I have been trying to integrate technology into my classroom throughout my career. I have also been looking into the the use of robotics and coding in my classroom. I was also looking for something new for the tech club I supervise. I had done some research and found some of the cool things one can do with a Sphero. A Sphero is basically a durable, programmable robotic ball of engagement and fun. I was recently at a local edCamp and was able to play with one of these and see the possibilities that using a tool like this can do, I also found that there are many ideas to use in a classroom found at https://sprk.sphero.com/remixes . I was able to secure some funding for two units (they are about $150 each for a sphero 2.0). Now it was time to put these devices to work. After talking with my esteemed intern about using this in our work place 20 class, he and another intern came up with a great idea of a lesson. We decided to do a math lab involving students exploring right triangles using rulers, projectors, and Spheros. Students collected data and shared their findings. It was great to see students come up with their own rules, look at programming with the Sphero, and share their findings
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 19 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.