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My students need a full set of Sphero Sprk+ robots to practice their programming skills. They also need the Blue Snowball microphone to give every student a voice.
The students I serve are 3rd-5th grade academically/intellectually gifted students. I have yet to find a topic that they do not want to explore. From chess to jury trials, the American Revolution to Algebra, and most definitely anything technology related.
These students love a good challenge!
My goal is to meet their academic and social needs through rigorous thematic studies and collaborative group work. Every unit we study includes both math and literacy with a focus on 21st century digital literacy.
As an educator, there is no denying the critical need for students to have exposure to real computer programming and coding experiences. Everyone may not grow up to become a computer programmer but everyone is certainly impacted by computer programs. Much like basic math skills have always been important, some basic computer coding skills are now important.
When a student understands some basic computer programming, he or she has a better understanding of how the technology that makes our lives easier works.
That means that when something isn't working right, we can begin to figure out the reason for the problem. The Sphero Sprk+ is the perfect tool for providing these experiences. With these robots, students will learn simple and complex programming concepts with block code elements.
There are many STEM challenges available to choose from. For example, students could first build a bridge following certain specifications and then write a program that will result in the Sphero driving across the bridge. My students are very excited about the opportunity to use these robots to learn more about computer programming.
It is important that students have the opportunity to communicate their learning with each other and ask questions of each other. Every year, I have some students that are timid and often introverted. Their voices do not carry through the classroom like the voices of others. I recently found a cool microphone that you can throw around the room for students to use. It connects with speakers using bluetooth technology and allows the student to speak in their quiet voice but still be heard. I believe this tool would be very beneficial. We would appreciate any support we can get from the Donorschoose community! Thank you.
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|Education Pack - Sphero SPRK+® x 12 • Sphero||$1,199.99||1||$1,199.99|
|Blue Snowball USB Microphone (Electric Blue) • Amazon Business||$66.45||1||$66.45|
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