Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of Turtle Talk, the Terrapin newsletter.
TacTile Reader: A New Way to Program
Connect to Blue-Bot, Arrange the Tiles, Press GO!
The TacTile Reader is a unique and fun alternative to using a tablet to program Blue-Bot. Place individual tiles, each representing a Blue-Bot command, in a row on the TacTile Reader to build a sequence of instructions. Press GO and watch Blue-Bot follow the program as each tile lights up step by step. Change the program? Rearrange the tiles and try again!
The TacTile Reader provides a friendly introduction to remote control and offers a hands-on immersion in coding that is both fun and easy to use.
Each rechargeable TacTile Reader comes complete with 25 tiles. Connect up to three TacTile Readers to create longer programs. Additional standard and extended tile sets are available.
On her blog, kindergartenlife, Sharon Davison of Allen Brook School in Williston, VT recounts how she added Bee Bots to her classroom and uses them to promote learning across the curriculum.
Learning about Bee Bots Leads to Literacy
Working with her kindergarten students, Sharon developed a simple activity around the concept of a 'How To' story, through which the children learned not only how to construct such a story, but also practiced their literacy skills, demonstrated creativity, and furthered their understanding of how to use the robots. Sharon says that the activity "was a hit!" Students learn about both Bee Bots and the concept of a 'How To' story, and she can see clearly which students need more help.