What a Global ‘Corona Diaries’ Project Reveals About Education During the Pandemic

edsurge | April 16, 2020

A project released this month hopes to capture audio diaries from around the world of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a sampling of these human stories shows how much disruptions in education are changing daily life. The audio project is called Corona Diaries, and it consists of a simple but elegant website that invites visitors to record a short audio clip answering one of three prompts: How was your day? How has your life changed? What’s troubling you right now?


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Woz ED, Imagine Learning’s Robotify and The Drone Racing League Select Draganfly to Expand STEM Program

Draganfly Inc | December 24, 2021

Draganfly Inc. (“Draganfly'' or the “Company”), an award-winning, industry-leading drone solutions and systems developer, is pleased to announce an expansion of the DRL Academy STEM program in partnership with the Drone Racing League (“DRL”), the world’s premier, professional drone racing property, Steve Wozniak’s Woz Ed, the leader in demand-driven K-12 education and Imagine Learning’s Robotify, a virtual platform that teaches students about coding using robots. Together, these leaders in technology and education will inspire the next generation of innovators through an immersive and interactive Science of Drone Racing curriculum, debuting for middle school students in 2022. This announcement is the evolution of Draganfly’s initial agreement and work with Woz ED which provided for an exclusive partnership bringing additional product development to Draganfly’s current and future pipeline in addition to re-imagining the future of innovation for drone technologies. According to AUVSI, the United States is expected to add approximately 100,000 new jobs by 2025 through the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into in the National Airspace System. Investing in a technology-talent pipeline is crucial for companies to remain competitive. The Science of Drone Racing program will spark students’ creativity, critical thinking and collaboration through hands-on and virtual learning experiences that demonstrate career-pathing opportunities within the drone space. “We’ve been educating students through interactive drone kits for years now, and the number one request we get from schools is to make a racing drone kit,” said Steve Wozniak, founder of Woz ED. “The Drone Racing League has a tremendous influence on young sports fans and future tech innovators, and we’re excited to team up to create a drone racing curriculum that ensures learners are job-ready for the most in-demand tech sector openings.” The Science of Drone Racing course will teach kids how to fly and build racing drones through physical kits and code drones through esports-style programming competitions. Students will also watch professional pilots compete during exclusive DRL Season viewing parties. “With decades of experience in aviation, robotics and engineering, Draganfly is thrilled to be supporting DRL’s game-changing Science of Drone Racing curriculum with Woz Ed and Robotify. We’re excited to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders at the middle school level.” Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly Draganfly recently joined DRL as a founding partner of DRL Labs, an innovation hub to research and develop groundbreaking drone technology that will advance the cutting-edge sport of high-speed drone racing and other industries undergoing significant transformations through drones, including humanitarian aid and mobility. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Draganfly and team up with Woz Ed and Robotify to inspire students for a lifetime through exhilarating and educational drone racing courses. We look forward to partnering with top companies and philanthropic organizations to help kids discover new passions and career opportunities in tech and science while shaping the industry to be more diverse and inclusive,” said DRL President Rachel Jacobson. To date, Woz Ed and Robotify have enabled millions of students to learn new skills in STEM-related fields. They recently aligned to provide cost-effective, accessible and equitable robotics-based educational experiences to schools around the globe. “Robotify’s goal is to empower all kids to learn coding in an engaging and playful way,” said Imagine Learning’s Robotify CEO Adam Dalton. “For the first time ever, students and fans of the Drone Racing League will be able to learn about the science behind drone racing through a code learning curriculum and virtual racing competitions enabled by the Robotify platform. The mixture of virtual curriculum provided by Robotify, experience and reach provided by DRL, and physical drone kits provided by Woz ED, make this a truly unique and special partnership to inspire millions of young learners.” About Draganfly Draganfly Inc. is the creator of quality, cutting-edge drone solutions, software and AI systems that revolutionize the way organizations can do business and service their stakeholders. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 20 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leader serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, security, mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives. About Drone Racing League The Drone Racing League (DRL) is an innovative global sports, entertainment and technology property. The best drone pilots in the world fly in the league and millions of fans watch them race on NBC, NBCSN, and Twitter. With groundbreaking technology and immersive, high-speed races through virtual and live events, DRL is creating a new era of sports, combining both esports and real-life competition. About Imagine Learning’s Robotify In 2021, Robotify joined Imagine Learning, a PreK-12 digital learning solutions company that ignites breakthroughs by designing forward-thinking solutions at the intersection of people, curricula, and technology to drive student growth. Imagine Learning serves more than 10 million students and partners with more than 7,500 school districts nationwide. Robotify helps the next generation to learn how to control robots and learn how to code. Using Robotify, students have access to the latest and greatest robots without having to ever purchase real hardware. Robotify gives students access to robots and environments that have never been accessible before through a web browser. About Woz ED Woz ED is the leader in demand-driven K-12 education. Steve Wozniak, the Founder and inspiration behind Woz ED, recognizes the worldwide need for nurturing an engineering mindset in our young people. Their programs focus on ensuring their learners are job-ready for the most in-demand tech sector openings and provide learners the opportunity to engage in authentic projects to help them understand what work they love and excel at. Woz ED’s lessons are purposefully designed to build an engineering mindset while developing the soft skills employers value. Collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking are inherent in every project.

