated the same. “Sameness” has been the bane of our existence. In 2017, we can expect this to change. The realization and practice of…

FSSD School Board Meets Milo, Humanoid Robot for Autistic Education

By Kerri Bartlett,  Williamson Herald Some Franklin Special School District students have found a new friend in Milo, who encourages, shows patience, helps them with educational lessons and even loves dance parties. Teachers, who work with students with autism, introduced Milo, to board members of the Franklin Special School District Monday during its monthly board meeting. Milo, a lifelike boy humanoid robot used as a learning tool for students, stands about two feet tall and aids students in curriculum instruction and social skills. Milo showed board members what he could do at the meeting by suggesting a dance party, demonstrating his dance moves, and explaining educational tips for students. Milo also demonstrated facial expressions, showing emotions as happy, sad and mad. When mad, Milo even helps autistic students learn how to cool down, such as counting to 10, taking a breath or…

New Robot Engages with Autistic Youth

By Hernan Guarderas, The Daily Targum Robokind — an advanced social robotics, Texas-based company — is developing a machine which engages with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The humanoid robot named Milo uses Robots4Autism’s research-based curriculum to teach elementary and middle school children with ASD. The robot teaches them how to understand their emotions, according to their site. “(Milo) delivers lessons with unparalleled consistency, endless patience and using learning reinforcement techniques that would be difficult, if not impossible for a human caregiver,” said Richard Margolin, director of engineering and founder of Robokind. Milo collects data through interactions with children diagnosed with ASD to ensure progress is recorded for any ongoing assessment, Margolin said. ASD is a term for a complex disorder of brain development, according to Autism Speaks….

Rutgers University, Daily Targum: New robot engages with autistic youth

“(Milo) delivers lessons with unparalleled consistency, endless patience and using learning reinforcement techniques that would be difficult, if not impossible for a human caregiver,” said Richard Margolin, chief technology officer and founder of Robokind.

RoboKind and the Autism Society of America Announce Nationwide School Grant Program

Robots4Autism School Grant Program offers schools the opportunity to adopt research-based curriculum, eliminate economic barriers to autism intervention DALLAS (Oct. 27, 2016) – The cost associated with providing healthcare and education for children with autism often presents a barrier for care providers and school districts. To ease the adoption of evidence-based practices in delivering the highest quality education for students with autism, RoboKind and the Autism Society of America announce the offering of the joint Robots4Autism School Grant Program. The grant program aims to make the comprehensive, research-based Robots4Autism program accessible to schools across the nation. The Robots4Autism curriculum, delivered by humanoid robot Milo, incorporates eight evidence-based practices to support a learner’s generalization of appropriate social behavior and promote emotional…

RoboKind Named Top Social Robotics Company by Corporate Vision Magazine

Recognized for pioneering the use of robots with full facial expressions, Corporate Vision Magazine names RoboKind the Best International Social Robotics Company in the Technology Innovators category. This news arrives as RoboKind continues to reach nationwide and global expansion. Robots4Autism, now in 100 schools and districts, engages students through lifelike facial expressions and interactions. Guided by research-based lesson plans, the program’s evidence-based practices help teachers, therapists and facilitators build a student’s social and emotional skillset. “RoboKind is honored to receive this award as a top robotics company,” said RoboKind CEO Fred Margolin. “We strive to create affordable humanoid robots that serve an important educational purpose.” The Robots4STEM program, expected to be fully available during the 2017-18 school-purchasing season, helps students learn the…

Robots4Autism Adopted Down Under, Airs on Australian Broadcast

Rocky Bay, a support center for those with disabilities in Western Australia, shares the heartwarming story of a child whose social functioning has improved with the help of the Robots4Autism program. The Today Tonight show featured the successes Riley (age seven) has made using the Robots4Autism program in just 10 weeks. Working alongside a therapist in one-on-one instruction, Riley’s therapists have seen improvements in his greetings, emotional recognition. His mother now says that he can engage in conversation with adults he’s just met, and has even initiated handshakes. Rocky Bay has used Milo as a supplementary tool for autism intervention with 10 children to-date. Watch the full video…

Meet Milo: The Robot Who Helps Kids Learn

Robotics and other tech tools are teaching kids with special needs in new ways By Rebecca Hill In many ways he looks like a typical teenage boy: T-shirt and glasses, close-cropped hair and a casual smile. But when 14-year-old Cole sits down at a table with a therapist named Danielle and she begins speaking to him, Cole’s eyes quickly drift away. While Danielle tries to talk with him and keep his attention, Cole gazes off to the side and fiddles his fingers, not meeting her gaze. Later, when Cole sits down across from a new friend named Milo, things are very different. Cole’s eyes are glued to Milo’s. He leans in, he nods, he answers Milo’s questions, raising his eyebrows and widening his eyes. When Milo lifts his arm in the air, so does Cole, never losing eye contact, a mirror of engagement. Milo is a robot. Two feet tall with a shock of chocolate brown hair and a friendly, open face,…

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