There are several types of robots which have become popular in classrooms over the past few years. They include Dash and Dot, Spheros and Ozobot. Each of these has different benefits and your own creativity is the limit for how it might be used in your classroom, but here is some information on them and ideas for them to hopefully inspire you to try something new.
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The strength of these devices is in their ability to allow students to experience inquiry and project-based learning. They can be used in a variety of ways, from being a pawn that moves through a review game, to an exercise in communication on the steps involved in a process. Consider the concepts you are teaching this year and ask, “How could this be a tool in my classroom?”
Not every kid needs to learn to code. Not every kid will work in STEM fields someday. But every kid is inspired when you use 21st century technologies in their learning. If you are interested in using the Spheros set of 12 that we already have in the library, please let me know and I would be happy to loan them to you or work with you on using them in the classroom.
|Two middle school students program their Sphero to follow the line|