In the end, a very small unit of a couple of lessons had a big impact on students. The video below was a culminating project of sorts.
Connecting with Classroom Content
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Students had never used the Ozobots before, so I felt a lesson getting them familiar with the robots was necessary. The Basic Training lessons have plenty of good ideas for introducing students to the robots. Students learnt the features of the robot, how to calibrate it and use colour codes to control it. Identifying how similar robots are used in the real world was an especially nice connection to make and helped students relate to the independent problem solving tasks in the lesson where they had to get Ozobot to the shop and then have him deliver goods to a certain part of a warehouse.
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The evidence spoke for itself when it came time to share our learning. It was clear that the experience had stuck with students and the understandings they had developed were meaningful. Students used digital inking in the Photos app on Windows 10 devices to annotate onto the videos they had previously captured. Several went further and added post production elements like sound and titles. The final step was to add their video to their Digital Technologies Portfolio on the Class Dojo Student Story. Parents were impressed and responded with lovely comments.
This series of lessons turned into a really successful learning experience, which has a lot of potential to be expanded upon or applied to other celestial events. Learning went beyond meeting Science objectives, covering coding and elements from the General Capabilities.
You can check out the collection of lessons for Ozobots here. I highly recommend them!
If you have Ozobots in your classroom, I'd love to hear about how you have used them. Please leave a comment below!