Videos, robots prime features of
new TETRIX Robotics site

Redesigned website offers more helpful

content for teachers, competitors

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PITTSBURG, KS (October 29, 2014) — When Pitsco Education set out to update its TETRIX® Robotics site, it did more than just update the look. It set out to improve the user’s experience.

 

One of the highlights of the new site is the RoboBench video seriesTETRIX website screen shot

featuring Robotics Applications Specialist Tim Lankford. Designed to provide a format for visual learners, the series covers helpful tips, how to build robot components, and more. The first two RoboBench videos cover the assembly of the PRIME Gripper Kit and mounting the PRIME servos.

Lankford said the videos are part of an effort to keep new and helpful content that people would return to see on the site.

 

“We wanted TETRIX Robotics to be something that people included in their daily online regimen,” he said. “We wanted to provide fresh and valuable content in a format that people are used to seeing, and the short videos seem to be the the way to disseminate information.”

 

To further add fresh content to the site, a Build section was added to show step-by-step instructions for constructing a selection of robot models. Starting in November, at least one new robot model will be added every month by Pitsco staff, and a form will be available to enable TETRIX enthusiasts to share their models and instructions on how to make them.

 

Understanding the investment of money and time by schools in order to have a robotics program is one of the reasons the new site pushes for more relevant content, according to E-Commerce Manager Dan Eckelberry.

 

“Educators want easy access to resources to help them get the most from their system and unleash their students’ creativity,” he said. “That is our vision for TETRIXRobotics.com. It is a collection of value-added resources that’s always available. Get inspiration from our expanding build collection. Get helpful assembly tips in our RoboBench videos. View our parts in 3-D and download 3-D CAD files of parts to include in your own SolidWorks assemblies. These are just a few ways the website provides support.”

 

Another major change for the site is the addition of a store carrying all TETRIX MAX and PRIME sets and parts along with tools, storage options, and curriculum for robotics.

 

For more specific robotics environments, the Classroom and Competition sections provide resources and information helpful for educators and robotics competitors. The latter section provides insight into how TETRIX is a viable building system for many national and international robotics competitions.

To see these and other features and information for the TETRIX building systems, visit the website at www.TETRIXRobotics.com.

Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

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DESIGNING LEARNING FOR INDIVIDUALS, NOT INSTITUTIONS

KnowledgeWorks releases paper outlining innovation pathways to transform personalized learning

Cincinnati, Ohio,– As education adapts to the same kinds of changes that have

disrupted other industries, redesigning and transforming the current public education system and

learning environment requires a reorientation that focuses on each students’ needs and adapts the

associated support systems.

Today, KnowledgeWorks released “Innovating Toward a Vibrant Learning Ecosystem: Ten

Pathways for Transforming Learning,” the organization announced. This paper, a follow-up to

KnowledgeWorks’ future learning forecast, lays out 10 pathways needed to help change the current

educational environment and impact learning for each student.

“My great hope is that this future learning ecosystem will be vibrant for all learners and not just for

those whose families have the time, money or other resources needed to customize or supplement

their learning journeys,” said KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Strategic Foresight Katherine

Prince. “It’s our responsibility to make the future of learning both equitable and rigorous, and to

create a learning ecosystem that has the capacity to continue innovating and adapting to changing

The paper outlines key levers for systemic transformation, which fall into two categories:

transforming the core of learning, such as learning cultures and structures; and transforming

supporting systemic structures, such as policy and public will.

“If we want a future education system that is equitable for every student, we need to build supports

that foster those positive learning environments,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy

Peppler said. “This paper lays out actionable steps to build those supports.”

Prince shared insight on this new paper during “Transforming the Learning Ecosystem” during the

Grantmakers for Education conference last week. She also discussed the topic on last week’s

EduTalk Radio Show with KnowledgeWorks Director of Strategic Foresight Jason Swanson.

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ABOUT KNOWLEDGEWORKS

KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise focused on ensuring that every student experiences

meaningful personalized learning that allows him or her to thrive in college, career and civic life. By

offering a portfolio of innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies,

KnowledgeWorks seeks to activate and develop the capacity of communities and educators to build

and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. Our portfolio includes

EDWorks and StriveTogether. http://www.knowledgeworks.org

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October 30th K-12 Webinar: 
‘Leading the Digital Leap’ with AASA, CoSN, & NSBA
Washington, DC (October 29, 2014) – Join the leaders of AASA, The School Superintendents Association,CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), and NSBA (National School Boards Association) tomorrow, October 30th at 3:00 pm EDT for a free one-hour online discussion on how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.
AASA, CoSN, and NSBA are teaming to empower superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to build digitally-enabled learning environments through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and networks.
WHO: 
  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA
WHEN:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
3-4 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is free and open to all association members and the media. Click here to register.
Press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org for details. 
FORMAT:
Featured guests will provide brief presentations then open up the discussion to questions from webinar participants.
For more information about the October 30th event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/leading-digital-leap-creating-digitally-enabled-ecosystem.
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitcosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.
About NSBA
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

 

 

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Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker

 

Blended gives concrete examples of how educators, parents and learners can move us all to a world where technology makes the classroom more human, not less.”

–       SALMAN KHAN, founder, Khan Academy

Today, the same digital transformation that altered the way we work, communicate and entertain is triggering a tipping point in K-12 schools. Yet for many, this sea change is raising more questions than answers.

 

Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker of the Clayton Christensen Institute are helping educators, system-wide leaders, parents and other stakeholders navigate the future of learning with their new book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools(Jossey-Bass/Wiley), the first formal follow-up to the popularDisrupting Class.

 

Blended serves as a design manual for K-12 stakeholders to effectively embrace – and implement – a student-centered learning approach through online learning. Offering practical advice, Horn and Staker walk readers through the journeys of school systems, students and innovators, allowing them to see progress in practice while also highlighting common misconceptions. To start your own journey – or to learn more about the promising future of learning – click here. We also invite you to visitwww.christenseninstitute.org/blended for more information.

 

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