I bought a class set of these for the #Futurebus to use over the summer at the summer camps but they didn't come in enough time for us to plan with them. Once we started the new school year they took our department by storm. I sat in on a webinar and immediately drank the Kool Aide and bought two for my home to start playing and have my daughter explore with me. Whenever I have a new tool or gadget at work I always bring it home for my 8 year old to explore with me. When the ozobots arrived my daughter pulled out a huge piece of ikea butcher paper and ended up drawing an amazing maze with my husband for over two hours.
As a team we very quickly started teaching ozobots in elementary and middle school classes across the district. These guys are nice and small so it makes for an easy tabletop activity. I had a small set I traveled to classes with (6) and I would ask teachers to provide butcher paper and "fat" tipped markers in the colors red, black, green, and blue. With elementary students I will also start off with the Ozobot Basic Training Lessons. I also will always have copies of some of their quick reference guides as well.
In a few weeks I will be trying the ozoblockly with first graders for the first time so I will have to post an update. At less than $40 a piece they make for a great first classroom robot experience!
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