This year’s project began with a PD Session on October 5th and 6th for teachers in the project in the first half of the year. Teacher’s were introduced to some new equipment for this year like the Green City Challenge kit.
Thank you to all the classrooms who have submitted applications for the 2010-2011 project. At present it appears there will be 33 schools involved this year with multiple classrooms in most schools. Thankfully we were able to purchase additional Lego Robotics and Snap Circuit Electric kits to meet all of these requests.
If you have applied but have not received a confirmation email as to when you will be receiving your kits please contact ETSS at 789-0464.
The kits will be loaned out either together or separately for a period of approximately 5 weeks. Students will be asked to complete the survey on this blog at the end of their project time. The ETSS support teacher will be available to work with students and teachers during their 5 week block.
Professional development has been set for either October 5th or February 9th but at present there are no release funds available. More information will be available shortly.
If you did not apply to the project but would still like to be considered we can place you on a wait list. Please contact ETSS for more information.
All reflections should be connected in some way to the Principles of Learning.
Reflections could be done by Filming the Process through photos, videos, illustrations, print and talk
- Is there evidence of troubleshooting, testing, and refinements based on data or scientific principles?
- Has the student evidenced knowledge of robot structure and programming?
- Pictures of Process
- Audio, Video or Written reflections from students and teacher
An example appears below…
Questions from “Getting Started with Lego Robotics” by Mark Gura
This year the Igniting Learning project will be focusing on the following outcome:
To increase student engagement through critical thinking and problem solving by integrating technology (ICT) into instructional and assessment strategies.
The following are suggested outcome indicators:
- Using guided and independent inquiry, students will build and program Lego robots and design electrical circuits using problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- b) While using the Lego Robotics kits students will be encouraged to extend their understanding of basic programming by investigating extensions, challenges and innovative technologies.
- c) Students engagement will be evident in the learning process as students meet learning outcomes in math, science, and English language arts with assessment for learning embedded into the learning process
How will we know?
The Igniting Learning Blog http://blogs.wsd1.org will have a survey for teachers and students to reflect on their learning at some point during their 5 week block.
As well during the Igniting time, teachers will continue to use the assessment for learning strategies that students are familiar with and assist them in their learning.
Students being familiar with TIC- Task, Intent, Criteria during their learning. Students reflecting in learning journals and logs.
Students reflecting in a classroom, school or division blog.
Photo and Video evidence of learning and student reflection integrated into these Exit slips
Achievement checklists and rubrics, teacher observations, anecdotal notes