Robots for STEM and autism, increasingly interoperable platforms and more to keep an eye on.
We get it: Taking in everything a conference's exhibit hall has to offer is a seemingly impossible, perhaps even Herculean, effort. This year's International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference was no exception, with what seemed to be the biggest crowd we've seen at the show packing Chicago's McCormick Place convention center.
For those who could and couldn't attend alike, we've compiled the following list of ed tech tools that jumped out at us. From robots for STEM and autism to increasingly interoperable platforms, these are five tools you'll want to keep an eye on.
Longtime readers are likely familiar with RoboKind's facially expressive robot Milo, designed to assist educators in teaching students with autism. But now, Milo has a new companion named Jett, and he's setting out to expand access to coding.
Jett and its corresponding, self-directed curriculum are designed to be accessible to teachers who have never taught programming before. The company hopes to address a need with the 70-75% rate at which people on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed by offering an entry point to those skill sets. A female version of the Jett robot, as well as various skin tones, are also available, and the curriculum can be used with Milo, as well.
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