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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…

HB418: The bill to help children with autism meet Milo

Members of the House of Education Committee in Salt Lake, Utah sign off on a bill, Assistive Teaching Technology Amendments (HB418) that will set aside $200,000 to reimburse school districts and charter schools for half the cost of a robot designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Mark Child, Executive Director of Marketing, and Dan Nelson, Vice President of Sales, from RoboKind joined the bill’s sponsor Rep. Brad Last to present Milo, an advanced social robot that fits into the bill’s overall goal. Child and Nelson presented RoboKind’s Robots4Autism and its success with helping ASD learners develop socially and emotionally. “They do not engage with people,” Nelson told the committee. “They do engage with Milo, in fact, many of these kids view Milo as their friend.” Robots4Autims is helping children grow comfortable in their own skin and…

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…

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….

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