|The Tello EDU can be used in drone education, coding classes, and CTE programs to help educators facilitate well-rounded STEAM learning. |
1. Due to its light weight, the drone should be used indoors or on windless days.
2. The Tello EDU can be programmed using Scratch, Swift, or Python.
3. Be sure to keep a strong Wi-Fi connection to your drone throughout all flights.
4. The drone can be flown and programmed with the Tello or Tello EDU app.
5. The flight time of the Tello EDU is pretty strong at roughly 13 minutes.
6. It comes as a single drone with accessories or in a 5-pack, 10-pack, or 20-pack.
The Tello EDU drone provides a ton of educational value in its versatility, affordability, programming options, and potential integration in remote and hybrid learning environments. The drone is incredibly compact and the various packs include helpful accessories for flying the drone in the right environment. Students can use the Tello EDU mobile app to create custom programs for their drone to execute or try the Tello app for additional STEM learning opportunities. Once paired with a device through the Tello EDU app, students can also easily control the aircraft using the on-screen joystick and add new levels of excitement to learning with up to 13 minutes of continuous flight time on a variety of compatible devices.
Tello EDU App:
Use of the Tello EDU app requires iOS 9.0+. It is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad mini 4, and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular. For use with Android devices, Android OS 4.4+ is required.
To use the DroneBlocks app, devices must be running iOS 9.0+. The app is compatible with iPhones and iPads. For use with Android devices, Android 4.4+ is required. The DroneBlocks Chrome OS extension is also available.
The Tello EDU app is the best way for students to explore different types of coding with the Tello EDU and it provides extensive educational applications. Within the Tello EDU app, there are different programming options, including Scratch, Swift, and Python. For younger students and those who are new to coding, Scratch is block-based and the simplest of the three Tello EDU coding languages. Swift is a bit more complex and Python is the most complex option – likely reserved for older students with prior programming experience since it requires them to write text code as opposed to dragging and dropping code blocks into their programs.
Once all safety checks have been performed, students can then use the Tello EDU in STEM lessons. They’ll be able to choose from three different main flight modes of the Tello, which include manual mode, attitude mode, and its intelligent flight modes. In its manual mode, students can use the virtual joysticks within the app to control the Tello EDU’s flight path, including its orientation, forward and backward movements, altitude, and lateral movements. They can also select the speed they want for their Tello – slow (up to 8.9 mph) or fast (up to 17.8 mph).
Attitude mode is something that’s put in place in case conditions change while the drone is in the air. It will automatically activate in the event that the drone’s vision positioning system becomes unavailable and results in the drone being unable to position itself in the air. This means that it can become easily affected by aerial conditions like weather and it should be landed as quickly as possible in a safe location.
Then, we have the Tello EDU’s intelligent flight modes, which include bounce mode, 8D flips, and Throw & Go. To use any of these modes in piloting the Tello EDU, students should first make sure that the drone’s battery level is at least 50 percent full. When bounce mode is activated, the drone will automatically fly up and down above any flat surface and increase its height if it detects a new object beneath it, such as your hand, or anything else. In its 8D flips mode, the Tello will automatically flip in one of eight different possible directions. And, in Throw & Go mode, students would be able to toss their drone in the air to launch it – a pretty cool wrinkle and a unique feature to drones that are used in education settings.
If you’re interested in one (or more) of the Tello EDU drones, head over to our store to see the different options. We offer an individual Tello EDU Kit, Small Classroom Kit, Medium Classroom Kit, and Large Classroom Kit as well as the virtual DroneBlocks professional development for educators to get more familiar with teaching with Tello’s. If you’d like to check out our other drones and accessories for STEM education, you can find them on our store as well. And, if you have any questions regarding drones, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more EdTech Tips & Tricks!