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    Tessa Gray
    The Beebot Junior adventure
    27 November
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    What does, In authentic contexts... with end users in mind look like for juniors and computational thinking? Here's the recipe...

    • Take some juniors >>>
    • Mix them up in a group >>>
    • Create and decorate an adventure play board >>>
    • Introduce some Beebots >>>
    • Write some instructions >>>
    • Programme the Beebots >>>
    • Watch the language flow! 
    • Add a problem (collect and deliver cargo) >>>
    • Throw in some design thinking (ideating, prototyping) >>>
    • Design and develop some digital outcomes (Beebot trailer/wagon with 3D printer) >>>
    • Use some creative problem solving and debugging skills and...

    Voilā you get Year 1-3 documentary winners for the MADE (Media and Digital Excellence) awards 2018 from Rāwhiti School (Christchurch). Amazing!!

    What do you think of this junior school example?

    Nice observations @James.Robson, I agree a video worth sharing for so many reasons.

    Sometimes an authentic context comes together so well and really works and other times we're stuck for good ideas...somewhere in there sharing great ideas for authentic contexts is also going to help with integrating DDDO and CT. After all, that just looks like so much fun!

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Feb 8

        Nice observations James Robson, I agree a video worth sharing for so many reasons.

        Sometimes an authentic context comes together so well and really works and other times we're stuck for good ideas...somewhere in there sharing great ideas for authentic contexts is also going to help with integrating DDDO and CT. After all, that just looks like so much fun!

        • James Robson
          By James Robson
          Jan 30

          Inspiring video!  It shows that imagination and creativity can go along way. The children where fully engaged and the learning was seamlessly integrated across the curriculum. I liked how the children made story cards about where bee bot was going. The stories gave purpose to bee bots travels and it related back to the children's experiences. It was also great to see older children participating in the project. Ka pai, Rāwhiti School! I will share this video with the junior teachers at Forrest Hill School.   

          • Ngā Kiriahi
            By Ngā Kiriahi
            Dec 19

            Wow @Katrina.Laurie this is a fantastic example of 'In authentic contexts...with end users in mind' in terms of road users and road safety. Another great example of kiwi ingenuity at it's best, thanks so much for sharing. smiley

            I think some of us might be wondering what to do with a Sphero or any robots for that matter, if we limit the lessons to coding without putting a problem-solving lens into the exercise. If anyone has other lesson sequences using robots to complete challenges or wero, we'd love to hear/see more.

            • Katrina Laurie
              By Katrina Laurie
              Dec 18

              Really inspired by this learning story! What an amazing outcome that showcases junior students collaborating, communicating, being creative, critically thinking (problem solving), computational thinking- this list could go on. 

              I created a Road Safety project that is similar to parts of the learning process the students used from Rāwhiti School. Sphero Road Safety. This could be used with other robots. 

              Thanks for sharing this Tessa and to the teachers and students at Rāwhiti, this is awesome :)

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