As the school's Instructional Technology teacher I am able to push-in and pull-out to support the teachers and students with remediation and extensions of contents with the use of technology. This year, I get to work with seventy-nine Kindergarteners, ninety first graders, ninety-one second graders, seventy-one third graders, sixty-six fourth graders, and seventy-four fifth graders. These one hundred girls and one hundred eleven boys are a mixed ability bunch, some with gifted, special needs identification, and some labeled ESL. The students come from diverse households that range from low income to middle class.
The school I teach in is a Title I public elementary school that has socio-economical and multicultural diversity.
Eighty percent of our population receives free or reduced-price lunch. Our school has a large population of special needs students, including SECEP and severe and profound disabilities.
The students I see are always ready to learn when the material is presented in an exciting way. My students are visual and kinesthetic learners. They need to see and touch the things they are learning in order for concepts to become concrete. They are a technologically aware generation and want to use many electronic learning devices aside from school computers.
Cozmo is a tiny robot with a personality that is equipped with, Code Lab, the perfect platform for new coders to unlock their imaginations. Students can simply drag and drop a few blocks and they will see Cozmo act out their creation. Essentially, Cozmo is a robot that helps kids learn about simple code language and deductive reasoning. With Cozmo, I can bring robots into my classroom to teach math, science, English and language arts along with other topics! Coding introduces critical thinking, problem solving, the scientific method, algorithms, and more! My lessons will integrate math and science to move the robot, and language arts to draw, describe projects, and develop games and presentations. Cozmo also teaches coding concepts using a graphic programming language that access its core functionality.
I’ll take my classroom to the next level of learning with Cozmo, and Code Lab.
Using the curriculum, the students will be able to apply the scientific method, patterns, and communication methods. Learning to code will have them analyze problems and design algorithms to program robot actions, use logic, and develop reasoning using Code Lab. Code Lab was jointly developed by MIT and Google, which uses a visual drag-and-drop blocks that string together. By simplifying programming into a more accessible format, all students can code. With Cozmo and Code lab, there are no limits to what we can create. All it takes is imagination.
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