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Meet our Centre of Excellence High-Performance Skills Coaches!

WorldSkills UK | August 24, 2020

The four High-Performance Skills Coaches are all experienced WorldSkills UK Training Managers who have the track record of training the medal-winning teams of apprentices and students who represent the UK at WorldSkills, known as the ‘skills Olympics’. Through their work with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in partnership with NCFE, our High-Performance Skills Coaches will capture learnings from international competitions and use these to coach and mentor educators who can then pass this knowledge on to their students, ensuring they perform to international high standards of excellence in their skills.

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European Schoolnet | July 02, 2020

On 6 April, IMPACT EdTech, the European incubator-accelerator that helps EdTech start-ups turn their ideas into market-ready products, has launched its first open call to select some of the most promising EdTech start-ups/SMEs to be supported with up to €195,300 equity-free funding and incubation-acceleration services adapted to their needs. Until 30 June 2020 at 13:00 CEST, EdTech disruptors providing solutions to educational challenges either targeting formal (school-based) compulsory education, or solutions for further formal and informal education can submit their applications through the project website.

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University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies Releases Newest Edition of Its Phoenix Scholar™ Academic Journal

University of Phoenix | December 18, 2021

University of Phoenix has released the 12th edition of the Phoenix Scholar™ academic research journal. Hosted by the College of Doctoral Studies’ Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR), this special edition issue of the periodical titled, “Reshaping Education Through Innovation: The Pandemic Response,” examines the ramifications and opportunities of innovation in education technology driven by response to the Covid-19 pandemic.The issue contributes to the body of knowledge and understanding of pandemic response and adaptation that has emerged over the previous year. “At the outset of the pandemic, we adapted, developed, and witnessed extraordinary change in the delivery and modalities of technology in education in a matter of weeks. We planned this edition as a narrative, telling the story of those adaptations and innovations, and especially, shedding light on how educational organizations can manage the enduring implications and encounter future disruptions.” Mansureh Kebritchi, Ph.D., guest editor of this Phoenix Scholar™ edition, and research chair of CEITR at University of Phoenix The issue includes University of Phoenix leadership reflections on strategies used to manage the pandemic challenges and presents several institutional studies managed by CEITR researchers. It covers a variety of topics including remote work skills, alternative credentials such as digital badging and mini certifications, promoting learners’ grittiness and retention, equity in education, and aligning curricula with employer needs. The Phoenix Scholar™ journal is the academic research publication of University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies and serves as the scholarly platform for communicating the results and outcomes of university research endeavors, and their relationship to the broader scope of learning and scholarship. Three College research centers contribute to the publication findings: Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research (CEITR), Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research (CLSER), and Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research (CWDIR). As longtime leaders in online education, the university utilizes research to develop solutions in the core areas of leadership, workplace diversity and instructional technology to enhance student outcomes, improve communities and to help students, faculty and alumni grow in their career aspirations. About the College of Doctoral Studies University of Phoenix’s College of Doctoral Studies focuses on today’s challenging business and organizational needs, from addressing critical social issues to developing solutions to accelerate community building and industry growth. The College’s research program puts students in the center of an effective ecosystem of experts, resources and tools to help prepare them to be a leader in their organization, industry and community. Through this program, students and researchers work with organizations to conduct research that can be applied in the workplace in real time. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.

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