Education

Robot Reinformcement
10:35 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cyber Teachers

Credit Virginia State University

Most educators agree that kids learn best when teachers tailor their approach, working one-on-one with students, but it’s too expensive for every child to have his or her own teacher. 

Now, however, a Virginia psychologist is hoping to create a computer that can teach individualized lessons, adjusting speed and content based on a student’s face.  

Could we create talking, thinking robots to work in our classrooms – providing individualized instruction?  Could a computer be taught to tell when a student is losing focus or getting confused?

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From the Ground Up
4:06 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT's Design-Build Laboratory

Architects spend a fair amount of time putting pencils to paper and building small models of what they’d like to construct – but how do they know their designs will work in the real world, and what does it take to get something built.  That’s what Virginia Tech hopes to teach in a whole new way.  It’s called a Design-Build Laboratory,  it’s gaining favor at schools around the country.
 

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VT College of Architecture & Urban Studies
3:56 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VT Students Design & Build Clifton Forge Ampitheater

Chuck Almirez/Virginia Tech

To be an architect used to mean being involved in every aspect of a project-- from drawings to ribbon cutting. But like most modern professions, architecture has become specialized and more segmented.  Students in a unique design/build program at Virginia Tech do it the old-fashioned way though-- and their efforts won them the American Architects 2012 Building of the Year Award.

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Book End Generations
4:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Spanning the Ages; The Intergenerational Program at Virginia Tech

Tim Mowry and a child finger paint with Shannon Jarrott

The youngest and the oldest people in our communities sometimes find themselves marginalized. 

Often they are seen in terms of what they take from society, because of what they cannot yet do, or what they can no longer do.

But Shannon Jarrott, who teaches human development at Virginia Tech, wants to change that using collaboration as her prime approach. Twice a week kids from Virginia Tech’s Child Development Center for Learning and research, a preschool program based at the University, get together with elders from the Adjacent Adult Day Services.

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48-hour writing contest
3:05 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Roanoke Pulp & Paper Fiction Contest

Each year come spring, Roanoke's private Community High School presents its Marginal Arts Festival-- a downtown celebration of the creative process, more so than the creative object. Organizers say it's the fire...not the grate.

This year, as part of the festival, a new group emerges-- Roanoke Pulp and Paper-- dedicated to flipping the publishing model on its ear....at least in just one community.

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