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Product Review: CoderZ – by Tech&Learning

CoderZ by Intelitek is a browser-based coding environment that teaches middle-and high-school students to program both virtual and physical robots.

FRANK PILEIRO
AUG 30, 2018
 

gocoderz.com ■ Retail Price: Home use: $6.25/month (billed annually); classroom subscription: $840; school and unlimited use by quote.

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CoderZ by Intelitek is a browser-based coding environment that teaches middle-and high-school students to program both virtual and physical robots. CoderZ puts a virtual robot in front of every student, and they progress through a variety of standards-based “missions” using Java block coding language. CoderZ is compatible with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3, so student creations can be downloaded and run in real life.

Quality and Effectiveness: CoderZ is a nice solution for students to get started in coding and robotics. Teachers with limited budgets don’t have to purchase physical robots, and the 3D coding environment simulates writing code for a real-life robot that can be tested and debugged as they progress through the different challenges. The programs can be downloaded onto a compatible robot for more real-world problem solving.

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CoderZ also has a classroom management component and provides data so teachers can easily assign tasks, track progress, identify students’ needs, and adjust instruction if needed.

CoderZ gives more advanced students the option of moving out of the Java block coding environment to code directly in a text-based editor.

Ease of Use: CoderZ loads quickly and runs smoothly on any browser or platform. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate for both teachers and students. Users who log in for the first time are greeted with a series of text boxes that direct them through a beginners tutorial to acquaint them with the interface as well as the block coding environment. The accompanying curriculum resources make it easy for teachers to share content with students.

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Creative Use of Technology: CoderZ’s instructional design and interface make it a good solution for schools that want to introduce coding and robotics to students but find it fiscally challenging to purchase enough robots. The 3D gamified learning environment is realistic and attractive. It also give students feedback and help mechanisms to assist and instruct them if they get stuck. Its flexibility enables more advanced students to explore some of their own programs and gives teachers the ability to differentiate by assigning open-ended assignments.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The CoderZ platform will integrate well into any middle- or high-school STEM/coding program. It gives students the opportunity to learn how to code robots without schools having to make large investments in robotics hardware and create complicated labs full of hardware.

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The gamified “mission” based lessons are clear and easy to follow, and they progress through the necessary skills from basic to complex. The block-based environment builds on the basic sequences of instructions and moves to more complex functions, variables, and loops.

OVERALL RATING:

CoderZ is a creative, economical, and browser-based solution to get students coding by using robotics as the basis for projects that advance them through more complicated coding tasks.

TOP FEATURES

• Cloud-based platform gives students the opportunity for anytime, anywhere access.
• Classroom management tools enable teachers to track and monitor student progress.
• Intuitive and flexible gamified learning environment with realistic graphics.


CoderZ finalist in the Tech Edvocate Awards program

CoderZ named a finalist for ‘Best Coding App or Tool’ in the Tech Edvocate Awards program. Winners will be announced on August 31.

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See akk finalists here


New Hampshire Department of Education to Host Second Annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

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Last year’s inaugural event drew thousands of students statewide and spurred additional national and international competitions in West Virginia, Nevada, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Paraguay 

DERRY, N.H. – Aug. 1, 2018 – The New Hampshire Department of Education and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) will being teaming up again to hold a statewide Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) from mid-October to mid-December. Sponsored by Intelitek, and Oracle Academy, the CRCC is an eight-week virtual coding competition that provides students and educators with the opportunity to build STEM related skills using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot.

New Hampshire was the first state to hold the competition. In doing so, it gave rise to an international phenomenon that has resulted in more than 30,000 students all over the world participating in similar events.

“CRCC is learning as it is meant to be,” said Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the NH DOE. “Students could not be more engaged. They are not only building coding skills, but creativity and innovative capacity to solve problems. This year, they will be competing with students from around New Hampshire and around the world and will be able to challenge themselves even further. Ido and I share a vision to see a million students participating in this event in the next five years.”

