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 (not true:, we used a drone earlier today - Ellef.fange.gjelstad Ellef.fange.gjelstad Nov 26, 2014), 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?

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

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

  • Being accurate in instructions and order they should be performed in (algorithmic thinking), is an important competence in scientific work and mathematics. In addition, by manipulating parameters such as speed, angles, rotation and height quickly visualize a number of concepts from mathematics.- morten.soby morten.soby Dec 7, 2014- vibeke.klovstad vibeke.klovstad Dec 7, 2014
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Rothaugen school, Hordaland, won education the innovation award from the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education. Through interdisciplinary projects the school show how drone technology can be integrated into subjects to increase student engagement and motivation.Check out video.- morten.soby morten.soby Nov 24, 2014
  • Nydalen Videregående Skole is using drones in physics.
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