Teacher Review for Unruly Splats

Splats combines my favorite activities: technology/coding with physical activity and music!

Lori S.
Classroom teacher
Sterling Middle School
Sterling, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Splats for numerous lessons. I have also worked with the Unruly Splats team on a number of projects. Their customer service is above and beyond exceptional. I have used the preprogrammed Splats games for a physical activity break many times, but I have also taught some basic block coding skills with them. We did their Hour of Code program in 2020, which was a easy curriculum to follow. They are working on cross-curricular uses for Splats and constantly innovating new ways to use them. I love the idea that when you create a project with Splats, you can use the physical floor buttons to seen your creation in action.
My Take
They are a great resource for me as a tech teacher. I think other teachers are hesitant to use them because of the lack of knowledge about coding, but you don't have to be a programmer to use them. I think the thing I would like to see improved is to make them rechargeable. If a Splat stops being connected by Bluetooth, you're never quite sure if it is the connection or if the batteries are going out. Their app is really improved as of this fall and much more user friendly for teachers to set up classes and assign logins. All in all, I think the Unruly Splats crew is awesome and so is their product!