Bee-Bot Workshop

August 4, 2007


Tentative Agenda

10:00 - 10:15 Introductions

10:15 - 10:30 Overview of project
  • Why we think this is important
  • Goals for the project:
    • Collaborative writing, planning, and testing between teachers
    • Communication and collaboration among students
    • Communication and collaboration with distance classrooms – both teachers and students (tentative)
  • Grant commitments and expectations:
    • Complete weekly journal entries
    • Meet grant timeline activity deadlines
    • Collaborate closely with partner teacher and other grant participants
    • Finalize a minimum of two classroom tested, publishable activities
  • WSU graduate credit

10:30 - 11:15
  • Meet Bee-Bot
  • Distribute and unpack Bee-Bot kits
    • 5 Bee-Bots
    • Bee-Bot shells
    • Transparent grid
    • Track construction set
    • Command card set
  • Bee-Bot activities and manipulatives:
    • Number line
    • Alphabet line
    • Colors and shapes
    • CVC
    • Bee-Bot command cards
    • Estimation (circle activity)
11:15 - 11:45 Introduce wiki
  • Introductions
  • Navigating the wiki and submitting/sharing projects

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch and discussion

12:30 - 1:00 Brainstorm
  • Ideas for classroom activities, including concepts addressed
  • Match partners

1:00 - 1:45 Create activities:
  • Work with partner
  • Create, play, and share

1:45 - 2:15 Share Activities:
  • Share with the group
  • Add two preliminary activities/topics/lessons to wiki

2:15 - 2:30 Review timeline for grant activities:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 4 - Post Journal Entry - Share details of how you introduced Bee-Bot or plan to introduce Bee-Bot to your students. Include any classroom management, care and feeding, rules. etc.
  • Monday, September 17 - first drafts of (minimum) two lessons plan posted
  • Monday, October 15 - partner classroom testing and feedback completed
  • Monday, November 12 - large group feedback and testing completed
  • Monday, December 10 - lesson plans (minimum two) finalized for publication

2:30 - 3:00 Time permitting:
  • Bee-Bot software
  • Roamer
  • Powerpoint cards
  • Kidspiration activities
  • Skype

NOTE: WSU graduate credit opportunities:
  • Fall 2007 - participation in Bee-Bot Grant and fulfillment of all commitments

  • Spring 2008:
    • Additional testing of Bee-Bot activities in the classroom
    • Development of assessment rubrics for Bee-Bot activities
    • A position paper about the advantages of using Bee-Bot in the classroom