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Drone Technology and Applications in the Classroom

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Wednesday, June 26, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: 126AB

Christopher Salber  
I was tasked to integrate drone technology in the classroom. The school had purchased Parrot, RubiQ and Mavic Pro drones. From September thru December, I instructed students on the history of flight and explored the future of flight using hands-on activities with drones to enhance their experience.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: NearPod
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We will explore as a group the effectiveness of drones as a medium to teach middle school students about the engineering design process and providing them with skills that they may be able to use in the future as a drone operator.
We will explore a variety of lessons that were used from September - December of the 2018 school year as well as student products.
We will review the products the students were able to develop in their flight designs, which served as the final product in their drone design course.


The entire presentation will be completed on a Nearpod and will be designed to be interactive with numerous opportunities for feedback.
Since much of what I would be presenting has not been completed yet a rough outline would include:

Introduction and task presented to me in June/July - 5 minutes
Planning process - 2 minutes
Review of resources and student body - 3-5 minutes
Class exceptions and goals - 3-5 minutes
Challenges and short comings - 3 minutes
Lessons plan and rational - 5-8 minutes
Integrating drones into the process and their purpose - 10-15 minutes
student reaction, projects and feedback from students - 15 minutes
review of the project, results and recommendations - 10 minutes
audience feedback/questions

Supporting research

I have not found much material on anyone doing a course in the manner I currently am teaching. Discovery Drones has been instrumental in providing me relevant and meaningful lessons that can assist in providing students with a solid understanding of drones.

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Christopher Salber, Windsor Mill Middle School

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