This is the second article based on the ESL work of Maggie Morrissey in Russia. It shows two ways she used to teach English to her students. This first of these involved peer teaching: ten-year-old students taught five-year-olds how to Play Turtle. The second method involved students using English to learn about Roamer and included writing user guides. Some of this work reproduced the successful programme run by an Australian teacher using Classic Roamer. She worked with children from various embassies in Canberra: she had to deal with 13 different languages and students with no English.
Learning About Roamer
Once again four years have flown by and a new World Cup has started in Russia. Even better, England won a game. You may hate football, but you can’t deny the passions and emotions it creates for many people including your students. Why not harness their enthusiasm with a set of Roamer challenges? Roamer has a talent for connecting with student interests.
When a 4th Grade student started to choke on a chicken bone her friends programmed Roamer to make a dramatic life-saving dash to the hospital. Teacher and Roamer enthusiast Michael Raby set this and other problems for his students to solve in a wonderfully playful lesson. (more…)
Valiant Technology started working with educational robots in 1983. In those days people used Logo to program Turtles. Now you can use Roamer ScratchX to program Roamer. In this article I explain how it makes an ideal partnership.
EAL, ESOL, ESL… there is a bewildering number of acronyms which cover the teaching of English as a second language. Many years ago a teacher in Canberra, the capital of Australia had a classroom full of children from various Foreign Embassies. She literally had to cope with something like 13 different languages and children who spoke virtually no English. In the first of several articles Maggie Morrissey explains how she use Roamer to teach her young Russian students English. This article is also published by Maggie on the Technology to Teach web site. (more…)