What is one of the most effective ways to create an engaging and differentiated computing lesson?

I’ve often heard colleagues in schools suggest how difficult it can be to teach computing and to keep their students engaged.

Often there is a large range of ability in the class – from the very bright students, who have made raspberry pi weather stations in their back yards, right through to those who struggle to grasp the basics.

I’ve worked with some teachers who get around this problem by working with students in a lunchtime or an after school club. But this requires more time, resources, and preparation.

Despite these challenges, both teachers and students love the idea of using robots in their lessons.  Anything that can move around, flash lights, and play sounds will help bring topics to life.

I think many colleagues agree that robots and physical computing helps to engage students. It also makes it easier to differentiate for different abilities because students can start with simple robots or projects and move on as and when they are ready.

To make it easier and more time efficient to introduce physical computing we have created an online learning space. This online space allows students to keep track of their progress and takes them from beginner level to building a real robot with sensors.

The first part is FREE. It introduces the popular arduino board and shows you how to light up an LED. You will then have some fun challenges to complete.

If you like the course and would like to upgrade to the full version, please use code: ZTeach1 for a 25% discount.

If this is of interest, further information is available here: http://zobotics.tech/make-for-schools

You can also contact me directly on 07703 294 942  or zan@zobotics.tech