We started in December with the Kodable app in order to provide a fun and engaging experience with sequence, planning, problem solving and perseverance. Coding is great for all of these thinking skills. We also noticed that kids really need a lot of opportunities to try, try again, then try multiple times, to work through problems. They seem to think that if they don't get it right the first time, that they are not capable of figuring it out on their own. Coding helps build a positive attitude towards failure, retrying, and perseverance.
Programming the Bee Bot
"Let's see if it goes backward..."
Sometimes there's a bug in the program.
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After that we downloaded the free Bee Bot App on their iPads. First graders just needed a little overview of the programming panel, mostly to understand how to click the pulsing X to have the Bee Bot stop in the program and not go back to start. Then they were off and coding to get that Bee Bot to the flower.
He has noticed that students are developing a sense of communication, "If they didn’t get something, rather than getting frustrated they’ll ask a friend, so they’re working on being cooperative with one another and working as a team.It’s amazing."
Pam Alden talked about the importance of programming the actual Bee Bot, and then transferring that understanding to controlling the Bee Bot on the iPad, "It’s important for them to have the hands on, actually controlling the buttons on the little bugs; then it’s important for them to control the buttons on the ipads."
"It’s great that they can compare the difference between the two... because they have worked with the actual Bee Bots it brings a whole new meaning and better understanding to the app."