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Teaching Robotics: an Introduction

3 Credits
Today's app-enabled robots are more user-friendly than ever, geared towards learners of all ages and levels of experience. Robotics learning develops 21st century STEM skills including coding and engineering as students engage in play, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.
This fully online course will introduce teachers to a variety of robotics tools and key applications that bring coding to life in the classroom. The readings and activities support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators.
This course may be completed with or without students.

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Paul Reimer

I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.