Exploring BlueBots & Coding with EY-G5

Last month our school received a new shipment of BlueBots…the 2015 version of the former BeeBots. These bots have only just been released and provide the added feature of being programmable via an iPad (using BlueTooth). The bots also have a transparent cover, allowing children to see the computer inside as it works. Otherwise, it…

Coding with 3 year-olds & BeeBots

This week, as a belated #hourofcode (which we hosted in December), the Early Years 1 classes explored BeeBots for the first time. BeeBots is basically a programmable robot where arrows and a ‘GO’ button tell the BeeBot where to move. Introductory Video from Youtube: What is it? How does it work? The class teacher decided to take…

G4 Google eBooks: Force & Simple Machines UOI

Introducing Google eBooks! Great for: grade 2 and up who have google accounts classes with shared laptops (or 1:1 laptops) no iPad classrooms (therefore limited book creation apps) low tech students; language learning; learning support needs (collaborative element takes pressure off individual performance) pre-cursor for more complex eBook creation apps (ex: iBooks Author; Keynote etc) Why…

Blogging with 6 Year Olds

Why Blogs? real-world application of all strands of literacy encouraging reluctant writers/readers creative space for students to share learning modelling digital citizenship student authorship global connections exploring features of different texts showcasing learning creating links between home-school expanding classroom walls fostering pride and independence in students Not convinced? Read THIS  Day 1: Introducing Easy Blogger Jr. to Grade…

UOI eBooks in Grade 1

What skills do students learn through eBook creation? In Grade 1, students are working on a How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry. They are investigating private and public spaces and looking at what brings people together. During the collaborative planning meeting, teachers discussed a way to document their progress during the unit and we…

Furry Friend Speaking App: EY and EAL

As an international PYP school, we cater to many non-English speakers. To encourage some of these non-native English speakers to participate and engage with the class community in Early Years, we introduced an app called Furry Friend. This interactive app is great for engaging young students in simple play and conversation. Students can play independently…