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My goal is to make interactive science notebooks engaging for 5th grade and middle school science students while improving science test scores. NGSS expert, teacher, tpt author, mom, & widow

Hour of Code & Ozobots

Have you heard of Ozobots? Oh, my gosh, the kids LOVE them. I mean love, love, love them. I love them because of all of the curriculum there is. I am a bit tech savvy but using tech doesn't always come easy for me and these are my speed. Easy peasy.

Our tech coach introduced me to these. Here are some high lights why these are great:
  • They are small,
  • Read codes drawn on paper
  • Works with lots of kinds of markers (Crayola, Sharpie, Mr. Sketch, off brand...)
  • Don't take batteries
  • Encourage creativity
  • Curriculum is free and online
For the Hour of Code for grades 2-5: (We had two 40 min. periods)
Day 1:
  • We watched the Brainpop Computer Coding video (subscription)
  • I showed Ozobot and the underside where the bot senses color.
  • I modeled making a track for Ozobot (not too skinny, wobbly, not too wide or too sharp etc.) I modeled mistakes and how to fix them (make a thin line thicker etc.)
  • I modeled calibration on the black dot.
  • I gave students markers and a piece of scratch paper to experiment on. (two pieces of paper so the marker wouldn't go through)
  • I let them try it out. (They learned that the bot changes color depending on the color of the line.)  I loved how some groups put their papers together to make a bigger track.

Day 2:
  • Reviewed Day 1 info.
  • Showed them 3 codes to try on a simple track. This was from Ozobot Basic Training 1
  • The codes I gave them were: blue green blue, red black red, and red, green, blue
  • Once they did the outside, I have them the list of "Master Codes." Now they could code the bot to make U turns, go snail mode, turbo, and more. I had them use the same paper and use the inside of the track.
  • Some of the classes got to the point that I gave them a piece of butcher paper and let them experiment.