Yesterday was our fifth snow day of the school year. At my house, we were actually stuck inside all weekend. Having an extra day to stay in, was not exactly what the doctor ordered. While waiting for Scott to come up with his excellent blog post about the time he met Woody Harrelson, I decided to make something of my own.
We are creating a growing tech library with different STEM items that can be checked out by teachers in our district. That is the good part. The bad part is when some of the items need apps or iPads that the teacher may be unaware of, they have a difficult time using the items. This gave me the idea to start creating lists of resources for our Future Ready STEM library. I was going to create one big list, but then I thought this would be too many items and daunting for teachers to sift through. We just ordered some classroom sets of 18 Ozobots for schools, so I decided to start with them.
The thing that appeals to teachers about Ozobots is that they are very popular with students, easy to maintain and charge, and do not take up too much space in the room. This list was created to email teachers the apps, lesson ideas, and video links to watch the Ozobots in action. I also provided links to purchase them at the bottom of the list. They are very reasonably priced, even on a teacher's salary. I got a class of fifth graders started with Ozobots before Winter Break, and when I came back to pick them up, five students told me they got one for the holidays. That is pretty good proof that students enjoy them. If you haven't checked them out, take a look at the list. I think it has all the resources you would need, but I am always open to suggestions if you have any.
There will be more lists like this for Spheros, Makey Makeys, and Little Bits in the coming months.
Until then, we will wait on Scott's Woody Harrelson post, and you can take a look at the Ozobot resources. Please don't hesitate to contact us on the website with any questions or comments.
Just a couple of guys that have been teaching since the early 90's discussing education. Sometimes snarky, sometimes funny, and always trying to entertain while they give their opinions on how to better education.