“Look Teacher…No Hands!”

Is it ever ‘too soon’ to take the training wheels off? “Change Tomorrow Today” is the 2017 title for our Grade 5 Exhibition at UWCSEA. But I’ve been wondering…how might teachers use this mantra in our own pedagogy? Can we change TODAY to better prepare students for TOMORROW?   Although I’ve been teaching for ten years, this was my first…

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…

Part 3: RSA-style animation: FILMING

Today we started the filming process with some of the students. They were very excited! After drafting their drawings, recording their explanation on Photobooth and practicing on a whiteboard, they were more than ready to get started. Practice makes perfect Seowon practices her drawing on a smaller whiteboard. She also thought about what title she…