It is almost impossible in this day and age to avoid digital technology. It has become a big part in many childrens’ lives, being exposed to smartphones, computers and tablets. As it becomes more common to use tablets in schools as educational tools, exposure to digital technology is inevitable.
Coding can be a good way for children to gain an understanding and appreciation of how digital technology works.
Education is such an important part of children’s development and there are so many different teaching styles, curriculum and methods that are being used in educational establishments today. The use of technological aids and equipment is becoming more prevalent in the approaches to teaching in modern day.
White Lodge invests into excellent teaching resources to keep students excited about learning and take great pride in investing in the most current resources. White Lodge have introduced the Bee- Bot programmable floor robot in all of their Kindergarten classes. Here are some of its benefits:
Computational and algorithmic thinking
Children are introduced to the pre-programming concept of algorithm design by sequencing the Bee-Bot’s movements. It has a simple and child-friendly layout that is a perfect for teaching coding, extending imagination and creativity while learning to communicate appropriately in a social setting. The multi-sensory robot is colourful, with flashing eyes, sounds and movement to keep children intrigued and engaged.
Improves communication skills
This new learning aid introduces children to design and technology and helps them improve their spatial visualisation skills while having fun. They are encouraged to mentally orientate, manipulate, track and rotate the Bee-Bot while using their language skills to recall, interpret and articulate command sequences.
Facilitates creativity and collaboration
Coding can be likened to storytelling, both follow a logical pattern, a story always has a beginning, middle and end. This newly found creative inspiration can assist children in being successful in areas such as public speaking and writing. Using the Bee-Bot also helps to extend children’s team-working abilities through a multi-sensory approach while allowing them to explore new technology.
White Lodge strives to provide an education with ‘something more’. With this exciting and innovative learning benefit at White Lodge, children are enjoying the introduction of the Bee-Bot to their classroom!