What are Drones?

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are controlled autonomously by computers or pilots with remote controls. They were innovated in the early 1900s for military personnel training and typically leveraged in operations that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. Still most commonly used for military purposes, drones have been deployed for a wide range of tasks, such as policing and community surveillance and security, filmmaking, and the surveying of agriculture and crops. In the past century, drone technology has advanced users’ abilities to extensively view objects and landscapes below, as well as to detect changes in environmental conditions. Features including biological and chemical sensors, electromagnetic spectrum sensors, and infrared cameras make these detailed observations possible. While legal and ethical concerns have been raised by many over the prospect of constantly being monitored by these vehicles, new civil aviation programs and experiments that include drones reflect a growing use of the technology. There are not yet concrete applications for teaching and learning, but the continuous progress of drones in the military and consumer sectors make them compelling to watch closely over the next few years.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Rapid integration taking place in teaching and learning. Lots of potential for science, math and misc fieldwork. - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Nov 14, 2016
  • At Rothaugen skole in Bergen they have done amazin things with drones. They hav integrated working with drones into many subjects as for instance 1- mathematics and coding 2- religion and ethics. The teacher who has been responsible for this is Terje Pedersen @terjepe on twitter This is a link to his work - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Oct 21, 2016 http://blogg.iktsenteret.no/content/20141010/droner-i-undervisningen-pa-rothaugen-skole
  • - morten.soby morten.soby Nov 13, 2016students from Rothaugen at Nordic@BETT:

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  • At Stockholm University at the teacher education programme for preschool we have a 3-week course where students make a digital production. In this production, some of them have used drones. They have recorded the preschools surroundings for children to get the larger picture and talk about geography, maps, scale, perspectives and so on. Together with Google Earth this was a great tool for exploration with the pre-schoolers. - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander
  • It is important that we connect learning technology to the real world, and drones are used i.e. in defence forces, police work, measuring for architects and builders, cartography, etc. Teachers should work closely with local sectors to implement real life use of drones for their students - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 14, 2016
  • Use of drones gives students a practical (and not only theoretical) idea of coding. They can have an idea of what to code and then try it out => Learning by doing or Trial and error in a small scale jette.risgaard- jette.risgaard jette.risgaard Nov 14, 2016
  • - tero.rynka tero.rynka Dec 4, 2016They are also great on many projects concerning biology, physics and geography. Can also be used on social studies.

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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  • In schools drones are fun to code yourself. Make them move in specific patterns and soforth. - sven.o.brekke sven.o.brekke Oct 21, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • I can see a potential impact of this technology on learning and creative inquiry in how children can understand maps and scale in subjects such as Mathematics and Geography. - susanne.kjallander susanne.kjallander
  • Use of drones give opportunities for students to work with practical math, both in simple geometry and measurement, and in using more advanced algorithms. - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 14, 2016
  • - tero.rynka tero.rynka Dec 4, 2016Can give literally a new perspective on ie. local ecosystems and how they work on different times of year.

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