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Old 03-02-2018, 02:39 PM
 
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Hi! I teach first, and we have a set of these that we can borrow from tbe media center. Would there be a ready for me to try to get a class set for my first graders? Would they be worth the expense?

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I'm not the most informed person to reply but
Old 03-03-2018, 06:35 AM
 
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I just got a couple of these this year through donors choose for my third graders and they are loving them.

I have heard from several people that they break easily, especially because the kids don't realize that if you push down on them too hard it snaps the little parts inside, also if they are used on carpet they can get lint/fiber jammed in their wheels. Also it is pretty hard to get to skins on and off so I can totally see how they might get broken if the kids are messing with the skins. So if you don't think that your kids can be trusted to use them only on the table top and only with very general hands than I'd say they aren't worth it because they will just break.

Otherwise I think that they could absolutely use them with adult assistance and guidance , if you do some learning about them before you pull them out of the box so that your kids already ready to be successful. I don't think you could just pull them out for free exploration for kids that age. Maybe you could if you just did the markers for to color coding if you had some preprinted basic code examples.

For my class I started off by having them do code.org activities to get used to block based code (we are mainly coding them using ozoblockly rather than the markers). My third graders Had to complete their code.org assignment before they moved on to the ozobots. I did that to prevent frustration. I then bought them some ozobot challenges that I could print from tpt. they have a variety of challenges to code.

My end project is that my class will be building cardboard mazes and determining the area and perimeter of the mazes and then coding their ozobots to go through thier maze.
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thank you!
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i appreciate your detailed response. Your students are lucky to have you!
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:11 PM
 
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I have found lessons to help my teachers out when using Ozobots. There are more lessons in the 2-3, but those can easily be adjusted to fit 1st grade.

Here are the K-1 lessons
Here are the 2-3 lessons
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Thanks!
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Thank you, May Cee! Now I am inspired to write that grant!


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Coding stickers
Old 03-20-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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I just came across these stickers for ozobots while reading a blog called tech age kids
https://www.amazon.com/Sticker-Codes...=1521566512545

These would make drawing the code much easier and they might inspire the kids since the sticker codes were invented by an 8 year old.
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