For the last technology lab of the year, I provided the first graders with several options: Ozobots, Osmo Coding, and links on my website (TVS TechnoWizards).
As I walked around the room interacting with the kids, I came upon two students who were working on creating paths for their Ozobots. They were each working on their own paper so I asked, “What do you think might happen if you joined the papers?”
The reaction was great! One of those “wow” moments as they scooted their papers together! Then came the sweet words of children . . .
Child 1: “Wow! You’re really smart!”
Child 2: “Yeah, you are REALLY smart!”
Child 1: “I wish I could have you as my computer teacher in college.”
Teaching doesn’t get much better than that!
Last week I started something new with the 4th graders – Fantastic Fridays. On the board, I wrote a list of activities. Some were things they’ve done before but never seemed to get tired of it. Others were completely new.
- Osmo – a unique way to physically interact with the iPad
- Ozoblockly – drag and drop programming to use with Ozobots
- Kodable – programming curriculum for elementary students
- Know Your States – an excellent interactive game to learn where the states are located.
- Sugar, Sugar – a fabulous problem-solving activity
The students were SO engaged! Yes, there is a time when you have to teach skills but choosing your learning is critical! We, as teachers, must make time for that as well. Be sure to walk around and listen in on conversations – the dialog, the problem-solving, the planning is amazing!
The girl who was using Ozoblockly even returned after school so that she could show her sister what she’d done in class.
She also wanted me to video her Ozobots dancing in tandem. Here they are:
The last question the students asked as they exited the lab was, “May we please do this again?”
And, yes, we most definitely will!