There are many ways we can create learning environments for our students that will help develop their thinking and problem-solving skills. While I spend a lot of time working with technology and Web 2.0, I am fortunate to hear from my colleague, Nicole, about another technology approach – that is beaut for young kids!!!
Welcome to the world of Freddie the Bee-Bot! It is worth reading and absorbing the developing story of Bee-Bots Downunder, as youngsters in our schools engage in collaborative thinking and co-operation about their learning while they program Bee-Bot action.
A Bee Bot is a visually attractive, audible easily handleable programmable floor robot which can be used to support the development of skills in a wide range of areas. It allows learners to give a range of instructions from simple to more complex. It can be used for the development of fine motor skills by using the directional buttons. It can support imaginative play through the use of commercial or school designed covers. It allows learners to demonstrate skills in ways that a traditional approach would not support.
Nicole created a blog to keep a record of the learning these kids are doing. Nicole explains:
The children work collaboratively, and through their own experiences develop and use positional language, problem posing and solving skills and the ability to work co-operatively to achieve a goal. It is important that the students use whatever strategies that are meaningful to them to solve the problem.
Keep an eye on the developing achievements of our Bee-Bot kids at Bee-Bots Downunder. Fantastic work Nicole and team!