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DrTechniko Says, “We Are All Teachers”

Posted in Teacher Tools on April 19, 2012 by

Here at Knewton our mission is all about helping more and more students learn better, faster, easier. As such we Knerds love to learn and love to teach. It’s part of our culture and it’s part of what makes us excited about education.

In my spare time I play the role of DrTechniko. I write stories to educate kids and parents about computer science and programming principles. Inspired by the Knewton culture, I decided a few weeks ago to teach a class about programming to kids ages 5 to 7. Inspired by Knewton’s mission, I wanted to find a way to get them to program in a very intuitive and personalized fashion. The class I came up with was a great success and I posted an article about it on my DrTechniko blog. I thought I’d share it with the Knewton crowd.

How to Train Your Robot

The class is called “How to train your robot.” Kids play the roles of the “robot master” and parents play the role of the “robot.” Kids get to “program” their parents by navigating them through an obstacle course.

It was really exciting to see how robots and robot masters worked together (even though sometimes the robot masters decided to have fun with their robots and have them do one-leg hops 100 times).

Giving back to the community was even more fulfilling and I’m happy Knewton has embraced the DrTechniko effort. When Knewton moves to its new office in the summer, we are planning to host more of those classes, so stay tuned.

Read DrTechniko’s full explanation of “How to Train Your Robot.”