In class, we were introduced to Beebots to develop our knowledge of coding further.
Firstly, I looked at the different options I could use to code for movement. To ensure continuous movement I needed to create a sequence.
We were put in pairs and given a map to practice different sequences for the Beebots.
Our main task was to program or code the Beebot to travel to 3-4 locations across the map within 1 sequence.
Location 1) The Cave
Location 2) The Bridge
Location 3) The Palm Trees
Location 4) The Waterfall
Using Beebots in Mathematics and Literacy
Beebots can be utilised in the area of mathematics for developing problem-solving skills by asking questions like what is the quickest way to get to a certain location in the fewest codes? Or how can we get to a location using only two directions?
It can also be an effective way of practicing addition and subtraction as children could be given a sum to complete with the beebot to show the location where it will end up based on the number sentence.
Beebots can be used in literacy to develop children's sense of positional and directional language. They may be used in an activity to locate sight words by laying out a map of words and asking children to locate the correct word by coding the beebot.
Bruner's Constructivist Theory
The Iconic Stage involves visual aids to represent thinking e.g diagrams, pictures and illustrations. This stage applies to children who cannot read or write, but may be able to communicate or understand an instruction through the use of an image.
The Symbolic Stage refers to information being stored mainly as words or mathematical symbols. At this stage, children will have developed the ability to read. We used visual command cards and notation to code our Beebot.