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?

  • We need to rethink our math curriculum and possibly look at this as a tool for learning similar to the way we look at other learning tools, such as Word, Powerpoint, iMovie, Photoshop, etc. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Feb 7, 2015 Yes! - Sam Sam Feb 13, 2015Great tool for Math and possibly science - oysteinjohannessen oysteinjohannessen Feb 20, 2015
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It may be used to advance STEM education. "And when considering STEM education, drones have all four bases covered."
http://www.govtech.com/education/Drone-Technology-Advancements-Yield-New-Education-Opportunities-.html- jmorrison jmorrison Feb 6, 2015
  • Wasn't so long ago that I scoffed at the idea of drones, but now I've seen the proverbial light! ;) It's the amazing success of our Robotics Program that has changed my mind. This all ties in with the Maker Movement, STEM/STEAM, etc., of course. Kids are fascinated by drones...which means they'll learn and actually be excited about it! I'm shopping for drones now...I'd prefer that kids be able to design their own, like with Legos. Might be able to reverse engineer an existing drone and just use the engine. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open. A programmable drone will be the ultimate, and I want a Phenox ASAP (see the link in #2). In the meantime, we can study physics, math, etc., just by plotting trajectories and otherwise having fun buzzing administrators' windows, taking video of them goofing off. ;) - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 8, 2015 completely agree. - digitalroberto digitalroberto Feb 21, 2015
  • I see big possibilities for video production classes, sports, and math. I believe in a few years drone competitions are going to be a part of robotics competitions. The interest all students show in drones is too high for it to not become a powerful part of curriculum. - digitalroberto digitalroberto Feb 21, 2015
- lisagustinelli lisagustinelli Feb 9, 2015lisa Drones are here and will be here to stay. Students are being encouraged to use math, physics and engineering principles to make learning authentic. Again, this technology requires collaboration. Students work together to plan and execute their project.
  • In this area US is a few steps ahead of Europe. I have mostly notitised drones as toys. I Denmark there have been experiments with the use in computer science education in upper secondary education (Parrot Quadricopter). Drones certainly have a potential for educational use. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Feb 10, 2015
  • - kevin-johnson kevin-johnson Feb 13, 2015Drones are booming in society, and kids should be exposed to this - just as robots. Drones fit right into Flight units that occur around Grade 6 for most kids; of course in JH or High School Physics the fit is even better.
  • I agree. If nothing more drones will be front line news for a log time to come. The ethics of this type of technology is an important consideration. (- tbrandenburg tbrandenburg Feb 21, 2015)
  • Drones provide a unique perspective of campuses not available in another manner. We're beginning to film our schools to highlight high levels of student wifi use/congreation and showcase data from our network monitoring software to illustrate use. It's a stunning visual for Board and Cabinet to get them further invested in why technology and network funding are important. - digitalroberto digitalroberto Feb 21, 2015

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

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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