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“On a Roll” with Sphero Data Collection

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The fourth graders had a blast this week working with our Sphero robotic balls! We were blessed with a set of 10 Spheros a few years ago through a grant we received through Sphero and the Apple Distinguished Educator program.

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Step one of this lesson was learning to drive the Sphero using the Drive app on an iPad. Students had to use their problem solving skills to carefully orient the Sphero and to adjust the speed so they could steer it accurately.

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Step two of this lesson was “Target Practice.” Students stood on a launch line and had 8 seconds to try to steer the Sphero to a target. They measured the distance from the target and collected the data about their accuracy on a worksheet. We will be finishing our data collection in the coming week and will add the information to a spreadsheet for further analysis.

TASKS FOR WEEK 2 SPHERO

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

WHEN COMPLETED: Use one of the following Coding apps on your iPad to do more problem solving activities.

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding

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.)

Sphero Problem Solving – Reflect

Here is the data from the spreadsheets showing how accurately you were able to steer your Sphero:

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Students, I want you to leave a comment on our blog reflecting on the Sphero activity. Remember, no last names. Write several sentences telling me:

1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?

2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?

3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?

4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!

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.)

Sphero Target Practice 2016

Here are the Sphero tasks for you to complete today (in this order):

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)  Here is the video if you forgot how to pair or set up the Sphero using the Drive app.

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

5. When you are done, you may try either the Sphero app or the Drive and Draw app.

6. IF TIME: Put the Sphero and the measuring tape in the boxes on the back row.  Take the iPad back to your chairs (if people are still doing the target practice, you may sit on the floor) and with your partner/partners work on one of these Coding Apps:

Lightbot One Hour Coding (currently free) – a coding puzzle game with light up tiles

Cargo-Bot (currently free) – a coding puzzle game where you program a robot to move crates

Move the Turtle (currently $2.99) – simple coding using command blocks, similar to Logo or Scratch

Daisy the Dino (currently free) – easy drag and drop coding

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.)

 

Sphero Lesson Self Reflections 2015

Here are the spreadsheets/graphs created by each class showing the data we collected while using our Spheros:

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Students, I want you to leave a comment on our blog reflecting on the Sphero activity. Remember, no last names. Write several sentences telling me:

1. What did you like about using the Spheros? What did you learn about using them?

2. What things were tricky about using the Spheros? How did you solve your problems with using them?

3. How did you have to use math while you did the Target Practice activity?

4. What is an idea of something you would like to learn how to do using the Sphero (a trick you would like to make it do)? Be creative!

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.)

Sphero Target Practice – Day 2

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Here are the Sphero tasks for you to complete today (in this order):

1. Finish 4 tries of Sphero Target Practice. Enter the data on your data sheet. Your data must be in inches – if you did feet and inches you will need to convert it to all inches! (If all 4 tries were zero, see Miss Bosch. You will need to try again at a harder distance to get some numbers to use!)  Here is the video if you forgot how to pair or set up the Sphero using the Drive app.

2. Find the total of your four tries (add) and put the total on your data sheet.

3. On your computer, click on Mission Control, then Dashboard. Use the calculator to find your average score.  To find the average take the (TOTAL) divided by (4). Write down the average – it may be a decimal.

4. Go to the front computer. Type in your first name, your total, and your average into the spreadsheet. It will build a graph of your scores as you enter the data. If the front computer is busy, go to the next step and come back when it isn’t busy.

5. You may try out the Sphero and the Draw and Drive apps with your Sphero when you are done. Try to stay out of the way of other groups.

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.)

 

Sphero Target Practice

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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:

Total Concentration!

Total Concentration!

Teamwork while learning to steer the Sphero

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

Setting up the Sphero on the starting line

Measuring the distance from the target

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.)