These Grade 2 (!) students are learning to code by using tech toys such as Bee Bots, Ozobots, and Awbie. We are grateful for the district ADST grant and PAC funds for supporting this venture at Ellison. Also, a huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Kurio for ordering these materials, taking the time to learn how to use them, teaching the coding lessons to our students, and redesigning the look and purpose of the library.
Bee-Bot is an exciting little robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!
Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put Bee-Bot through its paces. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands which send Bee-Bot forward, back, left, and right. Pressing the green GO button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks and beeps at the conclusion of each command to allow children to follow Bee-Bot through the program they have entered and then confirms its completion with lights and sound. Children want to use Bee-Bot over and over and are inspired to enter ever more creative and complex command sequences.
Check out the house of sticks made by the second little pig, the three bears' cottage, and bear dens. We're learning about making cool stuff, but we're also learning about not giving up and trying different strategies when things aren't working the way we imagined.
Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas. They can also expand on a thought, project, idea and interest.
Provocations can come in many forms:
At Ellison, we're making all kinds of videos with a cool app called Chatterpix. We're learning digital literacy skills and having fun doing it! Keep checking back for new videos.