This year our PTO purchased a set of ozobot robots as part of our new weCreate Studio. I used ozobots in my Innovation Club and couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to have fifteen hours dedicated to using them :)) So, the next part of my day in summer school consisted of two coding classes. I had a class with students entering 1st grade through 3rd grade and another class with students entering 4th grade through 6th grade. Both classes had 18 students enrolled as I had 18 ozobots available.
Ozobots are mini robots that follow code from a variety of sources. I love using ozobots because of their flexibility and differentiated approach to teach coding to students. With ozobots, you begin by drawing a line on paper and watch the ozobot follow the line. The next step is to add color codes to the line. The ozobot reads the code and then follows that code. Finally, the user logs into ozoblockly.com to write block codes for the ozobot to read. Within the ozoblockly site, there are several different levels the user can utilize from beginner to advanced.
I used lessons from the ozobot website to guide my instruction. My goal for the end of the session was to have the students create a maze and then write the code for the ozobot to complete the maze. Below you can see the schedule I followed.
1st – 3rd Grade
4th – 7th Grade
|Day 1||Explore the ozobot||Explore the ozobot|
|Day 2-3||Basic Training Lesson 1||Basic Training Lesson 1|
|Day 4||Workshop 1||Basic Training Lesson 2|
|Day 5||Workshop 2||Basic Training Lesson 2 cont.|
|Day 6||Free Play with ozobot app AND “Draw coding”||Free Play with ozobot app|
|Day 7-10||Ozoblockly Basic Training Lessons||Ozoblockly Basic Training Lessons|
|Day 11||Deasign and draw maze||Design and draw maze|
|Day 12-13||Finalize maze that ozobot can fit through||Build maze|
|Day 14-15||Write the code for maze||Write the code for maze|
The ozobot website has so many resources that makes using this tool so incredibly easy, even if you have never coded before. I highly recommend including ozobots in your Stem lab or classroom. If funds are low, you can always try creating a project on DonorsChoose.org or even check your local library, they might have a set you can check out!
Now that…Is Positively Techie !
How do you use ozobots in your classroom? I’d love to know!