Link for Steer Spreadsheet
This happy face shows how the fourth graders were feeling today as we started to use the Sphero robotic balls which we were blessed with through a grant from Sphero! Total excitement and engagement!
The first task of the day was learning how to set up and move the Spheros using the free Sphero Drive app. Here is a video showing the directions:
Teamwork while learning to steer the Sphero
Then the students did a “Target Practice” activity to see how close they could steer the Sphero to a dot on the floor in 8 seconds.
Setting up the Sphero on the starting line
Measuring the distance from the target
Students measured how close the Sphero came to the target and recorded the data. Each student made 4 tries. We will be working to find their average distance next week. We will be analyzing and comparing the data from their class using a spreadsheet.
I took some video clips on my phone and tested out a couple new (for me) video editing apps. This first one (below) was done with the free (with inapp purchases) Replay app. It formats the video into a square shape for Instagram and chops and mixes up the clips. There are a few options for titles and styles that come for free, many more for purchase. Saves to camera roll and shares to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
The one below is using the free Adobe Premiere Clip app. It was easy to add multiple clips, do simple edits, and had quite a few nice options for music. You can save to the camera roll and share to Youtube or use Adobe Creative Cloud. The big feature it was missing is titles – none at all that I could see. I saved my finished video to the camera roll and then added my title using iMovie
I hope the videos capture a bit of the fun and excitement that using Sphero generated in our classes!
Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)