Bee-Bots at MacICT: Project overview 2010


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The Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT) is located at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. It is a collaborative agreement between the NSW Department of Education (DET) and Macquarie University which provides the opportunity for NSW DET schools access to the use of innovative technologies in teaching and learning.

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Bee-Bots at MacICT: Project overview 2010

  1. 1. MacICT Bee-Bots at MacICT 2010
  2. 2. Project Outcomes The Bee-Bot is an exciting programmable floor robot for the beginner learner and serves as an effective way to introduce students to programming, cause and effect, directional control, estimation, problem solving and basic angles. What are Bee-Bots?
  3. 3. Project Outcomes Bee-Bots are a cross-curriculum tool for learning. They encourage the acquisition and consolidation of literacy and numeracy in younger students who are actively engaged whilst exploring the capability of these simple robots in various problem-solving contexts. How can Bee-Bots be used?
  4. 4. Project Outcomes Teachers use online spaces to share student learning with Bee-Bots. Project Focus:
  5. 5. Research <ul><li>How do emerging technologies support pedagogical skills and collegial engagement of teachers while using simple robotic toys? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do participating teachers use Web2 tools in the classroom? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do students use Bee-Bots in the acquisition and consolidation of multiliteracies? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do students lead the learning of others with student-designed learning activities? </li></ul></ul>Research Questions:
  6. 6. Project Description <ul><li>Attempted well-structured and well-presented tasks that are achievable, differentiated, technology focused and engaging; </li></ul><ul><li>Interacted productively and autonomously with peers and student mentor/buddies to achieve the outcomes of written communication using the discussion element of the online tool; </li></ul>At the end of the project students will have: <ul><li>Recognised, described and continued patterns that increase or decrease; </li></ul><ul><li>Given and followed simple directions and described position using everyday language; </li></ul><ul><li>Numeracy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial awareness e.g. positional language </li></ul>Cooperative learning
  7. 7. Project Description <ul><li>At the end of the project students will have: </li></ul><ul><li>Communicated with peers and known adults in structured and unstructured situations dealing briefly with familiar topics; </li></ul><ul><li>Generated own ideas and designs through trial and error, play, modeling and making; </li></ul><ul><li>Identified and used a Bee-Bot, Focus on Bee-Bot Software, materials and other resources when undertaking exploration and production. </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Student-designed learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant cross curricula outcomes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Project Description <ul><li>At the end of the project teachers will have: </li></ul><ul><li>accessed MacICT support to learn new skills; </li></ul><ul><li>established a professional network with Bee-Bots as the focus; </li></ul><ul><li>contributed to Bertie Bee-Bot’s Blog by adopting, adapting and designing tasks which use the Bee-Bot to engage students in cross-curriculum learning; </li></ul><ul><li>built confidence to use a Bee-Bot, Focus on Bee-Bot Software, materials and other resources when designing and presenting cross-curriculum tasks; </li></ul><ul><li>built confidence to use a selection of emerging technologies in the classroom. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Project Outcomes <ul><li>Report on the number of student-designed learning activities; </li></ul><ul><li>Report on the nature of student-designed learning activities; </li></ul><ul><li>Report on the uptake of student-designed learning activities by other students; </li></ul>Project Outcomes <ul><li>Report on the ways participating teachers use the online tool; </li></ul><ul><li>Report on the ways participating teachers share classroom experiences e.g.. using digital images, online social networking tools; </li></ul><ul><li>Report on student use of Bee-Bot in acquisition and consolidation of multiliteracies. </li></ul>The MacICT team aims to:
  10. 10. Research <ul><li>Email: </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 9850 4310 </li></ul>Contact us @ MacICT via: [email_address]
  11. 11. Thank You Disclaimer The ideas expressed in this artefact are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect represent  the ideas  of the NSW Department of Education and Training. Printed/Published 2010 Published by Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Building C5B Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109 Australia © Copyright subject to the operation of the Copyright Act 1968, vested in the Crown in the right of the State of New South Wales. <ul><li>RESTRICTED WAIVER OF COPYRIGHT The printed material in this publication is subject to a restricted waiver of the copyright to allow photocopying of the material contained in this publication for use within a school, subject to the conditions set out below. </li></ul><ul><li>All copies of the printed material shall be made without alteration and abridgement and must retain acknowledgement of the copyright. </li></ul><ul><li>The school or college shall not sell, hire or otherwise derive revenue from copies of the material, nor distribute copies of the material for any other purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>The restricted waiver of copyright is not transferable and may be withdrawn in the case of breach of any of these conditions. </li></ul>