Session 6!

In this session we looked at three types of technology that can be used in the classroom. We were then given the chance to split up into small groups and try out the three different things and come up with ideas for how they could be used in the class.

This is a picture of the first piece of technology we were introduced to, it is called Raspberry Pi. It is a small device that acts as a computer. It has two usb ports for connecting a mouse and keyboard, a HDMI cable to connect to a display monitor, an ethernet port for the internet and various other connection points to add extras to your experience of Raspberry Pi. The extras that can be added include things such as cameras and LED display boards, they can be purchased online. The system runs on Linux and the cost for a raspberry pi ranges from around £25-£30. They are small devices that can easily be moved around and set up in different places and also give pupils the opportunity to see the inside of a computer and the different physical components.

The second piece of technology was Lego WeDo. This is made up of a computer programme and physical lego pieces. There will be a story and tutorial on the computer and the pupils must then construct the model required. This connects to the computer and by creating a sequence of actions on the computer the model will move and make sounds. This is a fun way for pupils to learn about coding and gives them the opportunity to follow instructions and physically create something.

The last thing we looked at was MaKey Makey. this is something that can fascinate pupils and be used in various different ways. It is a small piece that is made up of cables and a control board. 

If you watch the video above it shows how this piece can be used to create a piano using fruit! PEople have caught onto this idea and used Scratch to create many different games and activities that can be used alongside MaKey MaKey. This could be used in music lessons as well as ICT and is bound to grab the attention of every member of the class.

Session 4! Bee Bots.

In this session we experimented with different activities to do with coding.

We chose to settle with Bee Bots. These are electronic devices that can be easily programmed by pupils to move in certain directions. These can then be used to do a range of activities. We came up with the idea of getting the pupils to make their bee bots move in directions that would take them from their current location to the school hall.

They could create maps on A1 pieces of paper and make their bee bots travel along it. This then links into geography (map work) and maths (co-ordinates).

There is also a Bee Bot app for ipads which allows the children to do certain tasks and travel their way through mazes and obstacles interactively.

During this session I also created a Tag Cloud using the Widgets option.