Bee-Bots are being used at Willard School to connect different styles of learning. Most of the time when a teacher uses Bee-Bot in class, he or she is tying content that is already being taught, like math facts, sight words, spelling, and vocabulary with programming. Students can program Bee-Bot to travel on a mat to spell a word, answer a problem, or identify a word for example.
Ms. Morrison's class added another facet by using QR codes. Students use an iPad to scan a QR code and either listen to a word being read or watch a short video clip. They then program Bee-Bot to go to a rhyming word or an image that matches what they see in the video.
This use of Bee-Bots directly ties the programming in with the curriculum and engages the students by allowing for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning.
The Bee-Bots at Willard School were generously funded through a grant from the Perloff Family Foundation which is engaged in funding educational innovation in Maine.
Click on the image below to see a slide show of Willard School students using Bee-Bot.