Where does Lego Robotics fit into Education Presented by Dawn Crawford 19 May 2012
GDE Vision and MissionOur vision: ensure every learner does well at school andleaves our institutions with the knowledge, skills andqualifications that will give them the best chance ofsuccess in adult life.Our Mission: to ensure quality learning and teachingtake place in the classroom everyday.
The FOUR KEY PRIORITIESGoal 1: Ensuring that Gauteng has effective schools and learning institutions.Goal 2 : GDE Head Office and Districts – Providing relevant, coordinated and effective support.Goal 3 : Enable young people to make the transition from school to further education and or work/employment that provides further training opportunities.Goal 4 : Strengthen partnerships with all stakeholders, resulting in education becoming a societal priority.
National Curriculum Statement Critical Outcomes (until 2014) Aims of CAPS (from 2012)•identify and solve problems and make decisions usingcritical and creative thinking;• work effectively as individuals and with others as members of a team;• organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively;• collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information;
National Curriculum Statement Critical Outcomes (until 2014) Aims of CAPS (from 2012) (cont.)•communicate effectively using visual, symbolicand/or language skills in various modes;•use science and technology effectively and criticallyshowing responsibility towards the environment andthe health of others; and• demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
Use of Lego in the Classroom• Links to all of the critical outcomes or aims• Foundation phase benefits include:• Crossing the midline,• Improved fine motor skills,• A variety of vocabulary, language and mathematics benefits• Theme sets offer language linked to the specific theme• Language and mathematics benefits cross all bands of education : GET, FET and into Tertiary education.• Team work and collaboration are constantly evident• Problem solving is constantly taking place as learners develop solutions to open ended problems.
Use of Lego in the Classroom cont.Concepts addressed through Lego include:Mathematics :• Counting• Measuring• Colour• Shape• Mathematic vocabularyScience and technology:• Wheels and Axles• Pivots and Hinges• Gears and Pulleys• Science and Technology vocabularySocial Science• Hemispheres• Equator• Shape of continents and related vocabulary
Developing 21st Century skillsFor our learners to compete globally we must develop 21st Century skills,These include the following skills:
How do we go about introducing these skills? Through RoboticsRobotic incorporates all of the specific outcomes oraims in the curriculum and all of the 21st Century skills
Why participate in WRO and FLL?• Scientific method• Design Process• Research• Solve real life problems• 21st Century skills• Excellent values and attitudes• Develop the whole child: Cognitive, Physical and Affective/emotional• Introduction to programming leading to advanced programming skills• Introduction to artificial intelligence
Knowing a programming language will be the new literacy in the 21st Century(Marc Perensky, Edutopia on line journal linked to the George Lucas Foundation)
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