In the first New Hampshire CRCC, held at the end of 2017, more than 2,500 students in middle and high schools throughout the state used CoderZ, a cloud-based coding platform to compete in over 80 different and challenging robotics missions. In addition to winning prizes for inclusiveness, faculty participation and diversity, the top schools competed in a grand finale competition for the best middle school, best high school and a grand prize called the Governor’s Award, which included a trophy and a $2,000 grant (Gallery).

“The NH DOE has an inspiring vision of preparing its students – not just for the current 21st century – but for the 22nd century,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “As part of that goal, they are continually looking for ways to engage students in rigorous, relevant and integrated learning STEM experiences, including computer science. The first competition demonstrated that CRCC is a great way to motivate students and expose them to STEM – kids were even logging in to our software platform from home – and we are delighted to be helping support their vision.”

The NH CRCC grand finale round will take place in the week of December 3rd at one of the state’s universities.

For more information on CRCC competitions go http://iscefoundation.org/nh-crcc/ or contact Joshua Schuler, Director of CRCC at ISCEF at jschuler@iscefoundation.org.

About CRCC

The first-of-its-kind Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) was created by ISCEF and is supported by Intelitek and Oracle Academy. The online competition is designed to be interactive and exciting as participants learn how robots work and expand their knowledge of STEM careers. Competitors undertake their missions on Intelitek’s CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment, a cloud-based platform featuring a graphical simulation of LEGO robotics kits. The innovative, online platform has a coding interface where users between 6th and 12th grade can activate a virtual robot, or “cyber-robot,” and watch the results in a real-time simulation.

Students and teachers need no prior coding or robotics knowledge. The events include professional development and training for teachers and boot camp activities in which students learn and practice intensively from any Chrome computer browser. The missions are self-directed, and individual students can progress at their own pace. In the West Virginia event, students went from boot camp activities to a Week of Code event that was held in the first part of May and featured 21 challenges.

Competitions range in size from 20 to hundreds of schools and can be held over several weeks or at a one-day event. The finals can be a weeklong online competition and/or a face-to-face codeathon. An entire school can participate in a competition, and no special hardware is required. Participation is supported by sponsorships.

Parties interested in organizing Cyber Robotics Competitions for their school, district or state can contact ISCEF at info@iscefoundation.org.

About Intelitek

Intelitek has been transforming education and bringing robotics into classrooms across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions for more than 30 years. The Company’s innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them. Intelitek’s sustainable support and professional development ensure the continued success of educational programs. By helping deliver the competencies needed for in-demand careers, Intelitek is producing results for students, teachers, nations, and economies.

About Oracle Academy

As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields, offering a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. Supporting more than 3.5 million students annually in 120 countries, the program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future. Through Oracle Academy, students receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping to make them college and career ready in the era of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and beyond. Please visit us at academy.oracle.com

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CoderZ by Intelitek Wins Tech & Learning ‘Best of Show’ Award at ISTE 2018

CoderZ is an online platform teaching students fundamental coding and programming skills through fun virtual robotics

Derry, NH (July 2, 2018) – Intelitek today announced that its online coding and robotics program CoderZ, was named as a Best of Show winner by Tech & Learning at the 2018 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo.

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In its fifth year, Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show awards highlight outstanding products exhibited at ISTE. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and editors for having the greatest potential to be game changers in education technology. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology. They then met in person to decide which technologies will have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show.

“Once again, the ISTE show floor was inundated with edtech—from the latest in coding, robotics and makerspace gear to sophisticated upgrades in district-wide enterprise assessment software,” said Tech & Learning’s Managing Director of Content, Kevin Hogan. “And once again, our expert panel of judges kicked the tires. It’s a yeoman’s task and we take it seriously in selecting these companies and their products.”

CoderZ is a powerful, easy to use online platform that teaches students in grades 6-12 valuable STEM skills that prepare them for college and careers such as coding, robotics and physical computing. Through a fun interface with virtual robots controlled by the user, students learn a simple, Scratch-like language called Blockly for new coders or start working directly with Java code if they already have coding experience.

