Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code

From the Wired article:

Working with two other researchers at Harvard University, Mike Rubenstein recently created what they call AERobot, a bot that can help teach programming and artificial intelligence to middle school kids and high schoolers. That may seem like a rather expensive luxury for most schools, but it’s not. It costs just $10.70. The hope is that it can help push more kids into STEM, studies involving science, technology, engineering, and math.

The tool is part of a widespread effort to teach programming and other computer skills to more children, at earlier stages. It’s called the code literacy movement, and it includes everything from new and simpler programming languages to children’s books that teach coding concepts.

Check out the video here.

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10 Classic Sesame Street Moments We Wouldn’t Show Today’s Kids

From The Week magazine:

When the Children’s Television Workshop unleashed Sesame Street on the world in 1969, it sparked a revolution in television programming. For the first time, TV was supposed to educate children as well as entertain them — make learning fun, using techniques developed through years of rigorous research. Parents across the U.S. had a TV show they could feel safe letting their kids watch.

When you buy the first season on DVD or iTunes today, though, it comes with a warning:

These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.

For parents today, especially those who grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, this is not your child’s Sesame Street. For one thing, Sesame Street has become pretty gentrified over the past 45 years — New York provides some examples. For another thing, “Prozacky Elmo didn’t exist,” says Virginia Heffernan in The New York Times Magazine, in a remembrance that both playfully mocks today’s heightened sensibilities and notes some real differences between the Sesame Street of yore and today’s more sanitized version.

The NY Times Launches Digital Subscriptions for Schools

Per the MediaPost article:

The New York Times is looking to expand its distribution and reach more young readers through a new group digital subscription offering for schools around the world, called In-School Access. The subscription gives full access to the NYT Web site to any device within a subscribing institution’s IP range, meaning it will be available to all students or teachers using school WiFi on their mobile devices or logging into a school desktop or laptop.

 

Multimedia Kids’ Book Creation Tool Goes Global

From the Publishing Perspectives post:

Looking for a software solution that enables you to produce robust, interactive, digital children’s books? Look no further than Germany’s TigerBooks Media and its TigerCreate platform. TigerCreate is used by publishers throughout Germany, as well as Switzerland, the UK, Italy, Spain, Austria and Malta. And now it is being offered to the rest of the world.

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