Ozobots? A Hands-on Way to Teach Coding

The 3rd grade class at Meadowbrook has been introduced to Ozobots by our new Director of Academic Advancement. Kristen Haugen has joined our Meadowbrook staff this year to find new and exciting ways to bring technology into the classroom. As a seasoned science teacher, her 20 years of experience and knowledge in teaching a hands-on curriculum has already benefited our students. She incorporated the use of Kindle Fires with SeeSaw in Kindergarten through 3rd grade and has been leading a new venture in Ozobot programming in the 3rd, 5th and 6th-grade classrooms. (Google classroom is being introduced in the 4th grade.) 

 

Ozobots are tiny robots that use colored pathways to travel. Certain color combinations dictate different commands along the paths. The process of creating paths and commands for the Ozobots teaches our students the basics of coding. Different apps and programs apply! What a great way to have tons of fun and learn at the same time!

 

 

 

Technology

technologyThe Meadowbrook School believes that the technology curriculum should be an integrated, interdisciplinary program that is effective, challenging, and engaging. The technology curriculum is built to fit the needs of each grade. 

 

Kindergarten classes are exposed to the technology through software and teacher-led activities. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades use the computers to perfect their writing skills and create artwork using graphics software in the technology lab. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade only access the Internet with teacher guidance.

 

Students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades utilize the Internet for various projects in the classroom. Research and internet searching skills, Internet safety, and etiquette are key elements of the technology curriculum. Students learn to check for the reliability and validity of websites and the information on them.

 

Keyboard skills are taught and reinforced at all grades levels. Students also learn to use a wide range of commonly used software tools as well as multimedia software to create presentations with the information gathered.

 

The Meadowbrook School recently completed a school-wide upgrade and expansion of the technology infrastructure in the summer of 2015.