Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How do you keep your skin healthy?

Scratch Coding and Makey Makey in action with Ella.

Having Skin in the Game!

Students were sent an assignment outline with a specific set of criteria in order to study Human Skin.
They researched and recorded information in written form on the back their task card. They then used Scratch to code and record their responses.  Makey Makey was attached and - Voila! - everything you need to know about skin is at your fingertips.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Buzzing Through the Season's - Miss Strano's class

We worked on programming Buzzy and Daisy to travel to different seasons on our grid. Once we found out way to a season, students had to share something they have learned about that season and the changes that occur.

Learning at Bring It Together 17

As part of our TLLP journey, our team recently went to Bring It Together 17, Ontario’s premier educational technology conference. 

One of the highlights was learning about how to develop a STAT (Student Technology Assistance Team) in our school. The premise behind this is that a technology assistance team made up of trained students, can be booked by appointment to assist with technology in classes as needed, both as an assistant for teachers and students. 

The benefits of having a STAT:

  • Support for Students- Enables and supports student responsibility, initiative, and self-regulation.
  • Support for Staff - Providing practical “how to” support
  • The Big Idea behind it is that students and staff will feel more supported, comfortable and confident with technology.
Our Plan:
We are starting our STAT by sending out a survey to address they types of tech. support needed in our classrooms. Then we will combine a team of both trained and interested students. We are planning to have a booth in set up in the school where teachers can go to book an appointment and students can use the in and out drop boxes to ask questions and get answers. We are hoping to make technology more comfortable and accessible for everyone. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Beebots Go To Gym

The students had fun navigating the Beebots through obstacles in the gym.

What's My Number in Pitre - grade 4/5

Students used knowledge of place value to determine a mystery number. They found different representations of that number then coded the Beebot to travel to each number on a grid.

Monday, November 6, 2017

October 23-25 BeeBots

Mrs. Kolowicz's grade 4 class worked on a math task that involved using their math knowledge to find a magic number on a grid. They then used a coding sheet to program how they would have their BeeBots travel from one number to another on a corresponding grid on the floor. Students practiced playing with the BeeBots as well as programming its movements on the iPad's before getting together in groups to see if their codes worked. After some trial and error in each group, it worked! Success! The students we so engaged and excited throughout the process. Can't wait to try another task!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Grade 4's Accept the Challenge and Join the Wonder League Robotics Competition

Grade 4 students were eager to accept the challenge and worked on Mission One of the Wonder League's Robotics Challenge.  Students had the task of moving around the grid while avoiding predetermined obstacles.  Points are given for the number of squares travelled through, lights, sounds and extra effects as well as the ability to code in both Blockly and the Wonder App

The Wonder League Robotics Competition includes three challenges, each one broken down into three missions.  Students have until February 2018 to submit their responses in the hopes of being selected among 1000 teams competing for the final challenge.  

Click HERE to learn more about the Challenges and how you can get your students to participate.

Friday, October 27, 2017

3D Models Talk Dental

Click HERE for Actual Task Card.  Feel free to "MAKE A COPY" and recreate it for your classroom.

Do You Hear Buzzing?

Mrs. Pitre's grade 4/5 class and Mrs. Kolowicz's grade 4 class were bee-zy teaching math with Beebots today. Stay tuned for Lessons!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

St. Rose is going FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Staff and students at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School in Windsor, Ontario are excited to go FULL STEAM AHEAD in 2017/2018.  After applying and being accepted for a TLLP (Teacher Learning and Leadership Program), teachers have committed to identifying and sharing ways that they are embedding coding and robotics into their classroom curriculum.

Teachers will be embedding the Scratch Coding app, Beebots, Dash & Dot Robots, and Makey Makey kits into their curriculum and sharing their experiences and task cards for each activity on this blog. 

Students in Mrs. Sidi's Grade 3 class began experimenting with length using Beebots.    Students were instantly engaged as they worked collaboratively to determine how far the Beebot travelled with each move began building their track.

Click HERE to access the Bees on Track Task Card.  Please feel free to "make a copy" and make it your own.  We would love for you to share your version back with us in the comments below.

Each group tackled the challenge in a slightly different way.  Groups shared their thinking on paper and recorded their code on THIS WORKSHEET prior to programming Buzzy.

Once students calculated the distance travelled by a single command, they applied their understanding of multiplication and addition to create the right size track for the challenge.  They were eager to make variations of the track and include tunnels and additional turns.  The students worked collaboratively to write and debug their code to complete the challenge.

** This activity could also be run using Dash (Wonder Workshop) and Sphero.