Digital Learning Day celebrates the use of digital technology in learning and in particular, highlights innovative and forward-thinking technology for learning in the classroom. Digital learning includes many different tools and applications to support teachers and students, including online courses, digital content and a wide range of resources.
Digital Learning Day started as a way to ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. It’s about enhancing the role of a teacher by using modern day tools to improve the learning experience in schools and highlights great teaching practice and instructional technology programs that improve student outcomes.
At Learning Resources®, we have products that use technology to supplement and enhance lessons in the classroom, particularly lessons in coding.
This coding activity set has been specifically designed to engage and inspire primary children in STEM lessons to develop enthusiasm from a young age.
We sent our robot mouse to Emma Vanstone of Science Sparks to test out with a few questions, here is what she said:
How did you use the product?
For my five-year-old we used Colby the Robot Mouse to introduce the concept of programming. She found the direction cards very helpful and the process of planning, coding and then correcting her routes has been brilliant for improving her logic skills.
My eight-year-old was able to code Colby without the direction cards, which has been great for helping develop his spatial awareness and ability to visualise directional changes, as well as working through the process of coding, checking and then amending his code if necessary.
What are the educational benefits of the resource?
The Robot Mouse Activity Set is great for improving logic, reasoning, directional skills and for practising following instructions, as well as being an engaging and entertaining introduction to coding.
What is the long-term appeal of the resource?
Our Robot Mouse Activity Set comes out frequently without any encouragement from me. Each time it’s played with the children find a new way to explore the set, such as building their own obstacles for Colby or creating their own layouts.
Would you recommend this product to a friend?
I would definitely recommend the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set. Its bright colours, easy to handle design and educational benefits make it a superb addition to any child’s collection of toys and games.
This Botley® activity set is our next generation of coding robot and is the ideal introduction to coding. It Engages children as young as 5 years old in a basic form of coding utilising step coding and logic.
We sent Botley to Jo Moore, a reception year 1 teacher at Snettisham Primary School in Norfolk. Jo took Botley into her school and allowed her children to play and explore the robot. This is what she had to say:
How was this product used within the classroom?
I introduced ‘Botley’ to the children as a whole class carpet session. We discussed what ‘coding’ meant…’making a sequence to make something do something’ and we looked at his basic functions. We set up a little course and I gave the children the challenge to get the ball to the goal. We started off just programming in one-step instructions. Then after this we tried programming a sequence.
How did Botley support learning in the classroom?
Botley is a perfect way to introduce and develop coding with this age group (4 – 6). They absolutely loved how Botley looked and were so engaged in the activity. Everyone wanted a turn and were sad when we had to put it away for lunch! ‘Coding’ can be a tricky concept to explain to young children but is a requirement of the National Curriculum and essential for our modern technology, so Botley helps children to learn in a simple effective way.
Do you feel Botley supports your role as a teacher?
Yes, it’s a fantastic resource to introduce coding to the children. They can be very hands-on and active, learning the ideas of ‘coding’ before they try more complex coding programmes on the computer or ipad. Everything comes in the box that you need so it doesn’t take any time at all to plan and set up.
Do you feel Botley will meet your requirements to teach the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Framework?
Yes, for the EYFS children it covers the ‘Technology’ area of ‘Understanding the World’ plus also enables them to begin to explore position and direction which features in the ‘Mathematics.’
For the National Curriculum it is perfect for the ‘Computing’ curriculum and has massive scope for how you can incorporate computing into mathematics to look at position and direction which features in ‘Geometry’.
Coming soon to our range of coding robots is Artie 3000™ the coding, drawing robot.
Artie introduces the basics of coding and fuels creativity and imagination!
Artie employs the easy-to-use drag and drop programming which can be used on a Mac, PC or tablet. Artiedevelops left-brain skills such as basic programming, geometry and maths as children control him. Artiealso develops right-brain skills such as creativity, imagination and expression as children develop patterns and drawing.
Artie can draw:
- Shapes including a square, triangle, circle and an octagon
- A mandala and star
- Games including noughts and crosses, hangman and a maze
- Artiecan also write ‘Artie Party!’
- Or children can create their own code!
Artie is available at Learning Resources from the 15/03/2019, or pre order now!