## Archive for the ‘The Technology Teacher’ tag

## VEX Professional Development Classes

Robotics Academy VEX Teacher Training classes are web-based. Learn to program in ROBOTC using Innovation First VEX robot hardware. This video provides a quick overview.

These courses focus on learning how to program VEX-based robots, and how to use robotics as an organizer to teach STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) concepts. Included with the course is the Robotics Academy’s Teaching ROBOTC for IFI VEX CD-Rom, along

with a license to use it in your classroom afterward.

You will also have the opportunity to earn professional development credits and a Certificate of Completion by completing various assignments throughout the course.

## Robotics STEM lesson design on the cover of "The Technology Teacher" journal

ITEA’s flagship publication, *The Technology Teacher*, has published an article on designing technology lessons that teach mathematics. Written in collaboration with our partners Eli Silk and Dr. Christian Schunn at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center, the article *Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics* is an insightful look into some of the strategies that help to bring out mathematical value when setting up a robotics problem.

In the article, the authors lay out four principles for producing a technology activity that leads to math learning. The paper also gives several examples of these principles in the redesign of the Robot

Algebra *Robot Synchronized Dance* activity.

*Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics* can be found featured on the cover of the December/January 2010 volume of *The Technology Teacher*.

Silk, E. M., Higashi, R., Shoop, R., & Schunn, C. D. (2010). Designing Technology Activities that Teach Mathematics. *The Technology Teacher*, 60(4), 21-27.