Beaverton High School’s two 9th grade AVID teachers, Kellie Rosenberger and Jessica Fregoso, had a desire to do a team building activity involving the Focused Note Taking process, Cornell notes and collaborative teams. They reached out to Jason Hohnbaum, LITT, to see about using Spheros to infuse technology in to their plan.
During the planning meeting, it was determined that the 50 9th grade students would be split into 3 groups. Each group would be take notes on a given a piece of the “puzzle” and then would share their notes, teach each other what they had learned and then finally work together to accomplish their task. One group would go with Jason to learn how to use the Sphero app on the iPads. The second group went with Kellie to learn about the Sphero itself and some of its capabilities. The 3rd group went with Jessica to learn about the task of spelling “AVID” using blue tape, then having the Sphero trace it.
After the instructions were given, the students had about an hour to accomplish their task. Many students soon realized that while it was easy to drive the Sphero, programming it was another story. All groups managed to spell the A, many managed to get to I, and there were some who were frustrated they ran out of time. Students used skills in note-taking, collaboration, communication, coding, critical thinking, perseverance, problem solving and reflection of their learning. Even though the groups of students didn’t officially complete the task, it was a great success in teamwork and team building and 21st Century skills.
Sphero visits to 10th and 12th grade AVID classes are already in the works!
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