Accessible online from the classroom or at home, CoderZ puts the world of coding and robotics in the hands of every student anywhere they have an Internet connection. Students receive immediate feedback for their work with the integrated online simulator, which allows students to test code and experiment with virtual robots.

For educators, CoderZ integrates an engaging curriculum and learning management including project submission and grading, class and student statistics, video tutorials, and more.

“For more than 35 years, Intelitek has been transforming education and bringing STEM programs into classrooms across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “We’re pleased to have been recognized for this award and selected as one of the top products at ISTE this year.”

ISTE 2018 Best of Show winners will be highlighted in the August 2018 issue of Tech & Learning. A full list of winners recognized at ISTE can be found at https://www.techlearning.com/ed-tech-ticker/t-l-announces-iste-best-of-show-winners.

For more information about Intelitek and its product offerings, please visit www.intelitek.com and www.gocoderz.com.

About Intelitek

Intelitek’s innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them. The Company’s sustainable support and professional development ensure the continued success of educational programs. By helping deliver the competencies needed for in-demand careers, Intelitek is producing results for students, teachers, nations, and economies.

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Six Ways to Get Your School on the Education 4.0 Train

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This Guest Blog was originally published on Education Weeks Education Futures Channel on June 7, 2018 – See article here

By Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek.

Seeing gaps between what you’re teaching and what your students need to be able to compete effectively in the modern workforce? Here’s how to close them.

We have experienced four industrial revolutions in the last 250 years. These revolutions have completely changed the industrial world, but also many aspects of the community, the practical nature of the workforce, and the way we live in modern times.

In the educational world, the change has not happened as quickly and at Intelitek we have implemented an approach – Education 4.0 – that aligns modern learning with modern industry. Education 4.0 is having a similar, profound impact on how instructors teach and how students learn. Put simply, it defines “what it takes” to cultivate active members of society and employees who can play a valuable role in the new industrial workspace.

The rapid change in industry has caused the misalignment between what industry needs in this respect and the skills students graduate with. The educational path taken in many schools and classrooms today–isn’t always perfect. In fact, there are some clear gaps, as evidenced by the lack of qualified, skilled workers in the current (and emerging) labor pool.

Here are six ways to close those gaps and get your school on the Education 4.0 train today:

  1. Create a tailor-made learning path. Design a personal learning path that suits each student’s strengths and interests. This will allow them to build knowledge based on their individual previous knowledge or experience, and on their acceptance of the new information. Solutions should never force all students to learn the same thing at the same time and at the same pace.
  2. Leverage formative assessments. This will enable educational staff to help students identify their own strengths and also pinpoint their own weaknesses. A formative assessment is focused on helping the student accept and learn the new information and does not classify students based on test results.
  3. Transform teachers into mentors. Teachers must be trained on the fine points of building new curriculum and offering every one of their students a personal journey. They should be expected not to lead, but rather to support learning. For example, teachers must be able to use their own vast knowledge to assist students in a mentoring capacity during their own personal journeys.
  4. Embrace divergence and pluralism. Students are not the same and they are also not expected to be the same. The role of the education system is to help students identify the field in which they are suited and help them to excel at it. When teachers find their areas of aptitude, it gives the students a better chance to serve their society as adults.
  5. Stop equating education with knowledge acquisition. Education–not knowledge transfer–should be every school’s goal. Today’s schools will determine the development of society in the future. And while no one can predict the future, the universal values of doing good, accepting others, and collaborating with them will always be essential. This will hold true even when the graduates of today’s education system take on the societal roles of tomorrow.
  6. Put teachers at the heart of Education 4.0. Contrary to other beliefs, no one really wants to replace teachers with robots. In fact, teachers and mentors should be one and the same, and should shepherd students to success in the work world and in life. Design programs for teacher training, give them pedagogic tools, and provide them with a support structure that improves the relationship between the teacher and the student, enabling the former to interact more effectively. And remember that technology is there to serve teachers, allowing them to be even more effective instructors in the long run.

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