All Lower School students have had a chance to collaborate this year to program a KIBO robot in Spark, our Makerspace. During their visit, students were introduced to the definition of a robot and the concept of programming. These robot themed books were helpful to introduce the unit in the classroom:
In addition, students were exposed to the engineering design process since their challenge was to:
KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. In pairs, students created a sequence of instructions (a program) using the wooden KIBO blocks.
They scan the blocks with the KIBO body to tell the robot what to do. Next, they pressed the button and the robot came alive (See video below).
If you would like to learn more, check out this interesting article
about how to teach KIBO to young children in early education that appeared in The Economist.
To help families navigate issues related to parenting and technology we have listed many realities, issues and solutions in the parent section of this blog including:
- Useful resources and suggestions
- Tips and Strategies for Parents
- Helpful Settings and Distraction Tips
- Internet skills our kids should learn
To access this information click here or you can click the Parent link on the upper navigation bar. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the Tech Department.
Check out our recent Tech Dept. blog post about our new Makerspace over on the Pike Perspectives blog:
An Innovative Idea Sparks to Life
You can now add rubrics to assignments in eBackpack. Get the details here.
If you missed the Technology FAQ before back to school night last night, have no fear. All the information covered can be found under the Parents tab on this site. Hover over Parents and click the link “Upper School Parent Technology Information”
eBackpack added some useful features over the summer. Click here to learn about Pre-Staging assignments and upcoming webinars to help get you back into the swing of things.
Remember the choose your own adventure books? You can make choose your adventure stories using Google Apps tools like Docs or YouTube. Click here to see a really cool choose your own adventure YouTube video. Want to get the nuts and bolts of how to create these stories? The following Google Presentation has directions and examples of how to make and use choose your own adventures stories in your classroom. Here is an example created by a 3rd grade class.
I hope everyone is taking time this summer to set down their devices and enjoy the outdoors and each other. You might also be looking for some quite time activities for yourself or your kids. Edsurge has put together a Teaching Kids to <CODE> guide with lots of great resources around learning to code. They encourage all ages to learn to code, as they argue it is the new literacy. Scroll down the page and you will find an excellent write up of 50+ tools to learn to code, many of them free.