1 Welcoming the 'Beebot Brothers'!
The teacher show the two beebots to the class and ask them to describe the robots, tell them they are brothers and give them names (can be chosen by the students or given).
The teachers does an unplugged activity to make the students understand the basics of coding.
The preschoolers need to describe the shapes, colors, sounds, material (if they know) and guess what the buttons are for.
The students work in pairs. One student in front of the other, turning their back to their peer. The student in front acts as the beebot and the student in the back operates the person by tapping (gently!) on the shoulder (= Right / Left), on the back (= Backward) and on the head (= Forward). The student in the back programme their human robot (their peer) with the basic 4 moves.
2 Making the Beebots take a walk!
2 iPads (one per group) to scan the codes (students can take turn to scan the codes
Chalk (to trace the Beebot routes/maze) or tape. Make sure you measure and put a small mark every 15 cms.
We have two routes: one route for advanced readers, one for beginners.
Examples are on the attached googledoc.
In the process, not only will the students read and programme but they also learn how to take turns / collaborate / be patient.
The students should know how to scan a QR code.
There are two routes/mazes (easy and difficult, according to the reading level of the students). In each group, the students programme a part of the route until a QR code and they scan to code and read aloud.
3 Wrap up
The teacher asks the students to take an iPad each and use the app "ChatterPix" to answer the question: "What did we learn today". The students are encouraged to take a picture of the beetbot and make it speak with the app.
Then they have to save the video on their camera roll in order to upload it on Seesaw (their blog / eportfolio) in order to take ownership of their learning, publish and share with their parents.
The students use Chatterpix and make their beebot explains what they learnt about today (about scanning QR cdoe, reading, programming, directions, clearing information, making mistakes...) and then share their video on Seesaw.