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Beebots

by Aoife Longworth

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Introduction to Beebots !
In week seven of digital learning, we were focusing on the topic of Beebots.
A Beebot is a programmable robot used to scaffold children's learning about coding.
Since I had never used beebots in primary school I was intrigued when my lecturer first demonstrated them to me.
I was curious to see how they could be used as an effective resource in the classroom.
However, through watching the introductory video on loop and observing my peer's approach to playing with the Beebots, I could see the positive effect they would have in the classroom.
Beebots are a great classroom resource, that teach children to code in an engaging and constructivist way.
Freeplay
My lecturer allowed us to use the beebots freely, investigating their design and pressing their buttons.
Through unstructured play I had to think independently and use my problem-solving skills to figure out how the beebot worked.
Storytelling
Our task was to create a story that takes Beebot on a journey using the story mat as a stimulus.
I really enjoyed this activity as I got to use my imaginative skills.
I believe that a story mat is an excellent resource in the classroom to facilitate children's learning of coding as it helps them to develop their problem-solving skills.
By creating and elaborating on their stories, children build on their oral language skills.
Curriculum

Through the use of Beebot the children are communicating, demonstrating, problem solving and justifying.
According to the (NCCA, 2022, p.18) for junior and senior infants, the child should be capable of applying and problem solving, communicating and expressing, integrating and connecting and reasoning.
To extend the children's learning, the teacher could ask the students to write a story based on Beebots journey, developing their reading and writing skills.
References
Mathematics. Curriculum. (n.d.). Retrieved November 8, 2022, from https://curriculumonline.ie/Primary/Curriculum-Areas/Mathematics/
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