Sphero MacroLab is an excellent way of learning and experimenting with programming coding.
It works with macros, but… what is a macro, really?
The definition from wikipedia is “A macro (short for “macroinstruction”, from Greek μακρο- ‘long’) in computer science is a rule or pattern that specifies how a certain input sequence (often a sequence of characters) should be mapped to a replacement output sequence (also often a sequence of characters) according to a defined procedure.”
Wow it seems complex… but don´t worry, it isn’t. In my own words a macro is an easy and visual instruction that we can use directly in order to get one action rather than typing all the coding. For instance, imagine that we want to get the colour of the sphero orange.
Wake up the sphero! (switch on)
The model 1 is shaking the ball twice.
The model 2 is giving two small hits.
Dynamo Maths is a three-stage online programme to help pupils with dyscalculia and SEN. http://www.dynamomaths.co.uk/
Stage 1 – Multi-Sensory Activities with Downloadable Resources Over 230 maths games, activities and printable resources written by dyscalculia experts. Learning maths concepts through touch, feel and play. These games and activities develop mental strategies and confidence with maths.
Stage 2 – Interactive Reinforcement through On Screen Practice using Visual Models and Images. Over 230 activities that activate many sensory channels and build confidence. Audio and visual stimuli to harness a variety of learning styles. Unlimited questions in small cumulative steps. Personalize and set on – line homework.
Stage 3 – Dynamic Worksheets for Reinforcement and Testing Understanding. Unlimited dynamic printable worksheets with new questions each time. Enables the child to record their work on paper, think through and reflect on their learning.
GRID 2 is an Alternative and Augmentative Communication software which can help students that need extra support during cognitive and/or communication tasks.
It is presented as the name indicates, as a grid with different options that the students can choose.
Each square can contain different commands, so when the student click them something happen Magic!
Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics.
Category: preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
The students of my class loves that site, because it makes the learning something funny, interactive and they are the focus of the action. It is not only to sit and listen but to participate actively which increase pupils´attention and engagement.
On the other hand is a free resource and therefore they can practice at home. Moreover, the easy interface also fosters self-learning and independence attitudes.
What is spheroSphero is a programmable robot that allows us to create our own applications.