Lego Education - WeDo 2.0
Neil from Lego Education demonstrated how their new computing and STEM resource, WeDo 2.0 can be used in primary and secondary classrooms with students following tutorials or selecting more open ended tasks that all have a problem solving focus linked to the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
We experimented with creating a robot and using the free Lego Education apps to control him using sensors.
Dean Sillett - Problem Solving with Tynker
Dean is an Apple Distinguished Educator and teacher at a primary school in Blackburn. Dean demonstrated how he uses computing concepts in Tynker to deconstruct and solve problems with his students. We discussed the differences between the free and paid versions of the Tynker app, and also saw how other apps can be used to enhance the problem solving process. For example, Dean took a screen shot of a particular problem and then added into an Explain Everything slide, where he was able to annotate over the image in different colours to work out the stages the program would need to include and to add a voice recording over the top where he is explaining what he has done. A fantastic way to develop students oracy skills.
GBM - Computing with Sphero
GBM explored the full programming cycle, including: planning and design, creation, testing and debugging using the pre-programmable robots, Sphero. The BB8 Sphero from the new Star Wars movie also made an appearance!
Using the free SPRK Lightening Lab app, delegates were able to program the Sphero around a maze set up on the floor and debugged as they went by adjusting the speed or direction.
We ended the day with an update on the new education focused features of the upcoming iOS 9.3 release by our Apple Solutions Expert Partner, GBM. Exciting times ahead!